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Not Your Grandma’s Carrot-Raisin Salad

We like to spiralize a lot in our house. And that’s how we ended up with this carrot-raisin salad. We just pulled out the spiralizer and started curling up everything. Did you know that fall produce works really well in the spiralizer? Apples, carrots, beets – anything sturdy and crunchy will probably stand up to spiral cuts.

(Not your grandma's) Carrot-Raisin Salad

(Not your grandma’s) Carrot-Raisin Salad

The resulting carrot-raisin salad was amazingly delicious and tempting. And it might even appeal to kids who turn up their noses at the word “salad.”

Furthermore, you might notice that this carrot-raisin salad looks nothing like your grandma’s shaved-carrot-and-mayonnaise combination. That’s probably a good thing.

What makes it different? First, the pieces are fun and curly. The spirals usually break up into smaller pieces, which is fine. Yes, the long spirals are super-fun (especially for kids!). But the shorter pieces make serving and eating a little easier.

Second, there’s no heavy mayonnaise in sight. It’s dressed with a light dressing of olive oil, vinegar, and honey.

And third, it calls for just a tablespoon of honey, rather than processed sugar, which is often a feature of carrot-raisin salads.


Not Your Grandma's Carrot-Raisin Salad

A quick, easy, and refreshing side salad made with spiralized apples, spiralized carrots, and raisins.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Jeanne Fratello


  • 1 large carrot peeled if necessary
  • 2 green apples cored but not peeled
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 T. vinegar
  • 1 T. honey


  1. Using a spiralizer, cut the carrot into curly pieces and place in a medium bowl. Spiralize the apple into long curlicues, squirt the lemon juice over the apple pieces (to prevent browning), and place in the bowl with the carrots. Add the raisins and cinnamon.
  2. In a small container, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and honey. Pour over the carrot/apple/raisin mixture and stir to combine. Serve immediately, or else chill and serve.


Carrot-raisin salad

This salad makes a tasty side dish, especially with barbecue or sliders. Additionally, you can eat it for breakfast if you like, because…apples and raisins! And last but not least, you could also use it to give a whole new kick to a sandwich.

P.S. Love cutting food into long curls? You will love our vegetable pizza made with one long strand of spiralized zucchini.

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