Carrot Apple Salad

A healthy, crunchy, and flavorful Carrot Apple Salad that makes a fabulous side for any time of the year.

Carrot Apple Salad– Crunchy carrots, pineapple, tart apples, and raisins make for a delicious salad for just about any occasion. This is an easy dish to throw together with only a few ingredients and little prep work plus it is super yummy!

If you are looking for a colorful, easy, and flavorful side dish, then this is definitely the salad for you!

Picture of carrot salad in a bowl.

Enjoy this carrot salad as a snack, dessert, or even to satisfy a mid-night craving. 

Why You’ll Love This Carrot Salad with Pineapple

I remember when I was younger seeing this carrot salad in the grocery store deli. I never did get enough nerve up to try it. Wow, was I missing out! This stuff is AWESOME!!!

Carrot-Apple Salad is not just for the summer season, it’s great year round.

A classic recipe that uses a handful of ingredients and most of them you probably have on hand.

One of the easiest and fastest fresh carrot salad to prepare.

Is fabulous when chilled for several hours or overnight.

Carrot Apple Salad in a bowl with a fork.
Carrot Apple Salad

Ingredients Needed for Carrot Salad with Apples

Ingredients needed for Carrot Salad with apples, raisins, and pineapple.

Carrots– Carrots are easy to find year round in your local grocery store. During the summer months, you might even find them at your local farmers market.

Crushed Pineapple– You can use canned pineapple or fresh.

Raisins– I use regular raisins for my salad, but golden raisins are also great.

Apple– Use your favorite crisp apple. I love to use a Granny Smith Apple.

Sugar– Just a little for a bit of sweetness.

Mayonnaise– This binds everything together and is so creamy.

How to Make Carrot Apple Salad with Raisins

For complete instructions, see the recipe card below.

Ingredients for making Carrot Salad.
  1. Grate the carrots by hand or use a food processor.
  2. In a medium bowl add grated carrots, diced apples, drained pineapple, and raisins.
  3. In another small bowl mix together sugar and mayonnaise. Pour over carrots, apples, pineapple, and raisins. Toss gently.
  4. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

A Make Ahead Apple Carrot Salad

This Carrot Salad can be made in advance and refrigerated until you are ready to eat. It is coated with creamy mayonnaise to hold everything together, and it gets better the longer it sits in the refrigerator. Carrot raisin salad is truly delicious.

You can buy the carrots already grated, but it is better if you grate the carrots yourself. Hand- grated carrots are more tender and not as crunchy as the pre-grated ones.

What to Serve with this Carrot Apple Salad Recipe

This salad goes great with anything grilled, oven-baked, fried, broiled, ham, and even turkey. In my opinion, I have not found anything this salad does not go with.
Try it with a pulled pork sandwich instead of coleslaw.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tenders go great with this salad.
Add this as a side dish to any summertime sandwich, grilled burger, or hot dogs.

This salad goes well with just about anything! Try it the next time you grill out or have a gathering. Your friends and family will love it.

Picture of carrot salad in a bowl with a green napkin.
Carrot Apple Salad

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Add a tablespoon of honey to your salad to sweeten it up a bit.
  • I don’t–but you can certainly add low-fat mayonnaise to this salad.
  • If you don’t have time to grate your own carrots, you can buy the pre-grated carrots or matchstick carrots at the grocery store to use in this recipe.
  • Slice apples thin instead of dicing them for the salad. I love green apples. They add a tartness and a nice crunch to this recipe.
  • If you don’t like raisins, add dried cranberries or leave them out. You decide.
  • Add some pecans or walnuts.

This is a great recipe to serve for people who don’t like coleslaw. This slaw is crunchy and sweet and is perfect for those summertime grill-outs.
The next time you are looking for a unique and delicious salad, try this Carrot Apple Salad. I’m sure your guest will be pleased.

Try this Grape Salad. It is also a cool and refreshing salad as well.

Are you a coleslaw fan? Check out this link for a delicious coleslaw recipe for your next cookout.

For More Side Dishes, try these Southern Recipes

Crispy Fried Okra

Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

For More Delicious Salad Recipes, try:

Bacon and Broccoli Salad

Creamy Potato Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Carrot Apple Salad in a bowl.

Carrot Apple Salad

Gina Abernathy
Crunchy carrots, sweet apples, pineapple, and raisins make this “easy” salad perfect for any day of the week.
5 from 26 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 4 cups carrots grated
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 apple your choice, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise


  • In a medium bowl add carrots, apple, pineapple, and raisins.
  • Mix together mayonnaise and sugar. Pour over carrots, apple, pineapple, and raisins. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Refrigerate for several hours. Enjoy!
Keyword carrot apple salad


  1. I love salads and I’ve never tried an apple and carrot salad. Sounds delicious! I’m going to make it for the bbq we’re hosting this weekend! đŸ™‚

  2. I know the name would probably be too long if you included the pineapple, but I was semi-interested at the carrot apple salad because I’ve tried some of those before. But happily I click on it, and found that my fave pineapple was also a star of the show – so I’ll be trying this soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This carrot apple salad has the perfect summer flavor and is easy to make! I made it for a BBQ using vegan mayo instead of regular mayo (tastes the same!) and I had a bunch of requests for the recipe đŸ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    Wow!! I was searching for a non-starchy side for Thanksgiving this year and this seems absolutely PERFECT!! Thank you so much for posting this lovely side dish! I can see that I will using this all year round. Super healthy and bright and low carb! Love it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for a family gathering and everyone loved it. The crunch of the apple adds the perfect amount of texture and flavor.

  6. 5 stars
    I was honestly a little skeptical about this flavor combination, but it reminded me so much of a savory-sweet carrot cake which I LOVED!!! This recipe is a keeper.

  7. 5 stars
    I had a ton of extra carrots and this was a great sweeter side dish for dinner! So easy, and I am making another batch for lunch meal prep!

  8. 5 stars
    This was such a delicious and refreshing salad to pair with my lunch today! It was crispy and sweet and satisfying!

  9. 5 stars
    This salad is so fresh and delicious. It is almost like eating a sweet treat. Loved the tartness from pineapple here.

  10. I love that it has a combination of sweet and tart flavors from the apples and pineapple, and the raisins add a nice chewy texture. It’s also great that it’s an easy dish to make with minimal prep work. I can’t wait to try it for my next meal or potluck event. Thanks for sharing!

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