Carrot salad with sesame seeds and fresh lime juice

Packed with beta carotene, an antioxidant found in carrots and  vitamin C, a potent antioxidant found in limes, this refreshing salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser!  The sesame seeds add a crunch, while the raisins add an unexpected sweetness that offsets the tangy flavor of the lime and the heat from the peppers.

Yield: 7, 1/2 cup servings. Vegan, gluten-free.


3 large carrots, peeled and grated ( About 3.5 cups)

1 tbsp raisins

1 tsp cumin seeds

Juice of 1/2-3/4 of a green lime, or per taste

2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro, divided

1.5 tsp sesame seeds

1 and 1/4 tbsp sesame oil

1/4 tsp sugar

1/2 of a very small hot red pepper, (see figure 1 below), seeded and chopped

Salt to taste

Figure 1: Left to right: hot red pepper, cumin seeds, sesame seeds. sesame oil. © 2015 Sangeeta Pradhan, lime wedges and cilantro in the center.

Figure 1: Left to right: hot red pepper, cumin seeds, sesame seeds. sesame oil,  lime wedges and fresh cilantro in the center, © 2015 Sangeeta Pradhan,


  1. Place grated carrots in a medium bowl. Toss with lime juice to coat thoroughly.  (The vitamin C in the lime acts as an antioxidant and prevents the carrots from darkening, a process called oxidation).
  2. Add raisins to the shredded carrots .and set aside.
  3. Heat sesame oil in a very small, thick bottomed pan over a medium flame.
  4. When oil is hot, add cumin seeds, sesame seeds and the hot, chopped pepper. Sautee for a few seconds or so, or until the seeds begin to crackle and turn a light golden brown.
  5. Be careful to adjust heat to prevent seeds from burning.
  6. Add this tempering to the carrot mixture in the bowl and mix well.
  7. Add  sugar, salt to taste, 1.5 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro, and toss gently to combine all ingredients well.
  8. Adjust seasoning as desired.
  9. Garnish with remaining cilantro ( about 1/2 tbsp) and serve cold immediately.
    Fresh shredded carrots with sesame seeds and lime,

    Fresh shredded carrots with sesame seeds and lime, © 2015 Sangeeta Pradhan,

    RD tip: Sesame oil contains approximately equal amounts of oleic acid ( monounsaturated fat) and linoleic acid (polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid). Although this oil is relatively stable compared to some other cooking oils,  nevertheless storage in a dark-colored bottle in a cool place is recommended to prevent oxidation and rancidity.

About Sangeeta Pradhan RD, CDE

Hi there! Welcome to my blog! If you are confused with all the conflicting messages you get bombarded with every day on carbs, fats, proteins, gluten and anything you can think of related to nutrition, look no further! The purpose of my blog is to cut through all this clutter, utilizing scientific, evidence based guidelines to help you, the consumer, navigate the complex, dietary landscape, and thus empower you to make informed decisions.
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