Raw Carrot Pasta Salad with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce will make your noodle spin.

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

You may have noticed things have been pretty raw around here lately. Unfiltered, un-pasteurized, un-sanitized raw raw raw raw raw.

Raw. As in, there have been a lot of raw vegetables up in here.

For the life of me, the only food I’ve been wanting to eat lately is raw. Slabs of raw fish? Bring it on. Raw veggies all smothered in a tasty zesty, spicy, sweet sauce? The raw-er, the better.

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

Fact is, spring vegetables are perfect for leaving raw. Why go the extra mile with heat-treating your vegetables when they’re perfectly decent as is? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Plus this California perma-summer thing is driving me away from comfort foods straight into the welcoming arms of cool, crisp salad.

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

Oh hey, have you ever seen one of these?  It’s a spiral vegetable slicer. It gives good noodle. It makes noodles out of veggies. Best invention EVER!

A few weeks ago, one of my friends whipped out some late night zucchini pasta with ground turkey tomato sauce, which prompted me to buy a spiral slicer as fast as possible. I purchased the same one she has, which is the GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer. I just can’t.stop.spiraling!

I have also heard the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer is incredible for spiralizing all sorts of vegetable noodles. Instead of only being able to spiralize long, thin vegetables like carrots and zucchini, the Paderno can spiralize any hearty vegetable, including sweet potatoes, butternut squash, you name it!

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

Okay, let’s face it: raw carrots taste nothing like pasta. But that doesn’t mean we can’t twirl them around like real noodles and/or get all Lady and the Tramp with someone we luuurv.

The carrot noodles are crisp and fresh and the ginger-lime peanut sauce makes your noodle spin. This recipe is ever so simple and requires zero cooking. You take those vital minutes you would have spent hovering over a stove and stick them in your piggy bank. yeeeeeer welcome.

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

Noodle with all your might.

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
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Ingredients

For the Carrot Pasta:

  • 5 large carrots peeled and spiraled into noodles
  • 1/3 cup roasted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro finely chopped

For the Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce:

Instructions

To Prepare the Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix together until smooth and creamy.

To Prepare the Carrot Pasta:

  1. Wash carrots well, peel them, and pat them dry.
  2. Using your spiral slicer, make noodles out of all of the carrots. It will be more difficult to make the noodles once there is only a few inches of carrot left, so you can grate what’s left of the carrot.
  3. Place all carrot noodles into a large serving bowl. Pour the Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce over the noodles and gently toss together (I use my hands for this part).
  4. Serve with roasted cashews (or peanuts) and freshly chopped cilantro.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have a spiral slicer, you can simply grate the carrots with a box grater to make this recipe. 😀

More Vegetable Noodle Recipes:

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodle Pasta

Green Curry Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls

Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce - a healthy vegan dinner recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian

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  1. Josie

    I kind of like, really want a spiralizer! And this salad is just enabling me. I’m pretty sure this will be the first thing I make – it looks so refreshing!

  2. Julie

    I’ve been waiting for these recipes since I bought my spiral thing the other day. Also, rather than grate the remaining stub of carrot and take the skin off of your finger, feed it to your beagle. 🙂

  3. Sharon

    Stunning photos! I must get myself a spiralizing tool of some sort, right quick!! Looks super easy *and* delicious. Have a great weekend Julia! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Woop woop! I think of you when I spiral vegetables. We should definitely do a veggie noodle and beer night one of these days!

    1. Julia Post author

      You said it, girly! The peanut sauce really makes a house a home in this recipe. I’m not opposed to the idea of doubling the sauce recipe for the spoon-to-mouth factor 🙂

  4. Dearna @tohercore

    These look amazing! I love quick and fresh dishes like this! I have a Zyliss julienne peeler but it -doesnt cut the mustard when noodling (I think I just made that word up!) hard or large quantities of veggies, I think I need to invest in a proper spiraliser!

    1. Julia Post author

      Heck yes! With all the veggies you eat, it’s definitely worth the teeny investment! The noodles come out so perfectly. I’ve been having lots of fun coming up with sauces and recipes for my veggie noodles. 🙂

  5. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Ok,I’m finally convinced I need this spiralizer! These carrot noodles look fan freaking tastic…and ginger lime peanut sauce? I think I’ll go face plant into a bowl right now…pretty sure this is going to guarantee that monday is a rockin’ one!
    Pinned!

    1. Julia Post author

      I highly recommend getting a spiral slicer!! It makes such perfect veggie noodles! I love the healthy, fresh recipes you can make with it. And the ginger-lime peanut sauce? Addicting.

  6. Anna

    I made this last night and added chicken! It is AH-mazing! I love having the feeling that I’m eating pasta (read, twirling) without all the carbs! Real pasta has become such a once-in-a-blue-moon thing for me, bring on the vegetable noodles! Thank you so much for the continued amazing recipes (I also made a bit of the Sweet Potato Soup with added quinoa- seriously can you make something that doesn’t taste like heaven??) Thank you thank you!

  7. Isadora

    I’ve been craving raw vegetables too lately, I blame it on the 90 degree temps we have been having in Arizona! These carrots look really good and refreshing, although I might have to mix them with a little bit of rice noodles to convince my husband to eat it. Going now to check out the spiral slicer!

  8. Rachel

    What do the aminos do? I don’t have that on hand. Substitutions? Can I just omit it? This looks great!

