This extra crunchy cucumber carrot salad is a delicious and refreshing summer salad that’s ready in about 10 minutes! Made with sliced cucumbers, matchstick carrots, celery and a light and simple homemade dressing, you’ll get plenty of crunch in every bite.

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Ingredients in this carrot and cucumber salad

  • Cucumbers – Any kind will do, my favorite are fresh pickling cucumbers if you have them. No peeling necessary!
  • Carrots – Again, no peeling necessary. Any type of carrots will work and you can even use rainbow carrots for a pop of color.
  • Celery – With a mild flavor and hearty crunch factor, celery is the perfect addition to this light and crunchy salad.
  • Homemade dressing – A simple and tangy-sweet dressing coats all the crunchy goodness in this salad. It’s made up of sesame and olive oils, lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic powder and sea salt.

Loving this recipe? Be sure to check out our Asian-inspired cucumber salad and this apple walnut spinach salad.

Overhead image of a bowl with crunchy cucumber salad ingredients all separated out - cucumber rounds, carrot matchsticks and chopped cucumbers. Sauce and sesame seeds in ramekins on the side.

Recipe tips and options

  • Make ahead option – You can make this recipe ahead of time, just keep the dressing separate or it will get soggy. Simply toss the salad with the dressing 20-30 minutes before serving.
  • Change the texture – You can completely change the look and texture of this salad by peeling the cucumbers, shredding the carrots or even turning either of them into noodles with a spiralizer.
  • Crunchy substitutes for celery – If you’re looking for something different, try some chopped jicama, sliced radish or water chestnuts.
  • Sweet & spicy – If you like this combination, add a little cayenne or red pepper flakes to the dressing. You may also need to add a little more maple syrup to balance things out.
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Serving suggestions to go with this salad

Since cucumbers are the ultimate fresh summer ingredient, this salad pairs great with any of our healthy grilling recipes.

Some of our most popular grilling recipes are:

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Your turn to try this crunchy carrot cucumber salad

Chop up a handful of ingredients, toss them with the easy homemade dressing and you have a refreshing, light and crunchy salad to serve up all summer long!

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Light & Crunchy Cucumber Carrot Salad

Made with sliced cucumbers, matchstick carrots, celery and a tangy homemade dressing, you'll love this light & crunchy cucumber carrot salad. Ready in 10 minutes or less!


  • 2 English cucumbers, ends removed and sliced, (or 5-6 medium pickling cucumbers)
  • 2 medium carrots, matchstick cut
  • 4 celery ribs, sliced

For the dressing:

For topping:

  • sesame seeds


  • Cut up the cucumbers, carrots and celery as noted and place them in a bowl.
  • Add the dressing ingredients to a small bowl or jar and whisk well.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to set.
  • Toss immediately before serving and top with sesame seeds if desired.

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