Thursday, March 24, 2011

Classic Carrot Salad

There are lots of foods that I remember my Mom making on a regular rotation when I was a kid. I've posted a few of them on here already: Mom's Taco Salad, Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats, and Orange Fluff.  This is another one of my favorites from childhood.
It's so simple but it got me to eat healthy carrots, raisins and pineapples. That, of course, was my Mom's ultimate plan.  I still love to make and eat this salad! 
Ingredients:
1 pound carrots
½ cup raisins
1 cup warm water, apple juice or leftover pineapple juice
1 small can of pineapple tidbits (drained)
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. granulated sugar

Directions:
Put raisins in a cup of very warm water (or warmed up apple juice/ leftover pineapple juice) so they plump back up. Once they plump back up, discard the liquid.
 
 Drain pineapple of excess juices.
Peel carrots and then grate them. 
 If making a double batch of this salad, it may be faster to use the grater on your food processor.
In a medium bowl, toss grated carrots with drained raisins and pineapples.
Then add in mayonnaise and sugar.
Give it all a good stir.
Cover and put in the fridge to chill thoroughly. 
Give it another good stir before serving.
Enjoy!

43 comments :

Becky said...

This salad does bring back memories of family reunions in Southern Illinois, the massive amounts of food. Someone always made this salad and I haven't made this in so long. Time to dust off this recipe.

Thanks for sharing a bit of your childhood.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

My mom always made this salad too :) It is so yummy and a great way to get in some veggie servings! Nothing is quite as good as recipes from Mom :)

Gloria said...

We love carrots salad!! and this look amazing!! gloria

jill@madaboutmacarons said...

Hi Brandie,
It's too funny. My mum did a carrot salad, too, but instead of the pineapple it was peanuts. Your mum wins on the healthy front! OMG, why didn't we get the pineapple...

Jennifer said...

I'm not sure I've had anything quite like this but it looks and sounds like it would be really good. Thanks for sharing it. I think I'm going to give this one a try :)
Jennifer

Sandra said...

Sounds delicious, and interesting!
Love how it looks with the bright color!

Patti said...

Hi Brandie! I've always liked this salad! We really need to bring these old recipes back!

My Life as the canning wife said...

I am so happy you posted this!! I have been trying to be more creative on feeding Parker his veggies...this morning I put spinach in his scrambles but he didn't touch it!! Bella r dog liked it though:):)

Kimberly said...

Hey Girl! This sounds really good! I think my son would just eat this up! haha! Pun intended.. ;-) I love that you feature so many of your Mom's recipes, that's just so neat!

Lizzy said...

I don't think I've ever had this...but I love all the ingredients (well, I might substitute craisins for raisins :))

Thanks, Brandie!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

I've never seen this before but I want to try it! Your mom has some really fun comfort foods!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

This looks so fresh and delicious! Yum!

Rosemary said...

This was a childhood fave of mine, too -- except not at home. It was the school cafeteria! At home, we had only tossed salads! Still love it.

RavieNomNoms said...

I don't know if you know this...but my favorite food is carrots! haha, I am in love with this salad right now...thank you so much for sharing!

Polish Mama on the Prairie said...

Yumm. From WhipperBerry. I have tried my hand at making this and every time was a fail. Of course, I did it off the top of my head without thinking it through each time. Will have to try next time this way...

Nisa Homey said...

Hi Brandie, I have never had this salad before....my kids love carrots...will try this as a summer treat for them.

MrsJenB said...

My mom never made this, sadly. But I know I'll be making the heck out of it myself!! Yum!

Martha (MM) said...

Yummy, great salad! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :-)

spcookiequeen said...

Love this salad. My mom loved making stuff like this too. Just came over to grab your url. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
-Gina-

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scratch-made wife said...

