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Easy Carrot Slaw (One Bowl)

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Quick and easy carrot slaw recipe without mayonnaise, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot (bowl) in 30 minutes. Loaded with fresh matchstick carrots, toasted nuts (walnuts, pecans) and tangy lemon orange vinaigrette. Great for Summer bbq and tacos.

Fresh veggies are a Summer favorite around our house. We love the bright colors, and vibrant flavors and I think your family will too. This Apple Colelsaw (One Pot) and Oil And Vinegar Coleslaw (One Bowl) and Asian Slaw or Coleslaw (One Bowl) and Creamy Coleslaw (One Bowl) will add even more variety to your bbq season side dish choices.

Easy Homemade Carrot Slaw in White Bowl

How To Make Carrot Slaw Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Make vinaigrette– By whisking together olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, lemon zest, orange zest, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add carrots, nuts– And toss until combined.
  3. Chill– In fridge for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate and enjoy.

Slaw Dressing Without Mayonnaise/ Slaw Vinaigrette

Make this lemon orange vinaigrette by whisking together the following ingredients. Use immediately or store in an air-tight mason jar or container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Orange juice Preferably freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp Honey Or maple syrup, Adjust according to your preference
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp Orange zest
  • 2 tbsp Parsley Fresh, Finely chopped
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste

How To Make Shredded Carrots/Grated Carrots? How To Make Matchstick Carrots?

You can buy matchstick carrots and skip the whole process of shredding them yourself, or you can use a mandolin slicer to matchstick or shred or grate the carrots. You can also use a very sharp knife to cut the carrots into matchsticks yourself. Another option is grating or shredding with a food processor.

What To Serve With Carrot Coleslaw For BBQ?

This is one of those side dishes that can easily be served on its own or you can use it as a filling/ topping in:

Serve it alongside protein such as fish, beef, ham or chicken:

Overhead Shot of Carrot Coleslaw With Nuts


Cabbage carrot slaw– Mix in a bag of shredded cabbage for even more veggies packed flavor.

Add raisins or cranberries– For a sweet addition. The orange flavored cranberries are incredible in this dish!

Apple cider vinegar slaw– Add some apple cider vinegar in addition to or instead of lemon juice to add flavor and tanginess.

Pickled slaw– Mix in some pickled carrots and veggies or this Homemade Kimchi for a fermented version.

Add apples– For more sweetness.

Add other nuts– Such as pine nuts or cashews.

Add other vegetables– Such as broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, or brussel sprouts.

Add seeds– Such as roasted pumpkin, pepita, or sunflower seeds.

Add shredded coconut– For added texture and sweetness.

Add herbs– Such as fresh cilantro, basil, chives, dill e.t.c.

Add cheese crumbles- Such as Gorgonzola or feta.

Try onions– Such as thinly sliced green onions, shallots, yellow or white onions for a different flavor.

Tips And Techniques

Why is my slaw soggy? The vegetables will begin to release water, as the slaw sits. Serve it immediately to prevent this from happening.

Why is my slaw dry? This means you need more dressing or it has all settled to the bottom of the bowl. Mix it up first, and if it is still dry, add more dressing.

Serve a crowd– Make a bigger batch by doubling or even tripling all the ingredients.

Honey substitute– You can use maple syrup, agave, brown sugar, or granulated sugar. The flavor will change slightly, depending on the sweetener being used.

Use high quality olive oil– This provides the best flavor in the vinaigrette.

Chill the slaw– This resting time is very important because it allows the flavors to marinate and truly develop.

Adjust the amount of vinaigrette– Add more or less depending on your preference.

Adjust seasoning– Add more or less of whatever ingredients you like or dislike.

Fork Full of Carrot Coleslaw on White Background- Closeup Shot


Make ahead instructions– Make the dressing and keep it separately from the carrots in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Then, toss everything together and enjoy.

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days, but the carrots won’t be as crunchy anymore.

Freeze– You cannot freeze coleslaw because of the water content in the veggies. They will not thaw well, and the texture will be very unappetizing and it will become a soggy mess.

More One Pot Side Dishes

One Pot Carrot Slaw (Coleslaw)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Quick and easy carrot slaw recipe without mayonnaise, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot (bowl) in 30 minutes. Full of fresh matchstick carrots, toasted nuts, tangy lemon orange vinaigrette.
Yield: 4 People


Lemon Orange Vinaigrette


  • 1 pound Carrots, Washed, Peeled, Cut into thin matchsticks or can be grated, Can also use store-bought bags of matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup Nuts, Combination of toasted walnuts and pecans, Roughly chopped


  • In a large salad bowl or mixing bowl, make the vinaigrette by whisking together olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, lemon zest, orange zest, parsley, salt, pepper until smooth.
  • Add carrots, nuts and toss until throughly combined.
  • Chill in fridge for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate. Then, enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days but carrots won’t be as crunchy any more. 


Calories: 206kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 213mg, Potassium: 525mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 19176IU, Vitamin C: 19mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 206
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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