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Carrot-Raisin Salad is a deliciously refreshing balance of sweet and savory flavors. 

Carrot-Raisin Salad Recipe 1

What’s your favorite way to celebrate summer? Maybe pool parties, ice cream socials, or a night at the drive-in theater with friends? (I love the drive-in, by the way! Even though every time I go I get bitten alive by mosquitoes and somehow end up freezing halfway through the movie, lol. Still, I can’t let a summer go by without a visit to the drive-in.)  

Another of my favorite ways to celebrate summer is picnics, Pretty Woman-style. You know what I’m talking about…where you take your sweetie and head to the park with couple of sandwiches, and then take the whole afternoon and just chill (shoes off, of course). Picnics with a group of family or friends are always fun too.

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This Carrot-Raisin Salad is one of my favorite things to tuck into my picnic basket; it comes together fast and is dairy-free so no worries about toting it along on a picnic! The recipe makes two servings, but can easily be adjusted to feed any number.

Carrot-Raisin Salad Recipe 2

Carrot-Raisin Salad
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Yield: 2 servings
Carrot-Raisin Salad is a deliciously refreshing balance of sweet and savory flavors.
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • ½ lb (about 4 medium) carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup golden raisins (sultanas)
  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, oil, honey, mustard, salt, pepper, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  2. Toss in the carrot and raisins.
  3. Serve, or store refrigerated up to 3 days before serving.
Optional: Add a handful of chopped walnuts for a nutty crunch.

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Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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  1. With the high cost of lemons these days, I am wondeirng if you have tried substituting some kind of vinegar.

    1. Michael, Yes, vinegar can be a good substitute for fresh lemon juice in certain salad dressings. I would add little less vinegar than the recipe calls for lemon juice, because vinegar can be a bit more potent.

  2. Perfect recipe and exactly what i need !I have so so so many carrots in the fridge lol thanks Faith :) I know now what to do with them ~

  3. oh, i love carrot salads! especially those simple ones. also i think the carrot salads are often underestimated. my absolute favourite is just shredded carrot, flat-leave parsley, chopped garlic, white wine vinegar or lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper. i could eat it every day!

  4. Great idea for a side dish! I’ve never made it, but I always enjoy it on the random occasion that it is available for my consumption. :)

  5. Total agreement! I think picnics are fabulous in the spring and summer :) Especially beach picnics. I’m so looking forward to coming up with fun menus all summer long, and I definitely think I should try this salad.

  6. Although I don’t get to go for a picnic, I just love the idea! This carrot salad with the sweet touch of raisins looks like the perfect accessory for a beautiful day close to nature!

  7. I love the idea of a carrot salad! And your shrimp burger has my mouth watering! An amazing and unique combo.

  8. Long walks with hubby (in old Europe) are my way of celebrating and enjoying summer. Carrot salad has always been a favorite. I love your recipe and need to try it soon. Also I can\’t wait for that shrimp burger -wow!

  9. Love this non-dairy fresh salad so you don’t have to worry about letting it sit out at a picnic or BBQ gathering. Your shrimp burger looks amazing – can’t wait to see that recipe.

  10. i’ve had something similar to this–there was yogurt in my version, and it was delicious. walnuts are a must! lovely images, faith. :)

  11. I second the request for jumbo shrimp burger recipe! Nice, simple salad recipe for picnics or, if you live in Scotland, eating inside while looking at the wind and rain howl outside :(

  12. This sounds great! A perfect day-in-the-park dish!
    Thanks for sharing :-)

  13. Urban Wife says:

    This carrot salad reminds me of one my grandmother makes, which is absolutely delicious!

  14. What a great summer salad! Carrots and raisins go so well together…

  15. Time outside is so necessary during the summer! I already have a ton of mosquito bites, but it doesn\’t stop me from going outside! This sweet salad sounds just lovely

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