Carrot ribbons with a sprinkling of dukkah on top. Dukkah is a Middle Eastern condiment that is a breeze to make.

Easy Carrot Ribbon Salad with Dukkah (Pistachios and Spices)

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Looking for a new Spring side dish that is different from the typical side dish? This easy Carrot Ribbon Salad with Dukkah is something beautifully different, crunchy, and tasty too.

Dukkah (pronounced Doo-kah) is a Middle Eastern condiment. It’s a blend of toasted nuts, seeds, and spices. And it’s delish! Sprinkle it on top of just about anything: bread drizzled in olive oil, yogurt, and veggies.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love Spinach Salad with Easy Pesto Dressings.

Dukkah toasted in a pan. Dukkah is a Middle Eastern condiment that is made up of toasted nuts, seeds and spices.
Dukkah, a Middle Eastern condiment, made up of toasted nuts, seeds, and spices.

Looking for more Middle Eastern spices to use in the kitchen? Try these Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Harissa.

Carrot Ribbon Salad Ingredients

This recipe will be ready in about 15 minutes. This is what you will need:


We all know eating carrots is good for your eyesight. Attributing to that can be Beta carotene in Vitamin A. More beneficial vitamins found in carrots are B vitamins, vitamin K, and potassium.

According to the article, Carrots 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits written by Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, RDN at Healthline, carrots contain carotenoids.

(Carotenoids) are substances with powerful antioxidant activity that have been linked to improved immune function and reduced risk of many illnesses, including heart disease, various degenerative ailments, and certain types of cancer.

Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, RDN

Sounds like we all could use some more carrots in our diet. To get the beautiful ribbons, chose fresh carrots in orange or purple. Bonus points if you use both.

If you have picky kids, save some of the carrot ribbons back without the dressing or dukkah. They’ll love to eat carrots this way.

Carrots, dukkah, dressing, and thyme: all the ingredients needed for this carrot ribbon salad.
Throw this Carrot Ribbon Salad with Dukkah recipe together in 15 minutes.


Put these simple ingredients in a lidded mason jar or whisk up in a bowl.

  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Maple Syrup
  • Ginger

Use as much or as little of this dressing as you like on the carrots.

Salads don’t have to be boring. If you like this salad recipe, you’ll love my post on 5 Healthy Salad Dressings.


Toasting spices is something we don’t do enough. It really brings out the flavors. Dukkah is a condiment of toasted nuts, seeds, and spices. It’s a breeze to make, just throw the ingredients in a pan at medium heat, and toast for a few minutes. Here’s what you’ll need for this Dukkah recipe:

  • Chopped Pistachios
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Red Pepper Flake (optional)

Stir the spices as they toast. Once they become fragrant, the spices and seeds are done toasting.

Fresh Herb

The finisher. Top your dish off with a sprinkling of fresh chopped thyme. If you’re not a thyme fan, dill would be good too.

Chopped pistachios, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin in a pan for toasting.
Dukkah only takes a few minutes to toast. This version has pistachios, sesame seeds, cumin, and coriander.

Can’t get enough recipes with carrots? Try this Carrot Cake Quinoa.

How to Make It

This easy side dish can be put together in 15 minutes. Here’s how…

  1. Wash & peel outer skin of carrots. Using vegetable peeler, peel carrots into ribbons. See video in recipe card.
  2. Whisk or shake up dressing ingredients. Drizzle on top of carrots.
  3. Toast Dukkah ingredients on stove top for a few minutes. Sprinkle on top of carrots. Enjoy!

When peeling carrots, you will get to a point when the carrots get hard to hold and peel. Chop up these spindly carrots for salad, soup, or snack. Or use them for play. They resemble Harry Potter wands… you’re welcome.

Be sure to assemble right before enjoyment. The carrots will get softer the longer they sit in the dressing.

A forkful of carrot ribbons tossed in a fresh lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, and ginger dressing, topped with Dukkah.
This Carrot Ribbon Salad with Dukkah is perfect on the Easter table, at your Summer BBQ, or for a quick side dish in the Fall.

What to Serve Carrot Ribbon Salad With?

Carrot Ribbon Salad with Dukkah is such a great side dish any time of the year. It’s perfect on your Easter buffet, or at the Memorial Day picnic. Serve with any of these mains:

This also makes a nice snack. Ribbon up one carrot, drizzle with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and sprinkle with Dukkah.

How long will this Carrot Ribbon Salad keep in the fridge?

Up to 2 days. The carrots will get softer as they sit in the dressing, but will still be tasty.

Can I use a different nut besides pistachios?

Yes. Dukkah is traditionally made with hazelnuts, but use whichever nut you like.

Can I use purple carrots?


How do you know when the Dukkah is done toasting?

It only takes 3-4 minutes. Once you start to smell the spices and nuts, they’re done.

What else can I put Dukkah on?

Broccoli, green beans, tomato slices, Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, bread dipped in olive oil, Greek yogurt drizzled with honey, chicken, salmon, fish…

How do I store leftover Dukkah?

In a sealed container in pantry.

Can this salad be made in advance?

The carrots can be ribboned up before-hand. The dukkah can be toasted in advance, and the dressing can be made up ahead of time. Just wait to assemble the salad until just before serving.

thyme branch

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Carrot ribbons with a sprinkling of dukkah on top. Dukkah is a Middle Eastern condiment that is a breeze to make.

Carrot Ribbon Salad with Dukkah (toasted pistachio, seeds, & spices)

Sara Walkenbach
Crunchy, beautiful, and addicting this carrot ribbon salad is ready in 15 minutes. It's sprinkled with Dukkah which is a Middle Eastern condiment. It only takes a few minutes to toast the nuts, seeds, and spices to make this delicious topping.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Middle Eastern
Servings 8 servings
Calories 135 kcal



  • 2 lbs Carrots about 6-8 larger carrots
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup pure
  • 1/2" knob Fresh Ginger or 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Fresh Thyme chopped

Dukkah Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Pistachios chopped
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds white or black
  • 1 tsp Coriander ground
  • 1 tsp Cumin ground
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt


  • In a small skillet, over medium high heat, toast the Dukkah ingredients. Toss or stir while toasting. Toast for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Set aside.
  • Peel outer skin of carrots, discard. Peel carrots into ribbons using vegetable peeler, see video. Once all carrots are peeled into ribbons, make dressing.
  • For the dressing: in a small bowl with whisk, or lidded jar, put olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, and ginger. Whisk or shake to incorporate.
  • Drizzle desired amount of dressing on to carrots, toss to coat. Sprinkle with dukkah and fresh thyme, toss. Put in serving bowl & enjoy!



Will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Store leftover dukkah in a lidded container in pantry.
For picky kids, leave some carrot ribbons undressed. They’ll love to eat carrtos in this way.


Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 225mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 18987IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
Keyword carrot ribbons, dukkah, Easter side dish, toasted spices
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