Crunchy Carrot Salad – A Refreshing Take on a Classic Side Dish

easy grated carrot salad

The salad recipe I’m sharing today is small but mighty. It’s not loaded with leafy greens. In fact, it’s quite a simple salad. My crunchy grated carrot salad is the perfect snack or side dish.

I created this salad for my Autumn Cleanse as a snack recipe since the healthy fats give you an afternoon refresh. The lemon and orange also brighten it up because we could all use a little extra sunshine in our lives.

grating vegetables for a healthy snack

Simple Carrot Salad Tips

The hardest part of this recipe is deciding whether to peel the carrots or grate them thinly. You do you!

I turn to this salad for an afternoon pick-me-up instead of veggies and dip because, well, it’s healthier. But the dressing does elevate this dish to more than just peeled carrots and some greens.

Extra Topping Options

Feel free to up the protein in this salad with chickpeas or black beans. Use toasted sunflower seeds for a different flavor and feel free to add in some spices of your choice. The classic French carrot salad also includes fruit, so add that as a topping.

fresh garden carrots

Carrot Nutrition

Everyone knows that carrots are healthy. The beta carotene that makes them orange is great for eye health. They are naturally sweet yet low in natural sugar. The nutrients in carrots have been shown to protect the body from several kinds of cancer.

Carrot Salad FAQs

Who invented carrot salad?

The carrot salad you knew as a child is probably a French Carrot salad. It often includes fruit and is used as a side dish. Feel free to add fresh apples or raisins to my version!

How long will carrot salad stay fresh?

While this salad is at its best eaten right away, you can refrigerate it for a day or two without the dressing on it.

plant based recipes using carrots

More Carrot Recipes

If you love this grated carrot salad, use the rest of the bag in your fridge or pull some more from the garden to use in these recipes:

Crunchy Carrot Salad

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This is my plant-powered take on a classic recipe. It is lighter, brighter, and not weighed down by mayo. Serve as-is for a wonderful side dish or double and enjoy as the main event.

Total Time10 minutes



  • 2 carrots (peeled into strips)
  • ¼ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • dash ground black pepper
  • dash sea ​​salt


  • 2 . orange (juiced)
  • 2 . lemon (juiced)
  • 2 . olive oil


  • Whisk together orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil. Set aside.

  • Combine carrot strips, cilantro and sunflower seeds on a plate.

  • Drizzle dressing over salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • You can grate the carrots for this salad instead of peeling them into strips.
  • Swap out the sunflower seeds with hemp hearts (still nut-free) or sliced ​​almonds.
  • Does cilantro taste like soap to you? If so, use parsley instead.
  • Feel free to use the carrots of your choice. When I created this salad for my Autumn Cleanse, I used rainbow carrots because they’re fun!

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 257kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 12g (4%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 23g (35%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monnounsaturated Fat: 13g Sodium: 45mg (2%) Potassium: 356mg (10%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 5g (6%) Vitamin A: 10368IU (207%) Vitamin C: 18mg (22%) Calcium: 41mg (4%) Iron: 1mg (6%)


Agua de Horchata – Refreshing Rice Water

Our agua de horchata is creamy, sweet and revitalizing.

Agua de Horchata - Refreshing Rice Water

Agua de horchata has been around for centuries. It is one of the most well known drinks in Latin America and Spain. We want to bring the delicious, refreshing beverage to the rest of the world! We know everyone will enjoy it.

What is Agua de Horchata?

Agua de horchata is essentially sweetened rice water. It is usually seasoned with cinnamon and vanilla, giving it a rich, warm taste. The delicious drink has been around since 2400 BC and was created in North Africa. It made its way around the globe thanks to its delicious taste and power.

Agua horchata was originally enjoyed on hot days. It has a powerful cooling quality and was once used as a medicine to help lower fevers. The water was also given to babies and help them stop fussing. It sure has made an impact on the world as a yummy, useful drink!

How to Make Agua de Horchata

Making agua de horchata is quite easy. It does take a little time and planning but the overall effort and skill is minimal. All you need is a pitcher, spoon and a blender! Here is how we make our tasty drink.

