Carrot Raisin Salad

This Carrot Raisin Salad is light, sweet and savory all in one delicious dish. It's so easy to make that you'll be able to whip this up in no time at all for lunch, dinner or even a fun little snack.

How often do you start making lunch or dinner and are at a loss for what veggie to add to the meal? Carrots are always a great and colorful choice, but maybe you're not in the mood to have to cook at the stove. I love eating raw carrots, but sometimes I find that they can be hard to digest if I eat too many or if I don't chew them really well. I imagine that the same thing might happen to kids.

This carrot salad is the easy answer to both issues. All you need is a grater to turn beta carotene packed carrots into a light, sweet salad that takes only minutes to prepare and goes down nice and easy.

Start by grating the carrots into small, thin strips until you get about two cups. Transfer the carrots to a bowl and add one tablespoon of mayonnaise, a half a cup of raisin, the juice of half a lemon and a couple pinches of kosher salt. Stir to combine and serve. 

In addition to a side dish, this carrot raisin salad could be a perfect addition to you children's lunch if you're looking to change things up a bit from the regular go-to side of veggies. Make it in bigger batches and you can refrigerate the rest to have for the week. Or bring it to a gathering or potluck and the other guests will be sure to want the recipe as well.

Kid friendly, adult friendly, this salad is a wonderful side dish that the whole family will surely enjoy.

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Carrot Raisin Salad (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 4 Carrots, grated (about 2 cups)
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1/2 Cup raisins
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt


1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

2. Serve.

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    I love your super easy recipes!

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  • Jewel

    My mom used to make carrot salad when I was growing up. I had forgotten all about it. My mom would put sliced hard boiled eggs in her carrot salad. Thank you for a yummy reminder!!

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  • Ally

    i think my 21 month old would be into this and i'm ready to stop soft steaming carrots! just curious as to what mayo you use. i've switched to spectrum organic mayo but its so expensive and we dont use mayo often

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    • Trisha

      A lot of people use mayo with canola oil, just make sure it is non-GMO canola oil.

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    • Catherine

      Sometimes best foods mayo and trader joe's mayo

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  • Nicole

    My kids love this. We add crushed pineapple in ours. The sweetness of the pineapple is a great complement to the carrots.

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  • Grace

    My mom would make something like this with red cabbage and a little carraway, it was so good! I think my toddler will like this version better right now though, thanks for the idea. I love your site....lots of great ideas!

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  • Daisy

    My mom used to make this all the time when I was little! I loved it!!

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  • Kara

    Because my family is a bunch of fatties, my mom added crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and walnuts. Um, super yum. And if you sprinkle cinnamon on top it is even more like dessert! In fact, that might be what we have for dessert tomorrow. Thanks Weelicious!

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  • Cathy

    My mother-in-law makes a similar salad with carrots and onions and she uses a food processor for the carrots. I think the addition of raisins will be a hit for my 2 1/2 year old! I might try adding some walnuts and pineapple too. Thanks for continuing to offer simple, creative and delicious recipes! Love your site!!!

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  • Melinda P

    My mom used to make carrot, apple and raisin salad. Never cared for it much, LOL! But then again, she never added lemon juice, and that sounds kinda good. :)

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  • Mrs.M

    I made this just now for dinner, we added toasted walnuts and used golden raisins. Three thumbs up.

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  • Megan Johnson

    My hubby says he's allergic to healthy* :) But you didn't see him complain shoveling that carrot salad into his mouth Mommy - 1
    Daddy - 0

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