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Easy Grated Carrot and Crispy Apple Salad


I love this quick and easy carrot apple salad recipe that my mother used to make every winter. Surplus carrots at the end of the growing season needed some reimaging in the kitchen.

As a child I admit I wasn’t overly fond of this salad simply because her apples were often a bit too sour for the sweeter carrots and raisins in the salad. I have changed up her original recipe a bit to use a sweeter apple and changed out her preferred sultana raisins for golden raisins.

Note: If you’re not a fan of raisins you could switch it up and added sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead.

Carrot slaw is a delicious medley of grated carrots, diced apples, and golden raisins with a tangy homemade salad dressing. You will want to make this ahead of time to give it time to chill properly. The salad should chill for a minimum of one hour.

How to Prepare This Easy Slaw Salad:

Start by preparing the carrots with a grater. Peeling and coring your apple is a choice. Some prefer to leave the peel on as the peel does contain vitamins. I dice the apples into bite sized pieces and then toss with the carrots and raisins.

Honestly this salad is so simple it almost makes itself. The most labor intensive part is grating all those carrots. You could speed up that process if you have a food processor handy. Especially useful if you are making a larger salad for a crowd.



Now that you have the mix ready it’s time to get started on the salad dressing. It can all be made in a measuring cup and poured evenly on the salad. I just use a fork to toss afterwards before putting in the fridge to chill.

This delicious and nutritious slaw is a great way to get your daily intake of vitamins and minerals which is a bonus! This carrot apple slaw is a fantastic addition to any meal and can be served as a side dish or even as a light snack.

So, choose your favorite carrots and apples, gather the other ingredients, and whip up some delicious carrot apple slaw today! It’s sure to become a favorite in your home.

Your Questions Answered:

Is this a chilled salad?

Yes definitely serve this chilled as the apples will be crispier.

How long will this keep in fridge?

General rule of thumb for salads with cream dressing is no longer than five days.

What are some ways to make this salad even tastier?

I like adding celery seed to the dressing now and then. Alternatively you can omit the raisins and use sunflower seeds.

What meat does this salad work best with for dinner?

Pork for sure. It can also go well with chicken.


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Quick and Easy Carrot Apple Salad

Amber Bondar
This quick and easy carrot slaw with apples and golden raisins is a great cold salad for dinner time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Course Salad
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 bowl
  • 1 peeler
  • 1 knife
  • 1 measuring cup


Carrot Apple Salad

  • 4 med carrots Room temperature carrots are easier to cut up.
  • 1 small apple Any crisp apple variety works
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins You can use any raisins or leave out entirely
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar you can use white vinegar if you don't have rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp white sugar add more if you like a sweeter dressing


  • Start by washing and peeling the carrots and apple.
  • Grate carrots up into bowl.
  • Dice cored apple into bite sized pieces.
  • Add raisins if using
  • Mixed the mayonnaise with vinegar and sugar.
  • Mix the dressing into the vegetable/fruit and sprinkle the pepper over it.
  • Let chill for an hour at least before serving
Keyword apple, carrot, salad


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