Carrot and Raisin Salad Recipe

May 13, 2020

Full of flavour and goodness this crunchy carrot and raisin salad is simple to make. Ideal for barbecues, parties or part of a salad. It will soon become a family favourite.

Are you bored of making the same salads all the time? This carrot and raisin salad will change your mind. Once you try it you will want to have it again and again. It is perfect as a side dish for summer barbecues, garden parties, picnics or family gatherings. Whilst it is easy to make it tastes amazing and looks as if you have made a huge effort. Why not try making it and impress your friends and family?

A bowl of carrot raisin salad

Carrot Raisin Salad

Carrot raisin salad has its origins in America’s Southern States where it is often found as a side dish at a barbecue. For me it brings back childhood memories. I remember eating it at one particular outdoor party when we were kids. We were on holiday in Tennessee and at a barbecue with my parents friends.

Whilst playing in the garden we heard a rustling in the bushes and went to investigate. Looking behind the bushes we found ourselves face to face with a very startled looking skunk. We ran away up the garden at great speed yelling “Skunk” at the top of our voices. The look on our parents faces was one of surprise and shock! I think we had a lucky escape as the skunk did not spray us, it just ran away.

After that surprise we were more than ready for our food. The barbecue was served with lots of sides including this salad which was so vibrant, fresh and flavourful.

A bowl of salad made with carrots, celery, walnuts, raisins and mayonnaise.

How to make this salad

These are the steps you need to take to make this delicious salad. Scroll down to get a complete printable recipe.

What ingredients do I need?

This carrot and raisin salad is made with just five ingredients.

Grated carrots, walnuts, mayonnaise, raisins and celery in separate bowls on a tiled floor

Can I make the salad without mayonnaise?

Yes, you can use Greek yoghurt instead.

A simple oil based dressing also works well. Mix 60 ml of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon. Add 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp mustard, ¼ tsp paprika, ½ tsp salt and some black pepper. Mix well and pour over the salad.

Steps to make the salad

This salad is so easy to make. Grate the carrot, you can use a food processor to do this if you have one. Chop the celery and walnuts into small pieces. Mix together the grated carrot, raisins, celery and walnuts in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise and stir through.

Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. It is a great dish to make ahead as the flavour improves the longer you leave it.

Salad with carrots, raisins, walnuts and celery in a bowl

How long will it keep

It will keep for two to three days in the refrigerator, if you can resist eating it!

Variations on the main recipe

There are a number of different variations on the main recipe you can try. To make it a little sweeter you can try carrot and raisin salad with pineapple. Just drain a tin of crushed pineapple and stir it into the salad. You can add a little pineapple juice into the dressing.

You can also stir a little shredded coconut into the salad to add a hint of sweetness to the flavour.

Carrots are one of those vegetables that are full of nutrients and are available in the winter. You can make this recipe all year round. Why not add a little sunshine to your plate in the winter?

Carrot and Raisin Salad Recipe

Carrot and raisin salad in a bowl

Carrot and Raisin Salad

Alison Maclean
This is a delicious sweet salad with a touch of crunch. Perfect as a side dish at barbecues, picnics, garden parties and for family gatherings. It is also a great winter salad.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • Sharp knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon


  • 140 g carrots (about three medium carrots)
  • 160 g raisins or sultanas
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 30 g walnuts
  • 80 ml low fat mayonnaise


  • Grate the carrots
  • Chop the celery and walnuts into small pieces
  • Put the raisins, grated carrots, walnuts and celery into a bowl and mix
  • Add the mayonnaise and mix through
  • Put in the fridge for a couple of hours until ready to serve


You can use Greek or natural yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
You can also replace the mayonnaise with an oil based dressing. Mix 60 ml of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon. Add 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp mustard, ¼ tsp paprika, ½ tsp salt and some black pepper. Mix well and pour over the salad.
You can vary the recipe by adding a tin of drained crushed pineapple for additional sweetness. Why not try adding shredded coconut or chopped apple as well?
Keyword carrot, summer

Why not pin the recipe for later?

Carrot raisin salad is a delicious and easy dish perfect for barbecues

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7 responses to “Carrot and Raisin Salad Recipe”

  1. Mammasaurus says:

    Oh this looks good! I have a killer pulled pork recipe that this would go really well with – printing this page off to add to my recipe book! x

  2. Angela says:

    It looks like we are all making summer dishes in the hope that the sun will eventually shine 😉 It looks like a nice easy salad to make.

  3. Lovely and simple. Looks yum too. I’d happily have this for lunch. Maybe with some crusty bread – mmmm.

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