Carrots and pineapple, huh? I've never thought to put them together! What a great ideas. (Aren't Mommas just full of them?!) We've actually been eating a lot of carrots lately. I've mainly just been roasting or steaming them, but this salad looks like a great dish. I think I'll work it into our regular rotation! (I might have to leave out the raisins, though. I almost always prefer them all by themselves.)

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Malli said...

An absolutely refreshing bowl of fresh vegetables and fruits--- healthy and yummy salad:)
Cheers

Diana's Cocina said...

What a lovely salad ~ One of my favorites!

Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com said...

Yummy! Love the pineapple with the carrots. Great salad!

The Mom Chef said...

I don't remember my mom adding pineapple, but yeah, she had a carrot salad with raisins as well. I loved it. I guess I need to try it on Dudette since she doesn't like cooked carrots. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe!

Rebekah said...

I just love carrot raisin salad! Great recipe :)

Rebekah @
www.kidsdoeathealthy.blogspot.com

sliceofsouthern said...

Hi Brandie! This looks so good. I love carrot salad, but the addition of pineapple is such a great touch!

Anonymous said...

Wondering if anyone's tried this with honey instead of sugar?
~Julie :)

Anonymous said...

Just made this last night with less mayo, added 3 tablspoons apple cider vinegar and one apple julienned. Grandma had thirds... smile

The Country Cook said...

Love the addition you made of the apple! That's the great thing about these kinds of recipes - you can change them up however you like.
Also, about the honey. I have never tried making it with honey but I don't see why it wouldn't work. If you give it a try, come back and let me know how it turned out!

carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks just fantastic. Cannot wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

Will do! I'm waiting until I make my next batch of mayonnaise, which I want to try with coconut oil.

In the meantime, I'll share a similar recipe I made this morning (inspired by both this recipe & a friend's yam/sweet potato recipe).

Mix shredded carrots, yams & apples, a handful of raisins and sprinkle with cinnamon.

I already had the first 2 ingredients grated, so I took a couple apples & grated them by hand on the smaller side of the grater and due to the juiciness of the apples it came out more like applesauce. My girls (most of whom would *not* eat raw yams or carrots) loved it. In fact one of them called it applesauce. :) Definitely a keeper!
~Julie :)

Melynda said...

Hi, sharing this great recipe on my Wednesday links. Thanks so much.

ArsenicandOldLace said...

I love carrot salad and this recipe seems to be the original dish that I tried at a local restaurant. I'm going to try it very soon. Thanks for stopping by Acorn Hollow. I love your blog so that's why I swiped your button. :)

Mrs. T.
Acorn Hollow

Alessa @ CarolinaHeartStrings.com said...

I guess I'm not the only one that likes pineapple in the salad! Can't get enough carrots!

Anonymous said...

i love this salad! my mom use to make this all the time. she used miracle whip instead of mayo & added mini marshmallows...YUMMY! thanks for the reminder!

Diane said...

My first time making Carrot Salad, and it was so good! I used Miracle Whip and gave the carrots a few quick pulses in the food processor. Loved the addition of pineapple. Great recipe, and healthy too!

SaraBeAn said...

I am not a big mayo fan. Might try making this with some plain greek yogurt. Thanks for the idea!

Marie B said...

I haven't had this salad in a long time. I do believe my mother used to put walnuts in it too. Will have to whip me up a bowl! Will be pinning for sure!

Amanda Kelleher said...

I LOVED it, used fresh pineapple and half greek yogurt SO good thank you
http://mrskelleher.com/pinned-tested/

Denise Hanson said...

Even more healthy and delicious try making it with vanilla yogurt. I use non fat Greek. Nummy!! I have never added the pineapple but am going to try it!!

Anonymous said...

I have not tried this yet but I was looking for something new to try for a church luncheon coming up next Sunday. Sounds like something that might be enjoyed and it's healthy. I'm thinking some pecans added would be great. I'm going to make a small bowl of this just to see how it goes over. I know I'm going to like it. I love carrots, pineapple and raisins.