Classic Carrot Salad

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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  • Donna A.

    I put apples, raisins and walnuts in my carrots salad. Sadly I took it to a 4th. Of July picnic a few years ago and hardly anyone ate it. These people had never eaten carrot salad. And wasn’t interested in tasting it. We always had it as part of our dinner growning up. So it surprised me that others haven’t.
    Donna A.

  • James

    Is there a dressing besides mayonnaise that work well in this recipe?

  • Sassy J

    How long does this keep? Any trick to keeping the apple fresh or does it need to be consumed within a few hours?

  • Aaron

    I’m sure you could use low fat yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

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