Healthier Recipe – Italian Carrot Salad

Want to see how to make an Italian Carrot Salad? I didn’t really know what it was, but I recently filmed a 12 part series for eHow called Healthier Recipes. The way that series worked was the producer selected the titles. I did the behind the scene magic work to make the recipes delicious and nutritious. It was so much fun! I’ve posted a few recipes so far, and I have a quite a few more to share over the next few months. All of the ones we filmed are also featured in the Color Yourself Skinny – 21-Day Diet Detox that I have been working madly and passionately on bringing to fruition. Stay tuned for more details on that wild project!

The good news, this Italian Carrot Salad is now a favorite of mine! Especially for the summer time. It’s a wonderful side dish for any meal. It’s beautiful with the shredded carrots and the garbanzo beans really give it a great kick. When serving this dish alone, it’s a little light on the calories, just about 100 calories. So it makes a great snack. But to make it a meal, I suggest topping with some baked chicken breast (about 4 oz) or grilled shrimp or white fish would be amazing as well. It really is a light accent to any lean protein you’d like to prepare.

So check out one of my favorites of the 12, here’s how to make Italian Carrot Salad. To access the entire series on eHow, check it out here.  The full video is transcribed. If you would like to have all the complete recipes e-mailed to you, you can register here!

Healthier Recipe - Italian Carrot Salad
Seriously one of my new favorite Summer Salads!

Italian Carrot Salad with Grilled Chicken

  • 12 oz cooked lean protein (if making this a meal)
  • 1 lb Carrots
  • 1 cup Arugula
  • 1 ½ T Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Garbanzo Beans
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Broil, bake or grill the protein or purchase pre-cooked.
  2. Use a potato peeler to shred the carrots into long, thin strips and add to a medium sized bowl.
  3. In food processor, combine arugula, garlic and garbanzo beans and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to bowl with carrots.
  4. Add red wine vinegar, olive oil, sat and pepper to taste.

Note: the carrot salad less the chicken or other protein is a wonderful side dish and/or snack and only has 98 calories!

Healthier Recipe - Italian Carrot Salad
Less the lean protein, this salad has just 98 calories per serving!

Do you have a favorite summer salad recipe you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it!

6 thoughts on “Healthier Recipe – Italian Carrot Salad

    1. That is so awesome to hear Pamela! It’s already a good salad with regular grocery carrots, your garden fresh ingredients are going to make it amazing! Enjoy!

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