Carrot Raisin Salad

Carrot Raisin Salad

This Carrot Raisin Salad is tasty sweet and savoury salad. And thanks to a lighter dressing, this version is even healthier.

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Carrot Raisin Salad

Hello everyone – happy Friday. I hope everyone is excited about the weekend, right?!

Today I am bringing the recipe that might not be prefect to celebrate weekend, yet it is perfectly delicious and super easy to make. That’s why you can enjoy it any time of week, any time of year.

You might know that I do love salads – a huge part of my recipes here are salads. And you’ve probably also noticed I often like some interesting – and sometimes not so common – combinations. However, lately, I’ve been really into simple salad like coleslaw. By the way, please check this Brussels Sprout Slaw. So, besides this carrot salad, you will see few more soon!

Winter Salad Ideas

If you are looking for something fancier, I’ve got many!

Eggplant Crispy Chickpea Salad

Orange Fennel Pecan Salad

Blood Orange Scallop Salad

Caramelized Vegetable Salmon Salad

Caramelized Carrot Parsnip Salad

Potato Egg Prosciutto Salad

Roasted Beetroot Barley Feta Salad

Persimmon Pecan Cheddar Salad

Carrot Raisin Salad

Many of you are probably familiar with Carrot Raisin Salad. It’s easy and quick to make, affordable, tasty, and somewhat nostalgic. My version is a little bit different from most recipes you will find online. First of all, it’s more on savoury side. Sweeteners such as honey or even sugar are common ingredients, but I personally don’t see the need of extra sweetness, at least as long as carrots are nice and sweet enough. Also, the addition of thyme accentuates the savoury side of it.

Also, the dressing is lighter than most recipes would suggest. Here is the combination of plain yogurt or sour cream used with just a little addition of mayo. Creamy enough without extra calories. Plus, if you use yogurt or sour cream, they add a little pleasant tanginess. And if you opt for yogurt, there would be a small addition of protein. Win-win, in my book!

Of course, this salad is super versatile too, soo feel free to adjust to your taste. Carrots are too sweet? A little drizzle of lemon juice will do! Not too sweet enough? Try a bit of honey or maple syrup. Not so juicy? An addition spoon of yogurt will help. Don’t like raisins? Try other dried fruit or berries like cranberries, currants, or apricots. Want some extra crunch? Consider adding some nuts or seeds then! Don’t like or have on hand fresh thyme? Think of other fresh herbs such as parsley, dill, or even oregano.

I hope you like this Carrot Raisin Salad, and you will give it a try shortly. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me anĀ InstagramĀ message or share your photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Carrot Raisin Salad
Carrot Raisin Salad

Carrot Raisin Salad

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Salads, Appetizers


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Chilling time (Recommended)




  • ~ 4 cups grated carrots (4-5 medium carrots)

  • 1/2 t0 2/3 cup raisins of your choice

  • about 1/3 cup of plain yogurt of sour cream

  • 1 tbsp. mayo

  • a pinch of salt and black pepper, each

  • 1/2 to 2/3 tbsp. fresh thyme


  • In a small bowl combine and quickly whish the yogurt, mayo, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Gently combine the carrots with raisins and dressing in a medium bowl. Try and adjust the taste if necessary.
  • You can serve this salad immediately, but it will be only better if you cover and refrigerate it for an hour or even longer. Enjoy!

9 thoughts on “Carrot Raisin Salad

  1. David @ Spiced says:

    Nostalgic is the right word here for sure! When I was younger, my family would occasionally go to a local cafeteria for dinner on Sunday evenings. My Dad would always (and I mean always) get carrot-raisin salad. I don’t remember my mom ever making this at home, though. This sounds like a fresh and healthy side dish – and like Neil said, it would pair well with grilled meat!
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  2. Raymund says:

    This Carrot Raisin Salad sounds absolutely amazing! I love how you added a savory twist to this classic dish and the use of yogurt and sour cream to add creaminess and tanginess. The fact that it’s versatile and easy to adjust to your liking just makes it even more appealing. I can’t wait to give this a try and see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jeff the Chef says:

    I love carrot and raisin salad, and I haven’t had it in years and years. I’ve never made it or seen a recipe, so thank you for that. I think the only time I’ve ever had it was when I would buy it at a deli, so go along with a sandwich or something. Hope you have a great weekend!

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