Classic Carrot Salad With Raisins

Classic Carrot Salad With Raisins

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
170 Calories
9g Fat
23g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 294mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This carrot salad is a flavorful and colorful side dish to serve with a holiday meal, everyday dinner, or your next cookout. For winter holidays, you can replace the raisins with dried cranberries. Pineapple chunks are an excellent addition as well, especially with a Christmas or Easter ham dinner. Even though the salad is a simple preparation with just a few basic ingredients, the flavors are amazing. 

Multicolored carrots make a beautiful salad if you can find them. Look for them at local farmers markets and grocery stores when they're in season. Trader Joe's sometimes has "rainbow carrots."


  • 6 to 8 medium multicolored carrots, about 3/4 pound

  • 3/4 cup raisins

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or cider vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Classic Carrot Salad With Raisins ingredients

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  2. Using a food processor with a shredding disc or a box grater, shred the carrots coarsely.

    shred carrots in the food processor

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  3. In a large bowl, combine the carrots with the raisins.

    In a large bowl, combine the carrots with the raisins

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  4. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Taste and add freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

    mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a bow with black pepper

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  5. Add the dressing to the shredded carrots and raisins and toss to mix thoroughly. Cover the bowl and chill until serving time.

    Classic Carrot Salad With Raisins in a bowl

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  • Make It Ahead: Prepare the salad up to 48 hours in advance. Cover the bowl and keep the salad refrigerated until serving time. 


  • Use apple cider vinegar rather than lemon juice.
  • Omit the sugar and add 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of drained pineapple chunks or drained crushed pineapple in addition to the raisins.
  • Peel, core, and chop or shred a medium sweet apple and add it to the salad along with the raisins.
  • Replace the raisins with dried cranberries or "Craisins."
  • Add about 4 to 5 tablespoons of blanched slivered almonds or sunflower seeds for some extra crunch.
  • Add about 1 cup of shredded green or purple cabbage to the carrots. Just keep in mind purple cabbage will color the mayonnaise, so it should be added just before serving.