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Rachel, the liquid aminos is for flavor and you can replace it with low-sodium soy sauce. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipe!!

    1. Julia Post author

      My apologies, Malene – I was doing some site maintenance which caused the recipe to disappear momentarily, but it should be visible now 🙂

  9. Marcia

    This looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it. It’s too bad that I’ve never heard of a spiral slicer. Off to Amazon I go… =)

  10. MaryAnn

    I made this as a side dish/salad tonight for our dinner and was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was! Will definitely make again, thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh I’m so glad to hear it, MaryAnn! I really love that sauce – it makes veggies so fun and flavorful! Thanks so much for letting me know you liked the recipe, and have a great weekend!!

  11. Jen

    I made this recipe today to bring to lunch at my Mom’s and it was a huge hit! I will definitely be adding this to the meals I eat regularly. Thanks so much for sharing this incredible recipe.

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  14. Meghan

    Delicious! I did this with carrots and cucumbers, since I had a ton on hand from my garden. Loved it so much. Perfect for a warm summer night when you dont want to cook.

    1. Julia Post author

      Cucumbers sound like an amazing addition! I’m so glad you liked the dish, Meghan, and thanks so much for your feedback! 😀

  15. June

    This was fabulous! I doubled the sauce and mixed it with 1.5 cups of rice and 2 shredded chicken breasts. I don’t eat peanuts, so I used an almond/cashew butter instead 🙂 Will definitely be making again! Thanks.

    1. Julia Post author

      So glad to hear you like it, June! I love the idea of using almond or cashew butter, too! Sounds delicious! Thanks for the sweet note 🙂

  16. Sheryl Tingley

    I loved this salad! It is truly flavorful and feels good in the mouth. I cannot have peanuts so I used almond butter and sunflower seeds…. it is to die for. It was the first thing I made with my new spiralizer! My husband and I were very impressed!

    1. Julia Post author

      Wahoo! I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed it! I love the almond butter idea! Many thanks for the kind note 😀

  17. Lauren

    Oh. My. Gosh. I’m addicted to carrots and lurve peanut sauces of all types, so upon seeing this recipe I went straight to amazon for the spiral thingamajig. I didn’t have all the ingredients when it arrived, so I tried spiralized carrots with premade thai spicy peanut sauce. AMAZING. I’ve since tried your recipe, which is WAY better than the premade stuff. I did toss in a few sprinkles of toasted sesame oil. It was pretty awesome, if you’re interested in trying it. I’m now off to find any and all spiral recipes you have your site. THANK you!!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaaay! Thanks so much, Lauren! I’m so happy you like the sauce and you’re interested in spiralizing all the things! Let me know if you try any of my other recipes and have a great weekend! 😀 xoxoxo

  18. Diana

    This turned out AMAZING. I substituted green onions for garlic and toasted almonds for cashews since I’m on a low FODMAP diet, added Thai basil to the sauce and ate it with curried chicken (just baked chicken breasts with curry seasoning) and it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time – I felt like I went out to eat! Thanks for the amazing recipe, I’m not ashamed to admit that I licked the sauce bowl clean. 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Diana! The curried chicken sounds like the perfect addition and I’m so glad you liked the sauce – it really is addicting! Thanks so much for your kind feedback!

  19. emp

    I am at a complete loss for how to make this peanut “sauce” thin and loose. I just followed the recipe and just got a thick glob of peanut butter. HOw does this work???

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi there! Sorry about the hassle. You can add the ingredients for the peanut sauce to a blender (if you have a small one, such as a magic bullet, that works best), that way you end up with a smooth texture. If the peanut sauce is still too thick, you can add small amounts of water, lime juice, and/or liquid aminos until you get a thinner consistency. Let me know what you try!

  20. Joan

    I’m curious why in your photos, I see a creamy white sauce. I made this exactly as described and my dressing turned out dark brown. Did I do something wrong? Also with my Paderno spiralizer the carrots came out in short semicircles instead of long spirals, I guess because carrots aren’t thick enough to make long spirals. It would work great however with a sweet potato.

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  26. Leslie

    Just made this and LOVE it. A new summer salad for us! Love that spiralizer! I had coconut milk, but was wondering if you don’t have it, what you can substitute? I used soy for the amino acid since I didn’t have any and it worked fine. Thanks for a delicious new recipe for carrots.

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Leslie! So happy you like the recipe! Unfortunately, there isn’t a super great replacement for the coconut milk in this recipe, but in a pinch, I bet a couple tablespoons of coconut oil or even olive oil would work. It would be lacking a bit in creaminess, but the oil would at least help bring the salad together, if that makes sense. Thanks a bunch for the feedback!

      1. Leslie

        Thanks Julia! I actually had unsweetened coconut flakes so I made coconut milk from an online recipe. It was so easy. You just boil the coconut in water ratio of water to coconut 1cup to 1/4 cup. Boil for 5 minutes grind and strain. So easy! Made the salad again this past weekend for guests and it was a hit! Thanks again!

  27. alisson

    Wow. I just finished consuming this meal and it was amazing. As I have a huge aversion to cilantro I simply left it off. I felt like I was eating this delicious Thai-style dish without the huge feeling I get in my tummy after eating pasta. I bought my spiralizer today and intend to use it all the time!!! Thanks for this recipe!

  28. Laura Rose

    This is so creative and beautiful! I am amazed at what you can create out of raw carrots! Definitely getting my hands on one of those spiralizers. Any recommendations on the best place to buy one?

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