Quick Carrot & Apple Salad Recipe
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There’s no cooking required with this Quick Carrot & Apple Salad; all raw ingredients! We developed this recipe last minute when we needed something quick for Sunday lunch at Mom’s house. Everyone really enjoyed it. It makes for a very good side dish.
I’ve found that organic carrots tend to be sweeter and take this entire salad up a notch. Costco sells big bags of organic carrots dirt cheap, minus the dirt. 😉 I can’t wait to try this with homegrown carrots. Actually, I can’t wait for homegrown something,… anything! I’ve had it up to ↑here with grey avocados and cardboard tomatoes!
P.S. If you have a food processor with a grater attachment, use it and your salad will be ready in under 10 minutes!
Ingredients for Carrot & Apple Salad:
4 medium carrots, coarsely grated
1 apple, diced
3/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup purple, yellow or sweet onion, finely diced
1/2 cup real mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp sea salt, or to taste
pinch of black pepper, freshly ground
How to Make Carrot & Apple Salad:
1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup mayo, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp sugar, pinch of salt and pepper and stir everything together.
2. Coarsely grate your carrots (this is super fast using the food processor) and transfer carrots to a large mixing bowl. Dice your apples ( used my Vidalia chop wizard) and finely dice your onion and add them to the bowl along with your craisins.
3. Add the salad dressing to taste when ready to serve and mix the salad together.
Enjoy! This salad is quick, easy and delicious. My family approved ;).
Carrot Apple Salad Recipe
For the Salad:
- 4 medium carrots, coarsely grated
- 1 apple, diced
- 3/4 cup craisins, dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup purple or sweet onion, finely diced
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise, real mayo or vegenaise
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp sea salt, or to taste
- pinch of black pepper, freshly ground
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup mayo, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp sugar, pinch of salt and pepper and stir everything together.
Coarsely grate your carrots (this is super fast using the food processor) and transfer carrots to a large mixing bowl. Dice your apples and finely dice your onion and add them to the bowl along with your craisins.
Add the salad dressing to taste when ready to serve and stir the salad together.
Enjoy! This salad is quick, easy and delicious. My family approved ;).
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I love your foods, I wish I was your neinghbour I would be coming for tutorial. A blessed year.
LOL, thank you for your compliment!
Thank you for this recipe! It’s similar one my mom used to make! Because I had different ingredients on hand, I made the following changes: 2 medium gala apples (cored but unpeeled, sliced into small triangle shapes), 1 super large carrot (grated), a bit more sugar (like 2 1/2 tsp.) and coarsely chopped cashews. Yum!!!
Love it! So good to know that you were able to make this recipe work using your ingredients on hand. Good job!
Yummy recipe. Will try soon.
I hope you love it! We look forward to your feedback!
Hi, why do you peel broccoli stems? If you have the means to grate carrots, you can grate broccoli stems.Or slice thinly. I
Grew up on a farm my Mom Cut Up the head after a salty soak rinsed cut off the florets then quartered the stem & sliced it. It was nice & tasty, & tender.Truth , I like the stalk more than the flower.
Just wondering, a crazy American!
Hi MaryAnn, I peel the stems if they are very fibrous (organic usually are) and I do chop the stems into the salad also.
Oh this was good. I picked apples from my apple trees and was looking for apple salad- and I have a bag of the Costco baby carrots on hand. Used a purple onion. Perfect! Did not have raisins and didn’t want to go to the store so omitted them. So tasty. So good. Next time I will try the dressing using yogurt, and for sure have raisins. Wonderful on a 90 degree day which today was.
Thank you so much for sharing all of the possible changes to the recipe, Pearl!
Still very yummy the next day; am going to try with pineapple next time as others mentioned.
That’s so great!
Omg wow this salad is a winner big time, will definitely be making this again. It was really very super delish with the red wine vinegar dressing, yummmm. Served it for fri night Shabbat dinner last night and today for Shabbat lunch. The apple(granny smith work out well) carrots craisins and red onion what a really cool combo sweet and tangy for the tastebuds. Definitely gotta try ur other salads gurl happy food days ahead
Tzivia, thank you for such a nice review on the recipe. Reading your comment is making me hungry for this salad 😁.
My pleasure Natasha anytime, omg yo gotta try out ur dessert recipes they look really way good and so super yummm. Glad I can be of help for food gurl happy eating lol woot woot
Natasha I made this salad today for Shabbat (the Sabbath). I cut up a granny smith apple (love apples and carrots), and used red onion instead of white. I made a red wine vinegar dressing w/o the mayo and before that squeezed juice of a half a lemon and added craisins. I poured the dressing over the salad, and hopefully it’ll be a big hit . Thanx having a variety darlin I luv salads too. They are very healthy and can be tasty 2 cheers
I love your healthy substitutions! Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂
Anytime natasha darlin, looks sooooo yummmm wanna eat it right now lmao, have a gr8 awesome super cool weekend. Stay warm safe and dry cheers
Made this salad for my Memorial Day party and it was a hit! Thank you for all the great recipes!
Ellen, thank you for the great review and you are welcome :).
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Where can I get the food processor you use? I always notice you use it and I honestly have very little knowledge about them. Seeing how well it works and how easy it is I want one now! I’m sure I can figure out how to use it! Lol
I use the one here by Cuisinart and can’t be more happy with it. You can buy them at Amazon, Costco, Macy’s, Bath Bed & Beyond. Hope this helps :).
deliciousness!!! cant wait to try it.. love my carrots from costco (minus the dirt–ha ha) oh and i am so with you.. cant wait for homegrown anything.. especially basil.. i buy the one from the stores and it withers away withing couple days..
That’s so true, my homegrown basil lasts forever, and there’s always new leaves springing up. Now you have me dreaming about basil :).
This looks exquisite; my father is a pretty picky eater, especially when it comes to salads. But I know his weaknesses… Carrots, and pineapple! So I’ll mince some pineapple to go along with this, and think that it’ll be something he and mom enjoy! If I don’t eat it all myself, that is.
I miss fresh fruits and veggies as well. The worst part of winter is the wait to start planting again! 🙂 Still, this recipe looks like it’ll do a wonderful job of making the spring come just a little quicker!
I think pineapple would be wonderful in this! Thanks for the tip 🙂
Thank you for the recipe – it went over great! 😀
The ingredients work well together in this salad! Amazing! Thank you.
Im so glad you liked it! And it’s so easy too 🙂
Thanks for the recipe 🙂 we can’t wait for homegrown veggies too! You mentioned avocados, do you have an avocado tree?!
I wish! They don’t grow in Idaho; too cold! I’m just ready for some in season ones that are US grown.
oh ok! I thought for a second you had an amazing green thumb (which you do) being able to grow avocados in Idaho 😉
Thank you for the nice recipe, Natasha. Have a Great Sunday”!
Thank you Liz! You have a blessed and happy Sunday too 🙂
I am curious which hooves would be healthier to use as gelation for holodets. The cow hooves or the pig hooves?
I ate holodet several times from the cow hooves as gelatin. I will try pig hooves one day. My friend said pig hooves are “fattier.” What is your opinion on the hooves? Thanks! Ronnie
I actually have only experimented with the pork. Have you seen the aspic recipe on my site? Search aspic 🙂
@ RD: My mom always buys chicken/rooster feet and uses that as a gelation for holodets and it always turns out pretty good. Just thought I would help.
I use sweetened Greek vanilla yogurt instead of mayo. It’s awesome~
I bet that would be delicious in this salad and healthier too! Thanks so much for sharing!