Classic Carrot Salad

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Traditional grated carrot salad with carrots, raisins, chopped apple and mayonnaise. One of the easiest salads to prepare, as well as being kid-friendly and good for you.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. shareen

    I used a store bought coleslaw dressing which had more vinegar in it which I thought was good.

  2. Christine

    Just made this for the first time. It is wonderful! I added pineapple tidbits and used golden raisins and craisins. Used Greek yogurt and honey for the dressing. So I “borrowed” ideas from others comments! Thanks to all of you!

  3. Erin P

    I use vanilla Greek yogurt with great results. The Greek is preferable to the regular yogurt because it is quite a bit thicker. For 6 big carrots I used 2 cups of yogurt. I prefer to use the pineapple tidbits instead of the crushed. The crushed is just too runny. I then do a little bit of chopping on the tidbits and the size is perfect.

  4. 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.

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  5. Nancee Taylor

    Not a fan of raisins, would dried cranberries work?

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