Thai Carrot Slaw


I am big on cooking local food from scratch.  But sometimes you need a little help–you never know when a small crisis is going to hit! That’s why I love a food that has options, like this Thai Carrot Slaw.  With julienned carrots in a slightly spicy, peanut-y sauce, it can go local or pre-cut and super-simple.

Thai Carrot Slaw

Thai Carrot Slaw

Recently a light bulb went on with respect to making julienned vegetables.  I discovered that it is (relatively) easy to turn carrots into nice little “matchsticks” with a mandoline.  So I can either make this recipe with my (many, many) CSA carrots–or I can use prepared carrots from the market.  On a good day, I’ve even julienned broccoli stems and added them to the mix!   

Julienne made easy

Julienne made easy

When I was doing the whole corporate-mom bit, it took daily creativity to keep home cooked food on the table.  Late meeting?  Brown grass-fed beef, add jarred sauce and pour over whole wheat spaghetti.  Killer day?  Pull a hearty stew from the freezer and hit the bakery for a whole grain bread.  Add a salad of bagged lettuce or (pre-spun) CSA greens for a second veggie.

Done. Finished. Get in the car and drive kids around all evening. 

Thai Carrot Slaw Closeup

Thai Carrot Slaw Closeup

But even though life has lightened up some, it’s easy to get in a pinch.  How about a little outpatient surgery with a lifting restriction the size of a big glass of milk?  Or a mother’s car accident with a six week hospitalization… (she’s fine now, whew). 

Thai Carrot Slaw, Served

Thai Carrot Slaw, Served

I was first inspired to experiment with an Asian inspired Thai carrot slaw by the discovery of a three color organic julienned carrot mix in the grocery store–eat a rainbow, right?  Then I realized I could make them at home and it was over the top.     

Options are wonderful—whatever kind of day you are having. Yes, I see a have-to-catch-a-movie crisis coming up! 

Thai Carrot Slaw
Serves 6
With julienned carrots in a slightly spicy, peanut-y sauce, Thai Carrot Slaw can go local or go super-simple with packaged shredded carrots.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
126 calories
8 g
0 g
10 g
2 g
1 g
71 g
212 g
4 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126
Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 212mg
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  2. 2 Tablespoons mild olive oil
  3. 1 Tablespoons sesame oil
  4. 2 Tablespoons lime juice ( from 1 lime)
  5. 1 Tablespoons soy sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon sugar
  7. ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  8. ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  9. dash of sriracha or other hot sauce (optional, to taste)
  10. 2 T rice wine vinegar (or another vinegar)
  11. 10 ounces carrots, julienned (1 package or about 5 cups of homemade)
  12. Optional garnish such as black sesame seeds, cilantro or parsley.
  1. In a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl, soften the peanut butter in the microwave. Add the olive oil, stirring until you have a smooth mixture
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except the carrots, and whisk together until well-blended.
  3. Mix in the julienned carrots and stir until evenly coated.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro, or black sesame seeds, or other garnish of your choice.
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  1. Love the flavors that you’ve put together. Is it just me or does that seem like a lot of oil for 10 carrots?

    • You know I was trying to get the carrots all covered, and in terms of an oil/acid ratio, which is often about 2/1, I was worried I was too heavy on the lime and vinegar (though it doesn’t actually taste sour). But if you like your salads lightly dressed, you can cut down on the dressing or increase the carrots. Then it will be even healthier!

  2. What delicious slaw Ingerlook delicious.!
    I love your gadget for make juliene !!

  3. I’m sorry you had a rough patch. I hope you have recovered nicely. I love peanut-y sauces. I can almost taste how delicious this Thai Carrot Slaw is!

  4. delightful! i’m liking this carrot kick you’re on! black sesame seeds are a wonderful touch. 🙂

    • I am very pleased to see my carrot supplies dwindling! And of course trying some new recipes is all part of the fun!

  5. Beautiful photos, Inger! The recipe looks yummy and unique!

  6. I love this Asian version of carrot slaw…looks delicious Inger…thanks for the inspiration!
    Enjoy your week 🙂

  7. This looks great! Think I might have to convince my husband to make this this weekend (I hate using our mandoline – weird, I know!). Glad to hear your mom is ok now!

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