Carrot Salad, French-Style; lizards

Cabbage salad, or cole slaw or coleslaw, is a favorite salad on picnic tables in the U.S.

It’s also a popular to add to sandwiches.

I’ve not seen it in France.

There are 2 vegetable salads that are common here.

One is carrot salad. That’s easy.

The other is fennel salad which would cause most Americans to give a blank look. Fennel?

I like them both but mon mari is not partial to the fennel salad.

Besides, I always seem to have carrots around…. Often too many.

Mine has a bit more tang than the traditional French version.

We like strong flavors.

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Carrot Salad

I used 3 medium – large carrots. If you have any leftover, cut it into sticks and eat it. 😉

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad


  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbs fruity olive oil


  • Whisk together all ingredients for vinaigrette.
  • Add vinaigrette, chives to carrots and stir to combine.


You can serve this immediately but it benefits from and hour or 2 to blend the flavors.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 175.8 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 2.9 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Easy Carrot Salad

For more spice try Moroccan Carrot Salad

It’s been hot here – 40C (104F).

I have a routine during hot weather.

When I get up in the morning, I go around the house, take all the screens out of the windows, and open the windows wide. I open all the doors and turn all the fans on to get the air circulating.

A few hours later I close all the shutters to keep the sun out and all the windows to keep the hot air out.

As the sun sets I open the shutters to let in whatever light is left.

When it’s dark, and finally cooling off, I open the windows and put the screens back in.

Not surprisingly, this routine lets in a few critters…. Which I then do my best to encourage them to go back outside.

This little guy was on the outside of the screen when I went to put it back.

I was careful….

He’d been in the bathroom earlier. Poor thing was confused.

I was happy to get him back outside.

4 thoughts on “Carrot Salad, French-Style; lizards”

  1. Hubs would love this salad. He loves carrots. I like them, but am not a huge fan. Fennel? Nope. I don’t like licorice or anything licorice flavored so avoid it.

    We don’t have lizards. But we do have “Dead Gray Tree Frogs”. I am guessing they were named thus because of the gray coloring. They’re very cool looking and can grow quite large. Along with the occasional toad, I’ll find one in the garage keeping cool if we’ve been working in the yard all day. I hear them calling to each other or I’d never know they’re there. Since we lock everything up at night, it takes some time to find them, but they’re very docile so I just scoop them up and take them outside and put them in a bush where I think they’ll find a good dinner overnight. We’ve had times where it’s been very warm during the day and as it cools quickly toward evening, they’re all over the south side of the house. Looks pretty weird, but they’re trying for the last heat of the day.

    • We have frogs in the ponds, and toads. Occasionally a toad will find it’s way to our house, but not often. And they are always huge! But the lizards are everywhere. The dogs used to chase them – and smack their tales. We always had a lot of tailless lizards on the walls outside.
      They used to smack the toads, too…. trying to make them jump I think. Sadly, a 100 lb dog smacking a toad doesn’t work well…

      • Bob the toad lives outside the side garage door we use to let Beau out. He’s going for saucer size but not quite there yet. Beau is fascinated with him but so far, I’ve been able to keep him from stepping on Bob who wouldn’t be Bob anymore if that happened. Bob moves very slow…He’s lived outside that door for the past three years now. Murphy found him fascinating too. He’d just stand and stare at Bob forever if I let him. I know where he over-winters so I know it’s him every year. We used to have an ant problem at that door. We don’t anymore.

        • Guapa doesn’t go out at night anymore so I’ve lost track of toads and birds and all the night life. She hasn’t had a good bark in a long time. Sigh…
          Tell Beau not to step on Bob or he’ll ruin his fun lol

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