Carrot Raisin Salad

This carrot raisin salad is a fun and delicious retro recipe that has graced many a picnic table! A classic BBQ side dish!

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Carrot raisin salad? Yes! Some ingredients just work well together, even if it doesn’t seem to make any sense. This recipe for carrot raisin salad is a prime example of that; none of these ingredients should work well together, yet somehow they manage to taste great in the right proportions.

For more great ways to sneak some carrots into your food, why not make a carrot-loaded regular coleslaw recipe or these delicious Dill & Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots?

Carrot raisin salad

Carrot Raisin Salad

This retro salad is a love it, or hate it recipe. Either you are going to “get” the flavors, or you won’t, and that’s okay! It’s sweet, yet savory, and odd and delicious if you like the ingredients! I use oranges in mine instead of pineapple, which is what a fast-food chain uses, the choice is up to you!

This carrot raisin salad utilizes not only mayonnaise and lemon juice to provide a tasty dressing but also fills it out with orange and raisins to lend it some really nice sweetness. It is one of those dishes that doesn’t seem like it contains any vegetables at all, despite being packed with nutrients.

Carrot Raisin Salad Ingredients

Make sure to look at the recipe card down below for the precise ingredients needed for this recipe.

  • Raw grated carrots
  • Raisins
  • Orange (we use oranges in ours, the famous Chick Fil A version uses pineapple tidbits)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice
  • White sugar
  • Salt & pepper
carrot salad ingredients

How To Make Carrot Raisin Salad

  • Place the carrots, raisins and orange pieces in a medium bowl.
  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste test to see if you need more sugar or lemon juice.
  • Add to the other ingredients and mix until completely combined
  • Refrigerate until serving

Types of Raisins You Can Use

While you could just buy whatever raisins you find first at the store, there are actually a whole host of different raisins available to choose from.

The most basic, readily available type would be the classic black raisins you can find in those tiny cardboard boxes. These ones are very sweet and will make your carrot raisin salad especially sweet and almost like a dessert.

For a more fruity, tangy flavor, try looking for golden raisins instead.

Golden raisins have been treated during drying to avoid darkening and have a much more tangy, aromatic flavor profile than regular black raisins.

In fact, you can even find red or green raisins if you feel so inclined. Just make sure that you are buying the right kind of raisins that give you the flavor you like; some people prefer it sweeter, others with a more caramel tanginess.

carrot raisin salad in large white bowl

Make This Instead Of Regular Coleslaw!

This recipe is pretty similar to most examples of coleslaw that you can find in the USA, so why wouldn’t you just make some coleslaw instead of this?

The main benefit of this carrot and raisin salad over coleslaw is the fact that it is necessarily a bit healthier thanks to the carrots, but it is also a bit sweeter as well.

While coleslaw is made up of decently healthy cabbage and can sometimes be quite sweet, this carrot and raisin salad is both sweeter and more nutritious.

If you struggle to get your family to eat their vegetables, this might be the perfect way to sneakily get them to get a few carrots with dinner.

Looking for more delicious Side Dishes? Try these out:

Mexican coleslaw

Colcannon (Irish Potatoes)

Easy Garlic & Herb Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Ok, so are you team carrot salad, or are you passing on this one? It’s one of those retro classics that you either are sad that your mother made you eat as a kid, or you are happy every time you see it!




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Carrot Raisin Salad

This carrot raisin salad is a fun and delicious retro recipe that has graced many a picnic table! A classic BBQ side dish!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 1/2 cups raw grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins soaked in warm water until plump, then drained
  • 1 large orange peeled and cut into small cubes SEE NOTES

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons white sugar


  • Combine the first three ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • In a small bowl, add the dressing ingredients. Mix until combined. Taste test and see if you want it sweeter, or tangier at this point, and add more sugar or lemon juice.
  • Once the dressing is mixed, add to the other ingredients and mix until completely incorporated. Refrigerate until serving.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use a small can of pineapple tidbits if you like pineapple instead of orange sections in this. Drain the tidbits well, then mix in as you would the oranges.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 143mg, Potassium: 395mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 8132IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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    Looking forward to trying the carrot salad with pineapple.

  2. LYNN AULTMAN says

    AWESOME!!!! I was raised on this. I’m here in Florida and no one has ever herd of carrot salad. I add raisins and craisins to mine. sometimes at Christmas I chop up some red and green cherries and toss them in there to make it festive. My entire family looks forward to it. It’s so good! I’m going to try the pineapple it sounds really good.

    • Mr. Kitchen Magpie says

      Oh I like the idea of the candied cherries around christmas. Good call.

  3. Bev says

    This is definitely a 5 star recipe!! Sorry I meant to add this to my above comment. Many thanks!!!5 stars

  4. Bev says

    Also this is extremely good using ginger instead of cinnamon. I’ve made this for years, and it is always requested by family & friends for every meal.

    • Bev says

      This is definitely a 5 star recipe!! Sorry I meant to add this to my above comment. Many thanks!!! THIS IS NOT A DUPLICATE MESSAGE!!5 stars

5 from 12 votes (10 ratings without comment)

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