Vietnamese Carrot Salad (Goi Ca Rot)

This distinct carrot salad can be found in some fashion on most Vietnamese tables. This pickled vegetable dish is used to add a sweet-vinegary contrast to main meals, vegetable plates, and is often added that ever-present Vietnamese table sauce, Nuoc Cham.

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Vietnamese Carrot Salad- Goi Ca Rot

This simple vinegary salad is easy to make. It is a popular accompaniment to many Vietnamese meals.
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Course: Condiment, Salad
Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Vietnam
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blending flavors: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Vegetable peeler
  • Small bowl


  • 2 medium Carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • tsp Red pepper powder (Cayenne OK)
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  • Shred carrots into 2-inch lengths. Combine water, lemon juice, sugar, red pepper, and salt in a bowl jar with lid. Stir or shake until sugar dissolves.
    Add shredded carrots, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or more to allow flavors to blend.


  • Shredded turnip, daikon radish, celery, onion, bell pepper, or a combination, may also be prepared in this fashion. 


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 673mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 20495IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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