Healthy Carrot and Raisin Salad

This is a salad that truly will fill you up, unlike some of those leafy green salads, which, while delicious (at least I think so) don’t exactly give you that sated feeling.  It’s perfect for a picnic, a potluck, or just to make and stash in the fridge for a quick side dish, or even lunch.  It adds nice color to the table and the plate.  And it’s darn cheap.

Carrot Raisin Salad

How to Grate Carrots

You can grate carrots for carrot salad in a number of ways.  If you have a box grater, or handheld grater, that’s perfect – just make sure to use the side with the largest bolds.  You can also use the grating blade in a food processor, which is the easiest and faster way to go – this is a very underutilized food processor blade, I think.  Don’t use a microplane for this task; the gating bade is too fine.

If you prefer to cut the carrots into matchsticks with a knife instead of grating them, that’s fine, too.  

Carrot Raisin Salad Tips:

If you like celeriac, it makes a great addition to this salad.  Just peel the celeriac well, with a paring knife (the skin is very thick and rough) and sub in about 8 ounces for half of the carrots.  Adding a julienned apple is also a nice idea, providing another layer of sweetness in additional to the raisins.

Carrot Raisin Salad

Substitutions for Carrot Raisin Salad

Try other dried fruit in place of the raisins, which isn’t traditional, but allows you to keep changing things up.  Golden raisins are particularly nice as well.  Some people like to add chopped pineapple to their carrot salads for a bit of sweetness.

You can mix this right in the serving bowl, and wipe down the sides with a damp paper towel if you want it to look neat and tidy when you serve.

Carrot Raisin Salad: Pretty, inexpensive, satisfying, colorful, and portable – we all need a perfect carrot salad recipes in our repertoire!

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Mayo-Free Carrot Raisin Salad

If you want a mayo-free salad, just leave it out and add another tablespoon or so of oil.  You can use smooth Dijon mustard or coarse, your call.  And if you don’t have Dijon, psicy brown mustard works just fine.

Carrot Raisin Salad

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Carrot Raisin Salad

Pretty, inexpensive, satisfying, colorful, and portable – we all need a perfect carrot salad recipe in our repertoire!
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 10 medium carrots (about 1 pound: orange or multicolored) , peeled and grated
  • 1 cup raisins


  • In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise, olive oil, honey, lemon juice, mustard, and salt and pepper.
  • Add the carrots and the raisins. Toss until everything is well combined. Serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 12637IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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