A crunchy, healthy and flavorful Carrot Raisin Salad recipe walnuts and celery drizzled with a Creamy Honey-Lemon Dressing. Easy to make and soooo good with all the spring and summer things like Black Bean Walnut Burgers and Olive and Egg Potato Salad! This recipe is vegetarian, gluten free and easily vegan.
Why You’ll Love this Carrot Raisin Salad Recipe with Pineapple
This carrot raisin salad recipe is chock full of good for you ingredients and makes a fabulous side for all the summer things. It’s a welcome addition to picnics, potlucks or for alfresco afternoons on the porch. It pairs perfectly with Pulled Portobello BBQ Sandwiches or BBQ Chickpea Burgers. You’re going to love how simple this is to make!
A versatile recipe, some ingredients are easily subbed for what you have in the pantry. Use whatever nuts you have on hand. I like walnuts, but pecans or slivered almonds would be a delight as well. For raisins, I like currants (shown here) or golden raisins, but Thompson dark raisins are delicious too, and add a nice contrast.
For pineapple, I like fresh and in season (Spring-Summer) because it’s so sweet and juicy and the leftovers make a delicious snack or sweet addition to a smoothie. But canned can also be used with delicious results. Simply drain before using.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Carrot Raisin Salad
This carrot raisin salad recipe with pineapple is simple to pull together. You’ll need just a few fresh ingredients (see recipe card for full details):
- Carrots with Tops Attached – this way you can see how fresh they are and the tops are delicious as a garnish and in smoothies.
- Pineapple – fresh if possible
- Raisins – currants, Thompson or Golden
- Celery – for the crunch!
- Fresh Parsley
For the carrot raisin salad dressing, you’ll need mayo, lemon juice and zest, honey (or maple), and a pinch of salt. SO simple, right?
Quick Guide: How to Make Carrot Pineapple Salad
Just a few simple steps to whip this recipe up! In summary, here’s how to make carrot salad with pineapple: (see recipe card below for full details):
- First, toast the walnuts, then give em’ a good chop.
- Second, soak the raisins in hot water. This will make them nice and plump!
- Third, shred the carrots (you can use shredded or grated carrots)! I use the coarse shredder blade of a food processor to shred the carrots. A Julienne peeler will also do the job.
- Fourth, chop the celery, pineapple chunks and parsley.
- Last, whip up the mayonnaise honey lemon dressing.
Put all the ingredients for this carrot salad with raisins and nuts in a large bowl and toss.
A Few Recipe Tips
- Make ahead? Yes please! The dressing can be made up to three days in advance. For the carrot pineapple salad, make one day ahead of when needed. Sprinkle fresh herbs over the top, then toss before serving.
- To shred the carrots, I use the coarse shredder blade of a food processor. A Julienne peeler will also do the job.
- For the raisins, I prefer currants, but they can be hard to find. Look in the bulk bins at your Co-Op or health food store. Otherwise, golden and Thompson raisins are fabulous too.
- Make it vegan! Simply leave out the honey in the dressing and use maple instead. It’s an easy and delicious swap!
More Side Salads for Sharing
- Broccoli Slaw with Golden Raisins and Walnuts
- Texas Potato Salad
- Orzo Asparagus Salad
- Lemon-Dijon Asparagus and Pea Macaroni Salad
- Deviled Egg Potato Salad by Foolproof Living
Carrot Raisin Salad with Pineapple and Creamy Honey Lemon Dressing Recipe
For the Salad:
- 2/3 C (70g) Walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 C (65g) Raisins Thompson, golden or currants
- 4 C (400g) Shreded Carrots *see note. About 8 medium carrots, reserve leaves for garnish if desired
- 1 1/2 C (135g) Pineapple if fresh, cut into small cubes. If canned, drain (reserve the juice for drinking!)
- 1 C (105g) Celery chopped small, reserve leaves if available
- a fist-full Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley leaves finely chopped
For the Dressing:
- 1/3 C (100g) Mayo I like Vegenaise
- 1 Tbs Raw Honey or maple syrup
- 1 Lemon zested and juiced
- 1/8 tsp Fine Sea Salt
For the Salad:
- Preheat oven to 350F and toast walnuts for 7-8 minutes or until fragrant and slightly golden. Set aside to cool. Rough chop.
- If the raisins are stiff and/or dry, place them into a small bowl and pour hot water over them. This will plump them up. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the shredded carrots, pineapple, celery, walnuts, raisins and parsley. If celery leaves were reserved, chop fine and add them to the bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. If you have time, rest in the fridge for at least one hour so the flavors can marry. Store in a lidded container for up to three days. Toss again before serving.
For the Dressing:
- In a small mixing bowl, add the mayo, honey, lemon juice and zest and salt. Whisk to incorporate the flavors.
