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Easy Carrot Raisin Salad Recipe (like Chick-Fil-A)

Fresh, sweet and just the right choice for an Easter Dinner or any spring and summer meal. You’ll start whipping this up for every gathering and for your own lunches too when you see how easy it is! I’ll show you how today and you’ll think you are at Chick fil a with this Easy Carrot Raisin Salad Recipe (like Chick-Fil-A)!

white bowl of carrot raisin salad

Why This Recipe for Easy Carrot Raisin Salad Recipe (like Chick-Fil-A)

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Affordable
  • Ingredients you probably already have at home OR can get easily!

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1.

At least 30 minutes before starting this recipe, drain the juice from the pineapples and soak the raisins in this juice. Put all of the ingredients into the fridge to chill (including the raisins in pineapple juice)l. Grate your carrots and put them back in the fridge. and gather your supplies.

yellow bowl of raisins with hand draining pineapple juice into bowl

STEP 2.

Grate the carrots

2 hands grating carrots on cutting board

STEP 3.

Mix everything together, let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Serve cold.

hand mixing carrot salad together with red spatula

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Why Do I Need To Put Everything in The Fridge First? 

This allows time for all the ingredients to come to the same temperature. Plus, this is a delightful cold salad and this preps the ingredients for their eventual end! 

Do I Need To Drain the Pineapple? 

Yes, drain the pineapple well before you add the sugar. The sugar is going to draw more juice from the pineapple chunks, but that is ok. 

Can I Make This With Honey Instead of Sugar? 

You CAN, however, it won’t taste the same and I can’t make any promises about the results.

Can I Freeze This Salad? 

No, this salad won’t freeze well, the carrots go limp and the mayo separates. Thankfully, its an easy recipe that you can whip up any time you want.

This recipe makes a small family size quantity for one meal. You can double the recipe to take to a large gathering. 

How Long Does It Keep?

  • This carrots salad is good for about 5 days in the fridge if kept covered and cold. Give it a stir before serving each time.
  • Don’t let this salad sit out for over 2 hours. 

What Can I Serve With This Salad? 

This salad goes GREAT with Fried Chicken (of course)

Biscuits

Macaroni and Cheese!

close up of carrot salad with raisins

Tips and Tricks for Easy Carrot Raisin Salad Recipe

  • Only use fresh carrots for this recipe, the taste has more depth and the flavors will be right on cue. 
  • You don’t want this recipe to be soupy, so before mixing together, be sure to pour off any collected juices from the carrots, pineapples and raisins.
  • This recipe specifically calls for Dukes Mayo, if you can’t find it, that’s ok, just use the best mayo that you can find. Hellmans, Blue Plate and Aldi Brand are all fine to use. 
  • Do not substitute Miracle Whip for the Mayo, that won’t work. 
  • If you need to make a substitute for the mayo, I would try a thick greek yogurt mixed with honey and salt, but frankly, it won’t taste the same. 
  • When removing the salad from the fridge, always be sure to give it a little stir before serving. It may settle and the carrots on top may want to dry a little, but a slight stir will fix all of that. 
  • Here’s great information about carrots from the USDA

PRO TIP: This is one of those salads that gets better after it sits for 24 hours. If you are planning to take this to a gathering, make it a day ahead and WOW them every time! 

white dimpled bowl of salad on blue towel

If You Enjoyed This Carrot Recipe, You Might Also Enjoy…

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white bowl of carrot raisin salad

Easy Carrot Raisin Salad Recipe (like Chick Fil A)

Fresh, sweet and just the right choice for an Easter Dinner or any spring and summer meal. You’ll start whipping this up for every gathering and for your own lunches too when you see how easy it is! I’ll show you how today and you’ll think you are at Chick fil a!
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot salad, carrot salad with raisins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Fresh Carrots Shredded fine about 3 carrots
  • Cup Pineapple drained and chopped small
  • ½ C raisins
  • ¼ C Dukes Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ Tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract don’t use imitation
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste about ¼ tsp each

Instructions

  • At least 30 minutes before making this recipe do the following: drain the juice from the pineapple and reserve it. Soak the raisins in the juice from the pineapple. Grate the carrots. Mix the sugar into the drained pineapple chunks. Then, put everything in the fridge and allow it to rest for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes in the fridge, remove everything from the fridge and pour off the liquid from the raisins and discard, pour off any collected juices from the carrots and discard. Drain the pineapples again and discard any juices.
  • Mix everything together well and cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. You may have to drain off more liquid before serving. Do so if it seems too soupy.

Notes

  • Only use fresh carrots for this recipe, the taste has more depth and the flavors will be right on cue.
  • You don’t want this recipe to be soupy, so before mixing together, be sure to pour off any collected juices from the carrots, pineapples and raisins.
  • This recipe specifically calls for Dukes Mayo, if you can’t find it, that’s ok, just use the best mayo that you can find. Hellmans, Blue Plate and Aldi Brand are all fine to use.
  • Do not substitute Miracle Whip for the Mayo, that won’t work.
    If you need to make a substitute for the mayo, I would try a thick greek yogurt mixed with honey and salt, but frankly, it won’t taste the same.
  • When removing the salad from the fridge, always be sure to give it a little stir before serving. It may settle and the carrots on top may want to dry a little, but a slight stir will fix all of that.
  • You CAN make this by simply mixing everything together, however, you will need to pour off more liquid at the end.
PRO TIP: This is one of those salads that gets better after it sits for 24 hours. If you are planning to take this to a gathering, make it a day ahead and WOW them every time!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Carrot Raisin Salad Recipe (like Chick Fil A)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 369mg11%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10692IU214%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 24th of May 2020

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