Carrot Raisin Salad with Pine Nuts

This gorgeously vibrant Carrot Raisin Salad is full of flavor and simple to prepare. It’s a great make-ahead dish too, as it only gets better as it sits.

Fresh Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts!

I absolutely adore picnics.

I love the marriage of eating a meal with spending time outside, and I think there is something so restorative about it for the body and soul.

Does it sound a bit romantic? Maybe. But if you ask me, picnicking is totally underrated as an activity. It’s free (!!) but still manages to feel so special.

Lately I’ve been making a personal effort to come up with more fresh salad and vegetable ideas, and this Fresh Carrot Raisin Salad is one of my new favorite dishes. It’s perfect picnic food, as it keeps really well, but is also really refreshing to eat in warm weather.

Easy Shredded Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts

You can also serve it at a party in a big decorative bowl, or in little party glasses.

The salad is worthy of entertaining, and so beautiful, vibrant, fresh and flavorful. I recently had my little brother and a few friends over, and everyone devoured it.

This gorgeously vibrant Fresh Carrot Raisin Salad is full of flavor but light on calories!

It’s the perfect spring dish to make for yourself or for people you love.

To make the dressing, combine extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, ground cinnamon, paprika, ground cumin, salt, and pepper:

Spiced Carrot Raisin Salad with Pine Nuts

Whisk until smooth:

Easy Spiced Carrot Raisin Salad with Pine Nuts and Parsley

Next, shred a pound of carrots. I like to do this in the food processor with the shredding disk:

Make-ahead Shredded Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Add the carrots to the dressing, along with raisins, toasted pine nuts, and fresh parsley:

Spiced Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pignolis

Ordinarily I use flat Italian parsley for all my cooking, but I like to use curly parsley for this carrot salad because I love how they look like carrot tops!

Toss all the ingredients together:

Easy Make-ahead Fresh Carrot Raisin Salad

That’s all the work you have to do!

Like most non-lettuce salads, the carrot salad is best when it has been allowed to sit for at least an hour, so the flavors can meld together.

Fresh Carrot Raisin Salad is a gorgeously vibrant dish to serve that's full of flavor, but light on calories.

This is a great fresh side dish to enjoy with chicken and couscous, or on its own.

For more picnic recipe ideas, see my post 24 Picnic & Potluck Salad Recipes that Hold Up Well.

Enjoy!

Carrot Raisin Salad with Pinenuts

This gorgeously vibrant Carrot Raisin Salad is full of flavor and simple to prepare. It’s a great make-ahead dish too, as it only gets better as it sits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil*
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped curly parsley (1/2 a bunch)

Directions:

  1. Wash and peel the carrots, then shred them using the shredding disk of a food processor. You could also use a grater but that might take a while.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, honey, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the shredded carrots, pine nuts, raisins, and parsley. Toss well to coat.
  4. If possible, let the dish rest for an hour before serving, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator, so the flavors can meld. Enjoy!
  5. The carrot salad will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes:

*Use a fruity and sweet olive oil. Don’t use a bitter or robust one like an Arbequina.

 

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