Few salad recipes are as deliciously rewarding as this cool creamy carrot salad. When you think summer salad recipes, vegetable salad recipes may not always be the first to come to mind but that’s just because you haven’t tried the right ones. This is the king of all carrot salad recipes.
This is a sweet creamy recipe passed down from my grandmother and I just know you’re going to love it! Check it out!
- Sweet and creamy
- Mayo-based salad
- Grandma’s recipe
How To Make Carrot Salad Recipe
This dazzling salad only takes a few minutes to throw together. Just combine the ingredients for the dressing and set aside while you combine grated carrots, pineapple, raisins, and pecans. Toss the carrot mix in the dressing and it’s ready.
This cold creamy salad is sweet and crave-worthy. Not overly sweet, just enough. I find that the bagged shredded carrots are perfect for this. Their thicker cut texture is deal.
Also, if you need to lighten this up and save calories try swapping the mayo for plain Greek yogurt. Just don’t forget to adjust the sugar.
Carrots- I prefer to use the bagged grated carrots for my carrot salad. I think their thick-cut texture is best in the salad. Hand-grating or using the food processor doesn’t produce the same chunky texture. Plus, you get the added convenience!
Crushed pineapple – adds another layer of flavor along with a textured twist that complements perfectly. Be sure to drain it well.
Sugar- I include sugar to round out the flavors in the dish, but I know that added sugar is a no-no for some people. There’s a lot of sweetness already in the pineapple, raisins, and carrots.
Feel free to decrease the amount of sugar, use your favorite sugar substitute, or leave it out altogether.
Salt – Adding just a small amount of salt enhances flavor and sweetness. Plus, it plays well with the lemon juice which is a nice tangy balance for the sweet pineapple.
Nuts –I use nuts for an added layer of flavor and texture. However, if you’re not so nuts about nuts, just leave them out. If you want to try some different combinations, pistachios, almonds, or cashews would all be great alternatives!
Raisins – Grandma always used brown raisins, but there are lots of varieties to experiment with. Golden raisins tend to be slightly plumper than their brown cousins.
Dried cranberries – are another excellent alternative if you want just a hint of tang in the salad. There are tons of different dried fruits and any of them would be fun to try. I think dried dates or apples would be fantastic!
Also- if you find your raisins to be a little shriveled and sad – warm up the pineapple juice and let them soak in it until they plump up a bit. If you’ve already tossed the juice- warm water or other juice works fine too. It just needs to be warm- not boiling. You’ll love the plump, juicy tidbits in your salad!
Mayo- I get asked a lot about lightening this recipe for a healthy salad. One of the most common ingredients people look to change is the mayo. Greek yogurt is the best alternative.
I’d recommend using plain yogurt and adjusting the amount of sugar to your desired level of sweetness. Flavored yogurt will mask the great taste combinations of the dish.
Your sweet creamy salad will taste best when it’s served fresh. I like to mix it up just before serving time. If you’re not serving immediately, it should be kept covered with plastic wrap in the fridge.
Can You Freeze This?
That’s a negative. This is a mayo-based salad that just doesn’t freeze well at all but it’s so easy to throw together – who needs to freeze it?
Make Ahead Tips
This 5-star salad tastes best when served immediately after preparing. If you must make it on the run or ahead of time, just keep the dressing and the carrot mixture separate until serving time. I like to store my dressing in a mason jar. It makes transport a breeze!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Technically, you can keep this salad in the fridge for a day or two but it tastes best freshly prepared. Really, after a couple of hours, the carrots start to soak up the dressing and the pecans lose their crunch.
Take a trip across the seas and experience unique flavors in this yummy Moroccan carrot salad full of aromatic spices. If you prefer a sweeter side you can make a carrot raisin salad that’s perfect for friendly summer potlucks.
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 cups grated carrots
- 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well-drained
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup pecans, coarsley chopped
- In a small bowl add mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and sugar and whisk until well combined.
- In a medium bowl add carrots, pineapple, raisins, and pecans. Pour mayonnaise mixture over carrots and toss until well combined.
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Now that I’ve got you thinking vegetable salads, here are some more awesome concoctions to tempt your taste buds.
- Chickpea Salad – A myriad of beautiful flavors.
- Asian Cucumber Salad – Asian flavors with a burst of sunshine in every bite!
- Caprese Salad – Light, bright and colorful.
- Brussel Sprout Salad – Brussel sprouts, feta, and honey oh my!
- Tomato Mozzarella Salad – Rich, refreshing, and crave-worthy.
- Mexican Corn Salad – The iconic street food version
This creamy delicious carrot salad is a summertime favorite ideal for any picnic or backyard BBQ. No summer get together is complete without it. This sweet-tangy delight is a long-standing favorite in my family and I just know you’re gonna’ feel the same way!