Classic Carrot Salad

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Grated carrot salad has to be one of the easiest dishes in the world to prepare, as well as being pretty kid-friendly and good for you!

The trick is to start with the best carrots you can find. Here is where buying organic or from a farmer’s market really makes a difference in taste.

Carrots, being root vegetables, are not only tastier when they are grown in compost-rich soil, but they are more nutrient-rich as well.

The proportions of this recipe are flexible, depending on what you have on hand. Many traditional carrot salad recipes also call for crushed pineapple, but I think with the apples, raisins, and carrots, it’s sweet enough.

By the way, Trader Joe’s often carries “rainbow crunch” carrots of different colors—deep red, bright orange, and bold yellow— that are pretty and taste great.

Classic Carrot Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4



  • 3-4 cups freshly grated carrots (4 to 6 medium sized carrots)
  • 1/2-1 cup raisins (regular, golden, craisins or a mix)
  • 1 large apple, (peeled or not, your preference) cored and chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup mayonnaise


Gently combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Classic Carrot Salad

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  • Del

    I grew up on carrot raisin salad but my mom didnt like mayo so she never used it. Does anyone know of a recipe without it? I didnt get the recipe before she passed away.

  • Nancee Taylor

    Not a fan of raisins, would dried cranberries work?

  • Bianca

    Adding pineapple and a little juice makes it sweeter! I also replace mayo with daisy sour cream and it’s delicious!

  • Michael

    It was yummy in my tummy.

  • Tisha

    Any suggestions on the kind of apple to use??? Which one goes best with the carrots.

    Any apple you like to eat. I like Fuji apples myself. ~Elise

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