Exactly what I wanted. I get home and don’t want to cook. I am sick of plain old salads. I loved this.
Hooray for a tasty, not plain salad! SO happy to hear, Leslie. Thank you for your note and star rating!
This looks yummy. With carrot salads I’ve made in the past, it gets watery if dressed too soon, or the day before. Could this have the potential to do that too? Do you suggest dressing it right before serving? Thank you.
Hi Donna! The flavors marry and improve with at least an hour of rest after dressing. I don’t recall having any watery issues with this salad. But definitely toss before serving if you store it longer.
I have made two different recipes for carrot-raisin salad recently. First one was a more traditional version which was good, but then I tried this one with the fresh pineapple, raisins, pecans, and the honey-lemon dressing, and wow! This is my go-to from now on. Thanks, Traci.
Hiii Judy! Thank you for sharing with us and giving the recipe a go! So excited about your go-to :D
For the carrot pineapple salad you noted we can make it one day ahead. I was curious – you dress it and then store it correct so that all the flavors can meld together or do you wait to add dressing along with herbs right before serving?
Hi Rebecca! Either will work. However, I tend to dress the salad, then if preparing it for the following day simply rest it in the fridge overnight, then sprinkle it with fresh herbs before serving. I hope this helps, and that you enjoy the salad!
This was delicious. My SO made it for Easter and I loved it. Very nice combination of flavors, and the lemon juice and pineapple added a nice acidity. I will ask for this one again. Thank you, Traci.
Hi Thomas! I usually hear back from the cook/maker, so it’s nice to read your note! Thank you for coming back and leaving a review.
Katherine | Love In My Oven
What a delightful spring salad!! It sounds so fresh and delicious, Traci. My Mom used to make a carrot salad with raisins and I always loved it!
Awh, I love hearing that, Katherine! I love this salad for Mother’s day, because of her inspiration, and for picnics! It’s a delight with anything BBQ!
Easy & fun recipe for a Summer night! I ended up doubling this recipe to make sure there was enough to go around. I also used pecans instead of walnuts which were just as tasty! To save some cutting time, I bought pineapple strips from Trader Joes which worked out well. I loved how easy this recipe was to throw together at home — I ended up incorporating the dressing once I reached my destination. The citrus-y & sweet flavors were the perfect combination with the creamy lemon dressing. Will definitely make this again!
Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for coming back and leaving a comment! SO happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe… !
That sun-drenched honey dipper shot has me all.a.flutter :) What a beautiful salad, I like all the crunchy aspects too, so satisfying. The idea of soaking the raisins is a good one – they can really get hard – last summer my son dried grapes from our backyard vines in the sunshine and if they weren’t the best darn raisins we’ve ever had; so yum in a salad! I rarely use mayo in dressing (raised on the classic french vinaigrette) but I think I’ll switch it up a little this summer. Fun to try new taste sensations. Thanks Traci.
Hiii Kelly! :D Yeah, those raisins do get tough, right? How fabulous are homemade raisins? That’s amazing Kelly! Do switch up the mayo, Kelly. I think you’ll love it!
Katherine | Love In My Oven
What a lovely backstory to this recipe, Traci! It was so nice meeting you at the EFC conference! I had to pop in and say hello :) Take care!
Hi Katherine… Thank you for stopping by! It was such a pleasure meeting you too!
Perfect for brunches in the open air while the heat is on ! Thank you Tracy !
You’re welcome my dear!
Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
Wow – I love this salad, Traci! No cooking, lots of fresh veggies and fruit – perfect as a summer side for a BBQ or picnic! I don’t use pineapple enough – what a great addition to this salad. And love the tip about soaking the raisins – definitely plumps them up. Also, love how colorful this salad is!
Pineapple, Geraldine! This time of year I always look for organic whole pineapple. In season and organic makes such a huge flavor difference. I’m SO with you on the color! Vibrant and crunchy too!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
I’m always looking for new, healthier salads for upcoming summer picnics Traci, and I think you’ve got me covered with this one! Love the ingredient list, especially the added pineapple. I bet this one is so refreshing!
I’m SO with you Mare! The pineapple gives this salad such a nice pop of sweetness… and it IS so refreshing!
Oh…this reminds me of a salad I used to make years ago I think from one of the Moosewood cookbooks but yours has the addition of pineapple and walnuts. I’ll have to put this in the rotation. Love the rainbow carrots!
Ahhhh, Moosewood! I love Mollie’s books. I just had to muck a carrot salad up.. you know, with even more goodness! Aren’t rainbow carrots so pretty? I hope you enjoy the recipe, Jean!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen
This looks like a great potluck recipe for the Summer! Thanks for sharing, Traci!
Agreed! Thank you Liz!
Sheenam | thetwincookingproject
Looks perfect for mothers day
Thank youuu Sheenam!