  1. Soak the uncooked rice and cinnamon stick in the water. The longer you let the rice soak, the creamier your drink will be. Let it soak for at least two hours to help tenderize the rice. If you are in a rush, boil the water before soaking the rice. Hot water will soften the rice faster.
  2. Blend the soaked rice, water and cinnamon sticks together. Yes! You leave the cinnamon sticks in! They will break up into very small, ground bits when blended.
  3. Strain the mix and then discard any pulp from the rice and cinnamon stick.
  4. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla bean paste.
  5. Chill the agua horchata and serve over ice.

Simple, right? We know! It really is an easy recipe, it just requires a little bit of waiting. All good things come to those who wait! And this delicious, non alcoholic drink will be your reward for your patience.

Tips for Making Agua de Horchata

Homemade agua horchata is very easy to make. Of course, there are always tips and tricks to help you make delicious drinks even better. We have made this recipe quite a few times and have some tricks to share.

  • Jasmine rice has a subtle nutty flavor that tastes great in agua de horchata
  • Use brown rice for more fiber in your drink. However, you will have to soak brown rice longer since it is quite tough. Double the soaking time if you want to use brown rice in place of white rice.
  • Ground cinnamon can be used in place of cinnamon sticks. Use a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and add it to the rice as it is soaking.
  • Add a pinch of nutmeg to make the agua more interesting. A little bit goes a long way so only use a pinch!
  • Use a teaspoon of almond extract in place of vanilla bean paste for a delicious almond flavor.
  • Soak the overnight rice or longer. The longer you soak the rice, the creamier your agua de horchata will be
  • Use ¼ cup honey or maple syrup in place of the sweetened condensed milk. You will get a sweet, rich agua de horchata

If you try our agua de horchata recipe and discover any other delicious tips and tricks, be sure to let us know! We are always looking for ways to make our recipes even better!

Agua de Horchata Recipe

Agua de Horchata Recipe

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  • 5 cups water

  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  • Pour the water, white rice and cinnamon in a large bowl or pitcher. Stir and then let the rice sit for at least two hours. The longer it sits, the creamier the drink will be. Let the rice sit, refrigerated, overnight if possible.
  • Pour the mix into a blender (cinnamon stick and all!) and puree until smooth.
  • Pour the rice mix through a strainer and into a large pitcher.
  • Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla bean paste.
  • Chill the agua de horchata until ready to enjoy. Serve over ice.

Tips and Tricks

  • • White long grain rice is best. Jasmine rice is our favorite.
    • Vanilla extract will work in place of vanilla bean paste. Use 2 teaspoons of extract.
  • Tools:
    • Measuring cup
    • Teaspoon
    • Large bowl or pitcher
    • Blender
    • Trainer
    • Large spoon
  • Area of ​​Use:
    Breakfast, Bridal party, birthday party, garden party, kids party, afternoon drink, summer drink

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You Asked, We’re Answering

Agua de horchata is a delicious drink that you have to try. We do get a lot of questions about agua de horchata so we wanted to answer as many as possible to help you make your refreshing drink even better.

What is agua de horchata made of?

Agua de horchata is made with very simple ingredients. Water, rice, cinnamon sweetened condensed milk and vanilla bean paste are all you need. Some recipes may use a different sweetener than condensed milk and vanilla extract or vanilla beans are often used in place of vanilla bean paste.

Is horchata and agua fresca the same thing?

Horchata is considered to be a type of agua fresca. Agua fresca is simply any kind of water with a flavoring added to it. Fresh fruits, nuts or rice are often used to make agua fresca. Horchata is a perfect example of using rice to flavor water.

How bad is horchata for you?

Horchata may actually be healthier than you think. Yes, it contains sugar but many drinks do. Horchata is actually a good source of vitamins and minerals. Rice has fiber, magnesium and B vitamins. It is also a good source of healthy carbs which are the bodies natural fuel.

Is it bad to drink horchata everyday?

It is not bad to drink horchata every day. In fact, a glass of horchata every day will help you stay hydrated and give you a great source of natural energy.

Does Horchata contain milk?

