This Delicious German Carrot Salad Is A Family Favorite!
If you are looking for a great way to use up some carrots, a classic carrot salad is a great place to start.
Called “Rübchensalat” by her German grandma, this is a salad that Lisa actually grew up eating. Made from freshly boiled carrots, onion, and simple spices, this carrot salad makes a great side dish!
There are many other variations of “carrot salad” from all over Europe. A popular variation to make carrot salad is to shred or grate the carrots using a grater.
Lisa’s grandmother used to make this version so that’s the one we went for – but you can certainly try a different version as well. If we make it, we will write it up for this site!
Carrot salad is a simple dish with a simple backstory. Carrots – like other root vegetables – are fairly cheap and easy to grow, packed with nutrients, last a pretty long time, and can be cooked, stewed, canned, preserved – you name it!
The versatility of carrots made it a popular choice for poorer regions across Europe way back in the day – sort of how potatoes also became a staple ingredient.
Whatever the occasion you are cooking for, this German carrot salad can be a great addition. The light and fresh flavor of the carrots pair well with hearty and heavier meals including meats (Schnitzel, perhaps?).
You can also change up the spices used – we like just simple salt and pepper with chives if we have them on hand. However, you could toss in some garlic powder or even chili powder for a bit of kick!
We’ve got more tasty salad recipes if you liked this one. Try out these:
- Tomatensalat (German Tomato Salad)
- German Pasta Salad
- Easy Cold Sauerkraut Salad
- German Krautsalat (Coleslaw)
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
German Carrot Salad
- 2 pounds carrots
- 1 small yellow onion
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
- pepper, to taste
- chives or parsley to garnish, optional
- Peel the carrots and cut into thin circles. You can use a mandoline if you have one or use the "slicing side" or a four-sided box grater. Alternatively, a knife works as well – just make sure your slices are very thin.
- Peel and finely chop a small onion.
- Bring water in a medium-sized pot to a boil, add the carrot slices and a pinch of salt. Boil them on medium heat for 7-8 minutes. The carrot slices should be still somewhat firm, but cooked.
- Drain the carrots and set aside in a bowl.
- In the same pot (or a pan), add 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté the onions for approximately 3 minutes until translucent.
- Add the onions to the hot carrots. Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything together.
- Let the salad sit for at least 2 hours to allow it to cool and the flavors to mingle. After approximately 30 minutes when the salad has cooled enough, you can put it in the fridge to chill the rest of the time.
- After two hours, take the carrot salad out of the fridge and mix again. You can add more salt and/or pepper to taste. You can also garnish the salad with some chives or parsley.
This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.
2 thoughts on “German Carrot Salad (Grandma’s Recipe)”
For the carrot salad, the recipe asks for vinegar. What kind of vinegar?
My grandma always used regular white vinegar. Sorry for not being more specific, I’ll make sure to update the post!