Gluten Free Living – 2014
Carrot Raisin Salad is wonderful. It’s a sweet salad that’s almost like a dessert. It’s chocked full of either shredded carrots or matchstix 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 summer holiday picnics and potlucks. Carrot Raisin Salad is also gluten free for those who have gluten sensitivities.
Carrot Raisin Salad is a recipe 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 features 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 add a lot of sweetness to the recipe, so I warn you in advance this salad really is more like a dessert.
Carrot Raisin Salad is an amazing fruity salad that’s more like eating dessert than salad.
This is a great salad for holiday menus, too.
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.
I used these ingredients.
Place carrots, pineapple, raisins and marshmallows in a serving bowl.
Add Miracle Whip, Cool Whip and sugar.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Carrot Raisin Salad is nice, cool and refreshing on hot, summer days.
The pineapple, marshmallows and raisins add sweetness and texture to this recipe.
Here’s the recipe.
CARROT RAISIN SALAD
(Recipe from my mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL)
- 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
- Combine all ingredients.
- Chill well before serving.
Carrot Raisin Salad is a scrumptious family favorite that your whole family will enjoy.
We enjoy eating Carrot Raisin Salad especially when we’re grilling outside for backyard barbecues.
This close up allows you to see the texture of all the veggies and fruit in this tasty salad.
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