Carrot Raisin Salad

Gluten Free Living – 2014

Carrot Raisin Salad is the perfect salad for summer holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day. It’s a sweet salad that’s almost like eating a dessert. The salad is chocked full of either shredded carrots or matchsticks carrots, pineapple, marshmallows, and raisins in a delightful whipped topping base. It has a great crunchy texture from the carrots along with a chewy texture from the raisins.

It’s one of those mouthwatering salads that’s great for backyard barbecues and potlucks. Carrot Raisin Salad is gluten free for those who have gluten sensitivities, but it is a fun salad and not overly low calorie or healthy.

This recipe was given to me by my mom years ago. When I was a child my mom used to attend Bridge Parties frequently. That was a big social hit during the fifties, sixties and even into the seventies when I was growing up.

Mom would make all kinds of delicious treats when it was her turn to host those parties. I’m pretty sure Mom picked up this recipe from one of those gals she used to play Bridge with all those years ago. I remember eating this tasty salad several times at my Mom’s house when we had young children. I made sure I collected the recipe.

When I was on my recent trip to Arizona for our church’s Navaho Mission Trip, Carrot Raisin Salad was on the menu. I was trying to use up about 50 pounds of carrots someone had donated, and along with a huge batch of Carrot Raisin Salad I whipped up Honey Glazed Carrots and Roasted Chicken with Rosemary which also featured carrots. Everyone loved all three recipes and kept going back for more! I remade the recipe again last week for a family recently suffering bereavement.

If you’re looking for a tasty side dish for backyard barbecues, grilling, potlucks or even just a nice salad for your own family dinners, then consider making Carrot Raisin Salad this summer.

It’s really quick and easy if you purchase carrots that are already shredded. The marshmallows and pineapple add a lot of sweetness to the recipe, so I warn you in advance this salad really is more like a dessert. … I’ll have two servings [said the Sweet Tooth Queen]. 🙂

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Carrot Raisin Salad is an amazing fruity salad that’s more like eating dessert than salad.

Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree

This is a great salad for any holiday menu. 

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This salad is so quick and easy to make if you have pre-shredded carrots. Although now in the days of food processors, it’s still not a difficult recipe to make.

 

Here’s what I did.

Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree

I used these ingredients.

Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree

Place carrots, pineapple, raisins and marshmallows in a serving bowl.

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Add Miracle Whip, Cool Whip and sugar.

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Stir ingredients to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Carrot Raisin Salad is nice, cool and refreshing on hot, summer days.

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The pineapple, marshmallows and raisins add sweetness and texture to this recipe.

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If you’re looking for a dynamite salad for Memorial Day, Father’s Day or any other summer holiday fun, this is the perfect salad to serve.

 

Here’s the recipe.

CARROT RAISIN SALAD

(Recipe from my mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL)

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This fabulous salad is filled with carrots, raisins, marshmallows and pineapple. It's so quick and easy, and a great recipe for backyard barbecues, potlucks or grilling out. This recipe is gluten free.
Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Chill well before serving.

 

[b]Carrot Raisin Salad[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from my Mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
This fabulous salad is filled with carrots, raisins, marshmallows and pineapple. It’s so quick and easy, and a great recipe for backyard barbecues, potlucks or grilling out. This recipe is gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise (I prefer miracle whip)
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 1-2 tbsp. sugar
  • 5–oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Chill well before serving.

Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree

Carrot Raisin Salad is a scrumptious family favorite that your whole family will enjoy.

Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree

We enjoy eating Carrot Raisin Salad especially when we’re grilling outside for backyard barbecues.

Carrot Raisin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my Mom's delicious #salad includes #marshmallows & #pineapple. Great for #MemorialDay & other summer #holidays. #carrots #glutenfree

This close up allows you to see the texture of all the veggies and fruit in this tasty salad.

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