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Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pineapple

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This shredded carrot salad with raisins and pineapple is the perfect addition to all your summer fun. The delicious crunch of the carrots combined with the sweet pineapple and tartness of the lemon, gives you a recipe that is reminiscent of what grandma used to make.

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shredded carrot salad recipe

Carrot Raisin Salad

When spring starts to peak its head around winter’s corner, my mind zooms to all the summer picnics and backyard BBQ’s I’ve yet to enjoy.  I think they call that spring fever?

While I might be getting a bit ahead of myself about the temperature, I still like to start enjoying the flavors of summer, long before I pull out the shorts and sunscreen.

Carrot Salad is one of those recipes I find myself coming back to again and again – it’s easy to put together, goes with everything, and reminds me of long summer evenings, even in the crisp air of fall or winter.

Better still, the kids love it because of the sweet, and I appreciate knowing there is a decent option we can all agree upon as a side.

pouring pecans into salad

Shredded Carrots

Yes, I know you can buy carrots already shredded at the grocery store. Its so easy to grab a little bag of pre-done carrots and it works in a pinch for uniformity and ease.

But per pound, they are just WAY more expensive than simply grating them yourself if you are looking for a huge salad.

Plus, you can make as much or as little as you want and you have control over the type of shred you get.

I realized that making them was just as easy as buying them at the store, so long as I wasn’t shredding up my hands while I was doing it.

Shredding carrots with the grater is also a perfect way to get older kids involved in cooking.

You can even mix this up by using a spiralizer to create long spiral versions and its so fun to experiment.

shredded carrots with pineapple

For regular shreds, to do a safe and effective job, you’ll need a box grater with sharp rasps on each side.

For carrots, I like to use the side typically for cheese – it’s the shape and size piece that my family seems to enjoy and matches the store kind pretty well.

For things like carrot cake or other grated carrot baked goods, I typically use a smaller rasp, so the pieces bake up smoother.

How to Shred Carrots

To begin, peel your carrots and cut the top off.

I also like to cut a small part off the bottom (pointed) end, so I have something flat to start against the grater.  If your carrot is really long or really thin, cut it in half crosswise, so you have a stiffer piece to work with.

The key to protecting your hands is to first, start slowly until you get the carrot into a groove on the grater and second, go slowly as you get to the end.

Also, pay attention.  You can adjudicate the kids’ dispute after your hands and carrot are safe.

carrot and raisin salad

Raw carrots nourish your body

While cooked carrots are sweeter, the best way to get all the health benefits out of your carrots is to eat them raw.

Raw carrots retain all of their original nutrients, unlike cooked carrots, giving you the most bang for your health buck. This carrot salad is perfect for that as its made with raw carrots!

Carrots offer you a wealth of nutritional benefits that affect nearly every part of your body and its systems – your eyes, heart, digestive system, immune system, oral health, blood sugar regulation, and notably, cancer prevention.

lemon and mayo into a bowl

Plus, when eaten in combination with other ingredients, like the pecans, pineapple, and raisins in the Carrot Salad, the effects of the carrots can be magnified.

Traditional Chinese medicine suggests that it is not only the foods we eat but the specific combinations of foods that give us the greatest health benefits.

Demystifying pineapple

Like any fruit or vegetable that comes in a can, it can be confusing to figure out when you need to spring for a fresh version and when canned is OK.

Canned pineapple is something I always have on hand in the pantry, but I rarely end up with fresh pineapple in my house.

mixing up summer salad

In this particular salad, either is fine – while canned pineapple sometimes has more moisture in it, you can simply adjust the other wet ingredients slightly to keep the salad drier.

A key issue with fresh pineapple is choosing one at the store.  No matter what I do, it feels like a guessing game to figure out whether the pineapple is actually ripe, or just seems ripe.

The other part is once I break open that husk, I suddenly have a massive amount of pineapple to eat in a relatively short period.

Let’s tackle the ripeness issue first.

There is apparently a lot to know about pineapples and how to choose a fresh fruit, which you can read more about here.

For a quick guide, focus on three things – the color, the size of the crown, and the weight of the fruit.

sweet salad recipe

Pineapples are generally green before they are ripe, like bananas, but mellow to a light golden color at peak ripeness.

If your pineapple is mostly green, it should be golden around the eyes, at the very least or you should consider it not ready to eat yet.

The crown should be in good condition – at least four inches tall, but not longer than twice the height of the fruit.

Lastly, the pineapple should feel heavy for its size.

This can be the hardest to determine, but more weight indicates more liquid which generally means a sweeter, juicier pineapple.

If you end up with a not-quite-ripe pineapple, you’ll have to let it sit on the counter for a few days.  If yours is ripe, cut and serve that day.

carrot salad recipe

As for the, “oh man, there is a lot of pineapple here to eat” issue – start with this Carrot Salad Recipe of course but also add grilled slices to burgers, mix in yogurt, eat it with a fork right out of the container, or make shish kabobs.

Fresh pineapple is just divine.

Whether for a light summery barbecue or a picnic with friends, Carrot Salad is my go-to choice for a healthy side all summer long.

Looking for something different? Try this Hawaiian Coleslaw, another way to enjoy the sweet salads all summer long!

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Carrot Salad with Raisins & Pecans
Prep Time
10 mins
fridge for
1 hr
Total Time
10 mins
 

Shredded Carrot Salad with a lightly sweet mayo and lemon mix and a crunch from crispy carrots and pecans. You will be delighted with the Raisins, making this the perfect BBQ or Picnic Side Dish at your next party.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrots, salad, sidedish
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 package 10 oz, matchstick carrots
  • 1 can 20 oz, pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Mix carrots, pineapple, raisins and pecans together in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and mix.
  3. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

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Comments

Karen Eidson

I absolutely love carrot salad! I was so sad when Chick Fil-A took it off their menu.
When I buy fresh pineapple, I look for the heaviness but also I smell it to see if it smells sweet and pineapple-y. If it doesn’t smell sweet, it is not ready to eat. My husband loves it in cottage cheese for a snack.

Sarah Hluchy

I had a recipe that was just the shredded carrots, canned pineapple chunks, pecans, and maybe raisins. The lemon juice and salt is a good idea. Mayonnaise, I can’t stand. But the version I had was really good, especially with the pecans added.

    Trisha

    My brother is one of those people that hate Mayo too so I get it! Your recipe sounds great too.

Donna

I toasted the pecans first and my pineapple was PERFECTLY ripe to make this side uniquely tasty!!!

    Trisha

    What a great idea!