Carrot Raisin Salad – Perfect Summer Salad for Picnics and BBQ’s

This carrot raisin salad brings back so many potluck memories for me. My parents must have been members of a potluck club because it seemed like we were constantly headed to yet another one when I was little.

The best part of potlucks is that you pick and choose what you want to eat, and I loved the summer salads like grape salad and taffy apple salad. I always wanted the carrot raisin salad too because it was pretty, but it had mayonnaise in it, and mayonnaise is of the devil. It IS.

So now that I’m in charge of my own destiny, I can make my carrot raisin salad without mayonnaise. So there. Granted, you can totally make this recipe with mayo if you must (and if you like the devil).

Carrot Raisin Salad

carrot raisin salad recipe

Another thing I’ve changed about my recipe is that I like the carrots grated finely. You know why? Carrots are tough little rascals to chew, and those thickly grated strands are just a bit much to handle imo. Therefore, grate them thinly, so they’re not so obnoxious.

Or do what you want.

finely grated carrots

Carrot Raisin Salad



  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (or mayonnaise) or more if desired.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Chill in refrigerator.


carrot raisin salad

It wouldn’t be a picnic or a potluck or summer itself without carrot raisin salad. Enjoy!

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