Russian-Korean Carrot Salad

This dish is very popular in my country, it’s a must for any holiday. The funny thing is that in Korea this salad doesn’t exist, but it was made by Koreans who  immigrated to Russia in the 1860s.

This is a marinated salad with fresh carrot as the main ingredient and seasoned with oil, vinegar, fresh garlic, coriander seeds, and cayenne pepper. There are many recipes for this salad, as always you can use the spices depending on your taste or you can just buy ready made spice packets which I usually do when I’m in Russian store. Since my husband loves this salad even spicier, I add even more hot cayenne peppers.

This salad can be served as a snack or used in the preparation to other dishes, such as meat salad with Korean carrots or mixed carrots with pickled mushrooms and chicken, or simple just serve with rice… there are a lot of options! It’s complements many dishes well.

For making this salad, there are special graters that grate the carrots into long, thin strands, or special attachments for a food processor, but you can also buy already grated carrots. The thinner the strands are the better. I advise you to cook the carrots first to soak in the marinade, it will be tastier and juicier.
Also, try to add a little sesame oil or soy sauce. Or skip the carrots altogether and use beets or daikon radish.

Russian-Korean Carrot Salad Recipe

By Olya Sandstrom Published: April 22, 2013

  • Yield: 8-10 Servings
  • Prep: 25 mins

This dish is very popular in my country, it's a must for any holiday. The funny thing is that in Korea this salad doesn't exist, but …



  1. Wash and clean the carrots, grate them into long, thin strands and place in a bowl.
  2. Peel the garlic and onion. Finely chop the onion and fry it in the hot oil, until golden brown. Remove the onion (you can throw it away since its no longer needed), and in the oil where the onion was fried, add the finely chopped garlic, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, sugar, salt and black pepper, stir and turn the heat off.
  3. Pour the hot oil with the spices over the carrots, add the vinegar, stir well and let it marinate for at least 8 hours.

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