Loaded Carrot Salad

They say a blogger should write nothing but useful and unique content.

They say that you’re better off not posting at all than to post something you’re not entirely happy with.

They also say that you should never publish sub-par pictures of your food…

Or something like that, anyway.

Well, I’m afraid I’ll be transgressing all of these rules tonight, guys.

Loaded Carrot Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

For sometimes, you know, sometimes, life gets in the way.

Sometimes, a blogger’s daughter officially leaves the nest and moves into her very own apartment, and said blogger spends a bit of time helping said daughter paint her brand new bedroom and move stuff into that new place that she now (almost) calls home.

Then there’s no time left for that perfect blog post.

But still, there’s material worth sharing that’s itching to be shared! And there’s people waiting for said material to get shared, too.

And sometimes, well, pictures of the material that is to be shared don’t turn out quite as good as photographer would’ve liked, but the material that was “ill-captured” was not at all “ill-flavored” (in fact, it was absolutely delicious) and it would be a shame to let the recipe go to waste.

Soooo, “not-so-great-pictures” get published anyway.

Loaded Carrot Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Does this become a case where a two negatives make a positive?

Let’s hope so!

(And seriously, guys. My daughter is officially moved out of the house and into her very own apartment! 


Oh, and have some carrot salad, won’t you?

I’m telling you people, that carrot salad is the bomb!


Loaded Carrot Salad

Yield: Serves 6

NF based on 1 of 6 servings

Loaded Carrot Salad


  • 10 medium carrots, grated (5 cups)
  • ¼ of a medium head green cabbage, grated or finely shredded (2 cups)
  • 1 small rutabaga, grated (2 cups)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated


  1. First off, you need to grate or finely shred/chop your carrots, cabbage and rutabaga. While this can very well be achieved with a box grater, you might want to take the heavy artillery out of the cupboard and use the grating disk of your food processor!
  2. When all your veggies have been prepped, add them, along with the rest of the ingredients, to a large mixing bowl and mix with your hands (or a very large spoon) until very well combined.
  3. You can serve this salad immediately or leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow for flavors to fully develop.
  4. This salad will keep very well in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Loaded Carrot Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Loaded Carrot Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

I made this carrot salad to go alongside yet another delicious Beef Liver recipe.

That stuff is really growing on me, but I figured I would give you guys a little bit of a break before I put it on the menu again. 

How does next week sound to you, my friends? 

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    • says

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Sarah! And thank you for including The Healthy Foodie in your list of Recommended Paleo Sites. I think it’s the first time that The Healthy Foodie is being referred to as a Paleo Site. I must admit that I really like the sound of that! 😀

      Really love your site, by the way. Off to explore some more!

  1. Amanda says

    Please…. You post is real life. And that is what makes it work! 😉 can’t wait to try this salad, it sounds awesome! Have a lovely day and try not to freak out too much. All baby birds leave the nest eventually, (says the mom who’s kids are 5,4, and 2 and at the moment is oraying for an empty neat! lol!) hang in there and keep up the fantastic work! 😉

    • says

      Awww, thank you Amanda, you’re so sweet! And hey, enjoy it while it lasts. I know you must hear it 25 times a week, but kids do grow really fast and before you know it, they get their own apartment and you help them paint their bedroom. Take tons of pictures and videos, and teach them how to eat real food! :)

      Hope you (and your kids) love this salad. I know I can’t get enough of it!

    • says

      Thanks, Ash! That’s very kind of you to say. As for my daughter leaving the nest, we’ll make the best of it. Now I have to go visit her and we’ll have to hang out at her place, for a change. Good memories in the making, that’s what it is! :)

  2. says

    O that must be an exciting time Sonia… Daughter moving out of the house and all!
    As for this carrot salad… I loooove carrot salad. I made one this week too and they’re the best… And seriously there is nothing wrong with those pictures. They make me want to eat the salad and that is all that a pic is supposed to do right? :) I’m definitely making the salad, if I can find rutabaga here anyway… It’s essentially the same as turnip right?

    • says

      Thanks Simone! Good to hear that the pictures want to make you eat carrot salad. Carrot salad is good for you! 😉

      Rutabaga and turnip are fairly similar but they’re not exactly the same. In fact, from what I recently read, rutabaga would be a cross between turnip and cabbage. But if you can’t find the rutabaga, I’m pretty sure that turnip would do the trick. Just don’t leave the coconut out! :)

      Say, how’s that Whole30 workin’ out for you so far?

      • says

        O trust me I won’t leave the coconut out. I’ll be making this next week for sure I think.. Have a stash of carrots waiting to be used.
        And it’s going good… We’re at day 11 now and I’m really happy that Tom is joining me for the most part as well. And he’s really getting into it too, so love that! Food is good and I love the challenge in coming up with new meals, although sometimes when you’re tired after a long day it can be somewhat daunting. But I haven’t cheated once…:) Found some good meat sources as I was totally shocked at the number of meats that had sugar in them! Not to mention all the other stuff…. Anyway, sorry for the long comment… Lol… I even stayed strong during baking sessions I had to do with a client. Not licking the spoon was the hardest thing to do!! So yes loving it and thanks for pointing me there!

        • says

          OMG, so happy to hear all this, Simone! Seriously, don’t be sorry for the long comment, reading this just made my day! I’m so happy to have inspired you to give this a try and am absolutely thrilled that Tom also decided to join in. But most of all, I’m extremely happy to hear that things are going great for you and that you are enjoying the experience. I truly hope that this will have a significant impact on your life like it’s had on mine.

          Keep me posted, Simone!

          ps… I just realized that I’m not getting your posts in my inbox anymore. Hmmm… gotta look into that! For some strange reason, I seem to have lost many of my subscriptions when I moved my site to a different host. Off to resubscribe right this minute!

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