Traditional horchata is made with sweetened condensed milk so it is not dairy free. However, you can tweak this recipe to make dairy free horchata. Omit the sweetened condensed milk and add ¼ cup on honey to sweeten the drink.


Homemade Mango Agua Fresca – Refreshing and Easy

A refreshing and healthy way to stay cool this summer.

Agua Fresca Recipe

Agua fresca is definitely one of the best summer drinks out there. It is refreshing, healthy and so easy to make. There are tons of different ways to make agua fresca, too. You’ll never grow tired of this fresh juice because you can always tweak the recipe a little bit, making it new and exciting all over again!

Today we are focusing on the delicious mango agua fresca. It is classic, tasty, and will only take you 5 minutes to make. It’s a recipe that you must try. Just a warning- you may be quickly addicted to this refreshing, fruity drink.

Homemade Mango Agua Fresca

What is Agua Fresca?

Agua fresca translates to mean “fresh water”. It is aptly names as agua fresca is any non alcoholic beverage made from the juice of a fruit, flower or seed. The fresh juice is blended or pressed and then water and sugar are typically mixed in to dilute and sweeten the puree.

Agua fresca is very popular in Mexico and central America. A big glass of agua fresca is a great way to stay cool in the hot summer sun. Drinking refreshing flavored water is a great way to stay hydrated!

Types of Agua Fresca

There are many different kinds of agua fresca. In fact, you can make agua fresca out of almost anything! Any fruit juice and be made into agua fresca and almost any herb, spice or flower can be steeped in water to add flavor. Here are a few of the most common kinds of agua fresca:

  • Tamarind
  • Hibiscus
  • Horchata
  • Watermelon
  • Chia seed
  • Lime
  • Cucumber
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Peach
  • Coconut
  • Mint
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya
  • Blackberry

We told you there were a lot of options! And that list could go on and on. Anywhere you visit in Central America will have their own version of agua fresca.

How to Make Mango Agua Fresca at Home

Today we want to tell you all about mango agua fresca. The main ingredient in mango agua fresca is mango! Fresh mango is chopped and pureed into a smooth, powerful juice. The mango juice is strained to remove any pulp and make the texture of the juice perfectly smooth.

To brighten the flavor of the mango, fresh lime juice is mixed in. This helps balance the sweetness of the juice with a little acidity. Mango lime agua fresca is incredibly delicious!

Water is mixed into the juice to lighten it a little. Pure mango juice is very sweet and thick. Water helps make the juice more palatable and more like “agua fresca” rather than just mango juice.

We add agave to our agua fresca de mango to enhance the sweetness of the fruit in a natural way. You can skip the agave or use honey instead. Give the mango agua fresca a sip and see if it needs to be sweeter or if it is just right!

Mango Agua Fresca Ideas

While we love our mango lime agua fresca just as it is, there are a few things you can add in to make it even better. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to give the agua fresca some spice
  2. Add a splash of vanilla extract to make the drink richer
  3. Freeze the agua fresca in an ice cube tray and then blend the cubes to make a slushy
  4. Add another fruit like pineapple, watermelon, honeydew or coconut to add more complexity to the drink

No matter what you add in to our mango agua fresca recipe, we know you are going to love this drink. It is non alcoholic, totally refreshing and a beverage you can sip anytime of day. Time to go make a batch now! Enjoy.

Mango Agua Fresca Recipe

Mango Agua Fresca Recipe

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  • 3 whole mangos

  • 5 cups water

  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

  • 2 Tbsp agave


  • Peel and cut the mangos. Place the mango chunks into a blender and puree until very smooth.
  • Pour the mango through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Press the pulp into the strainer, extracting as much juice as possible.
  • Add the lime juice and agave to the bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the water and whisk again.
  • Pour the juice into a large pitcher and serve over ice, chilled or simply store the juice in the fridge to enjoy later one.

Tips and Tricks

  • • Use frozen, pre-peeled mango to make the recipe even easier.
    • Lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice
  • Tools:
    • Blender
    • Trainer
    • Bowl
    • Whisk
    • Measuring cup
    • Tablespoon
  • Area of ​​Use:
    Summer drink, garden party, kids party, afternoon drink, cocktail hour, baby shower, breakfast, lunch

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