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Carrot Raisin Salad

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Copycat recipe of Chick-Fil-A's famous salad.

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Ingredients

  • Optional add-in at serving:
  • 1 lb. whole carrots*, grated or finely shredded (4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed dark raisins
  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I use Blue Plate brand)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Details

Preparation

Step 1

Chill everything except the sugar for at least an hour before making the salad.

Drain the pineapple in a colander; press down on it, squeezing all the juice out. (It needs to be very dry or the salad will be runny. After draining, I poured it out on several layers of paper towels and gave it a squeeze.) Place pineapple in a bowl; stir in the sugar and lemon juice. Stir in about 1/2 cup mayo (can add more later). Refrigerate until needed.

Grate/shred the carrots into a large bowl; stir in the raisins. (I hand shredded the carrots first on the large side of a box grater then pulsed them a couple of times in the food processor for a finer texture.) Stir in the pineapple dressing, blending well, adding more mayo if needed. Chill until serving time.

At serving time, stir in the pecans, if using, and a bit more mayo if needed for desired consistency.

*NOTE:
To extend the recipe, I have used 2 lbs. carrots with just the 1 can of pineapple with great results, just increase the lemon juice and mayo to taste.

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