Honey mustard carrot and beetroot slaw with poppy seeds

A vibrant side dish which goes well with baked potato or cold meats.

All the punchy goodness of raw beetroot and carrot with a zingy but slightly sweet dressing and a bit more crunchy texture from the poppy seeds – not to mention their minerals. I didn’t used to like beetroot, mainly cos of that flabby stuff you get in jars, pickled.

This is different, a whole new beetroot level of deliciousness.

Prep time: 5-10 mins
Cook time:
Servings: 4
Servings: 4


  • 2 large carrots, peeled and julienned – use a julienne peeler.
  • 3 uncooked beetroot, peeled and julienned – I suggest protecting the hand that’s holding the beetroot if you don’t want julienned hand in your salad 🙂
  • 2-3 spring onions cut into very thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds

For the dressing:

  • 150ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons of mild clear honey such as acacia
  • 4 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt


Combine the dressing ingredients and either shake in a lidded jam jar or whisk together.

Mix the dressing, vegetables and poppy seeds.

Keeps well in the fridge for 2-3 days, in fact it kinda improves!

Feel free to adjust the oil and vinegar ratio in the dressing or even add some orange or lemon juice. I’m a bit random with dressings I just chuck stuff in, taste and adjust!

Nutrition Info


Beetroot contains nitrate which helps to dilate blood vessels, temporarily improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. It’s also a rich source of phytonutrients, in particular ‘betacyanin’, to support cell health. Beetroot is also a great source of folate.

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The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.

Tom Robbins

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