Classic Carrot Summer Salad


classic carrot salad

I have to admit, I don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to Classic Carrot Salads.  This seems to be something a lot of people grew up eating at family cookouts in the Mid West.   I grew up on macaroni and potato salads back East.  I know, real healthy.

But to be honest, I’m finding my journey of eating unprocessed foods is leading me in a different direction these days.  I’m searching (and craving) more raw foods.

That’s when I came across this recipe at A Cedar Spoon and although I created my own recipe and didn’t follow hers, I still felt it only right that I pay her homage since that’s where I got my inspiration from.

And isn’t that something we all need now and again … a little inspiration?  So go check out her blog, it’s got some amazing recipes on it!

classic carrot salad

The traditional Carrot Salad recipe (I think) has just carrots, raisins and mayo.  I decided to play around and added some diced apples, grapes and then it hit me!  I saw pineapple tucked away in the fridge.  I added that too.  I saw another recipe where almonds or walnuts were added and thought that sounded good too!

Instead of full mayo, I did 1/2 mayo and 1/2  yogurt.  I like how the yogurt adds a little more sweetness to it.  Now obviously your Carrot Salad will come out tasting totally different then mine, depending on the yogurt you use.   I always use full fat products (because I don’t buy into the low fat scam) so using a low fat or even flavored yogurt will change the taste.

classic carrot salad

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m invited to a cookout or family bbq, I always rummage through all my recipes to find something to bring.  And then I end up in the kitchen for half the morning making it.  Not that I’m complaining, because the kitchen is, after all, one of my favorite places to be.

But when a salad this healthy and this tasty can come together within 15 minutes of me leaving the house, well then count me in!

Classic Carrot Summer Salad

Serving Size: 6 - 1 cup servings

Classic Carrot Summer Salad


10 oz shredded carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1/2 cup apple, diced
1/4 cup grapes, diced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup whole plain yogurt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt


  1. Combine carrots, raisins, pineapple, apple, grapes in a large bowl
  2. Mix mayo, yogurt, sugar and salt together
  3. Pour over carrots
  4. Cover and refrigerate


All nutrition information is approximate

Calories 132; Fat 7.2 gr; Chol 4.7 mg; Sodium 171 mg; Carbs 17.5 gr; Fiber 1.6 gr; Sugar 12.9 gr; Protein 1.1 gr

Recipe Source:
I used all organic ingredients (except the mayo) when making this recipe and hope you do too!  🙂


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  1. How many carrots is 10oz?

  2. I love it!!! I made today and was Awesome!!!!!! Tanks share this recipe.☺☺☺

  3. Loved it, I used half mayo and half yogurt and added a little cinnamon . Would make again!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have grapes, raisins, or pinaple would the salad still taste good?

  5. its good and perfect.. so inspiring to make carrot with different style

  6. It would be nice if with the printing of your recipes, the adds would not print as well. A waste of paper, ink and time!

  7. How many does this serve?

  8. Jenn from Calgary says:

    This is the perfect substitute going forward for the pineapple-carrot muffin that I just had for breakfast this morning. Much healthier! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. This looks interesting! I live in the Northeast so I am accustomed to potato and macaroni salad as well but I don’t like them. I’m always on the lookout for another type of cold salad. I make a broccoli/cauliflower salad but not everyone is a fan of those veggies. I’ll have to try this out – although, not sure about the pineapple with the carrots – but I guess carrots are sweet and there is other fruit in it too.

    • Hi Amanda! Thanks for your comment. I’m from NY so I totally get the mac/potato salads everywhere. I wanted to make something different though and this really was a huge hit! Even the kids liked it probably b/c of the sweetness the pineapple gives it. Try it with the pineapple and let me know what you think.


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