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Classic Carrot Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

Carrot salad is an old fashioned classic recipe that has been around for a long time.  I love this carrot salad because it is so versatile and you can add or leave out ingredients you don’t like.  This salad keeps well in the refrigerator for several days.  It never lasts long at my house because my family loves it.  Carrot salad is wonderful for any holiday or just anytime you want a great side dish for a meal.  This salad makes a pretty presentation and is good for pot lucks and gatherings.  You can double the recipe of make as much as you like.  Even if you don’t like carrots, you will be surprised at how good this recipe turns out.  Most people like it.

 Classic Carrot salad Ingredients Needed:

Shredded carrots


Pineapple chunks

White granulated sugar


Sour cream (could use milk)

Pecans or nuts of your choice, (Optional)

You may also like this Bacon Mandarin Orange salad or this classic Wilted Lettuce  salad.

Classic Carrot Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

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5 from 1 vote

Carrot Salad

This salad is a classic and great for any gathering. We love it for potlucks! It makes a wonderful side dish. 
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: carrot salad, classic carrot salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 10 ounce bag match stick carrots or about 4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 8 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream could use milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or nuts of your choice (Optional)


  • In a large bowl combine carrots, raisins and pineapple chunks.  Sprinkle on sugar.  Combine mayonnaise and sour cream.  Mix with carrots and fold in nuts.
  • ou could add apples, craisins instead of raisins or whatever you like in this salad.  You can use more or less mayo to suit your taste.  Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

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