Disclosure: This recipe for Carrot Raisin Salad with Apples has been sponsored by Popeye’s Canada. They have opened 2 new Calgary locations to bring a bit more of the South to Calgary.
Thinking back to the food of my childhood, so much of it focused on simple flavours and easily purchased foods. My Granny had a pantry and refrigerator full of ingredients that she could combine in different ways to make a multitude of dishes. You rarely found her buying a specialty ingredient for a single recipe. It didn’t make sense in her frugal house, and sometimes I think it would make sense if more of us did that today.
One side dish that we had every single week was Carrot Raisin Salad with Apples. She had one of those big, metal rotary shredders that suction cupped to the table. My job was to peel the carrots and then run them through the shredder. I learned early on to keep your fingers OUT of that shredder. After the shredding was done, all you had to do was chop an apple, throw in some raisins and stir together the dressing. Easy peasy and it could be made ahead.
Today, I cheated a bit. Instead of shredding my own carrots, I bought a bag of matchstick carrots from the produce department. Hey…I am all for simple ingredients but I also love shortcuts that save me time and make dinner convenient. Kind of like popping by Popeye’s instead of making fried chicken at home. It is delicious. It tastes like home but I don’t have to clean up after. PERFECT.
In fact, I think Popeye’s has become my husband’s stand in for me while we have been traveling. He is having a love affair with Popeye’s chicken tenders. He always picks the spicy tenders and they would go perfect with this Carrot Raisin Salad with Apples. The creamy dressing with a hint of tang goes perfect with spicy fried chicken (or shrimp). Now I am craving fried chicken. Oh well…there is a Popeye’s right down the street!
Carrot Raisin Salad with Apples is a Southern side dish favourite.
- 5 cups grated carrots grated or a bag of prepared carrot matchsticks
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 apple cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup mayonaise
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
Combine grated carrots, raisins and apples in a medium sized bowl.
In a small bowl, combine mayonaise, lemon juice and sugar. Stir and allow to sit for a moment so the sugar dissolves.
Toss carrots, raisins and apples with dressing. Refrigerate until needed. Stir before serving.
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