Looking for a refreshing and vibrant salad to brighten up your table? This Sweet and Tangy Carrot Summer Salad is just what you need! It’s packed with shredded carrots, raisins, diced pineapple and apples in a Greek yogurt and mayo dressing. This salad is a delightful balance of flavors and textures.
Here is a great summer recipe that will tickle those taste buds! I know carrot salad may not sound so appealing to the kids, but you have to trust me on this one. Once they taste the sweetness of the pineapple and raisins they will be hooked!
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How to Make a Classic Carrot Salad
- To make this salad, you’ll need some key ingredients. Start off with 10 ounces of shredded carrots or julienne 1 or 2 carrots if you prefer. Next, gather ½ cup of plump raisins, ½ cup of freshly diced pineapple, ½ cup of diced apple, and ¼ cup of diced grapes. These fruity additions will bring a burst of juicy goodness to the mix.
- Now, it’s time to whip up a creamy and tangy dressing. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of mayonnaise, ¼ cup of full-fat Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons of organic cane sugar, and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt. Give it a good whisk until everything is smooth and well incorporated. This dressing will be the secret weapon that ties all the flavors together.
- Once the dressing is ready, pour it over the shredded carrots, raisins, pineapple, apple, and grapes. Toss everything gently, ensuring that each carrot strand gets coated in that luscious dressing.
- Let the flavors mingle and develop by covering the bowl and popping it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
While potato salad is undoubtedly a classic picnic dish, this Sweet and Tangy Carrot Salad offers a delightful alternative that brings a unique flavor profile to the table. Here’s why you might consider bringing or making this salad for your picnic or dinner:
- Vibrant and Refreshing: The combination of shredded carrots, juicy raisins, tropical pineapple, and crisp apple creates a refreshing and vibrant salad that stands out among the usual picnic fare. Its colorful appearance and crisp texture make it visually appealing and refreshing to eat on a warm day.
- Lighter Option: If you’re looking for a lighter alternative to traditional potato salad, this carrot salad fits the bill. With a creamy dressing made from Greek yogurt and mayonnaise, it provides a tangy and satisfying taste without the heaviness of a mayonnaise-based potato salad.
- Unique Flavor Profile: The sweet and tangy flavors in this salad offer a departure from the usual savory and starchy potato salad. The combination of the naturally sweet carrots, juicy raisins, and tropical pineapple brings a burst of flavors that are sure to surprise and delight your taste buds.
CLASSIC CARROT SUMMER SALAD
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A great refreshing summer salad that is not mayo based and your vegetarian friends will love.
- 10 oz. Shredded Carrots (or julienne 1 or 2 Carrots)
- ½ Cup Raisins
- ½ Cup Fresh Pineapple, diced
- ½ Cup Apple, diced
- ¼ Cup Grapes, diced
- ¼ Cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup Full Fat Greek Yogurt
- 2 teaspoons Organic Cane Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
- Combine the carrots, raisins, pineapple, apple, grapes in a large bowl.
- Whisk the mayo, yogurt, sugar and salt together in a small bowl and pour over the vegetables. Use a spatula or large spoon to gently mix until combined.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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