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Japanese Carrot Salad with Sesame Dressing

Carrots and corn come together with a sesame mayo dressing to make a tangy, roasty, and smooth salad. The dressing is customizable to your tastes, and is delicious on salads and great for dipping. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Diet Low Calorie
Keyword carrot and sesame salad, japanese carrot salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 168kcal



Prep Carrots

  • Cut the carrots into a thin matchstick size (see video to see how I use a peeler to do this). 
    2 medium/large carrots
  • Place the carrots in a microwave safe bowl and add the frozen corn.
    1/3 cup frozen corn
  • Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for a minute, to thaw the corn and to slightly soften the carrots.
    This step is optional. If you want extra crunchy carrots, just add the thawed corn to the carrots.


  • Grind your sesame seeds to a rough powder.
    It doesn't have to be completely powdered, but it can be if you want. It's pretty flexible. 
    3 Tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
  • In a small bowl, combine the ground sesame seeds, mayonnaise, rice vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce.
    Taste the dressing and adjust to taste, if desired.
    1/4 cup Japanese mayonnaise, 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar, 3/4 Tablespoon granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon soy sauce


  • Add the dressing to the carrots and toss to combine. 



You can get Japanese mayonnaise on Amazon, but you can find it at most Asian markets. The brand I always get is Kewpie. It will come in a soft squeeze tube.
You can also find sesame seeds and rice vinegar at the Asian market (you can also find them both at whole foods and many other well stocked grocery stores), but here are some Amazon links: Sesame seeds, rice vinegar . 
Adapted from: cookpad (Japanese)


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5106IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg