Serve Up a Quick Weeknight Side Dish: Carrot Raisin Salad with Lemon Aioli

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Time to get out that julienne peeler! You can whip up a batch of our fresh carrot raisin salad with lemon aioli in just minutes: https://foodal.com/recipes/salads/carrot-raisin-lemon-aioli/

Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, fresh springtime recipes are on our minds.

I wanted to make a salad that is filling, tasty, and refreshing, with vibrant colors to fit the season.

This super simple carrot raisin salad with lemon aioli is perfect for the warmer days of spring! It’s fresh, refreshing, and slightly sweet, with a deliciously easy lemon aioli that makes for a nice contrast, plus a parsley garnish for a pop of green. Get the recipe from Foodal today!

I love using carrots in salads because of their bright orange hue. But shredding them is one of my pet peeves, since this usually requires a lot of muscle and time.

Whip up a fresh and flavorful side dish in just a few minutes with our recipe for Carrot Raisin Salad with Lemon Aioli: https://foodal.com/recipes/salads/carrot-raisin-lemon-aioli/

Enter the julienne peeler. It is incredibly handy and does an amazingly quick job of making thin, noodle-like slices out of most vegetables.

Today’s salad is really as simple to make as it sounds.

Homemade carrot and raisin salad, with fresh parsley and lemon garlic aioli. | Foodal.com

We’re going to use carrots with a combination of sweet and chewy black and golden raisins for the base.

And for the dressing, nothing beats the creamy tang of a simple lemon aioli that can be whisked together in just minutes.

Make your own delicious salad at home with julienned carrots, brown and golden raisins, fresh lemon aioli, salt, and flatleaf parsley. | Foodal.com

You don’t need a blender for this, just a normal whisk will do. We’ll also use fresh garlic to flavor the aioli, strained after whisking to retain its silky-smooth texture.

After combining the fruit and veggies with the aioli, you’ll top it off with some fresh parsley for a final pop of color and flavor.

Perfect alongside a pork tenderloin, Easter ham, or a quick sandwich, this simple salad is sure to become a feature of your springtime menu.

Let’s head straight to the recipe and start some salad right now!

The Recipe

Check out this delicious carrot raisin salad with fresh lemon aioli, and make your own at home. | Foodal.com
Carrot Raisin Salad with Lemon Aioli Dressing
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Seeking a fresh recipe for spring? Try our julienned carrot salad with raisins, topped with an easy homemade lemon aioli that can be made in just minutes.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Check out this delicious carrot raisin salad with fresh lemon aioli, and make your own at home. | Foodal.com
Carrot Raisin Salad with Lemon Aioli Dressing
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Seeking a fresh recipe for spring? Try our julienned carrot salad with raisins, topped with an easy homemade lemon aioli that can be made in just minutes.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup black raisins
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil (like sunflower, grapeseed, or canola)
  • fresh parsley chopped
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Instructions
  1. Peel the carrots and then julienne them into long, thin noodles using a julienne peeler. Use a knife to cut the noodles into 3-inch-long pieces.
  2. Peel the garlic and pound in a mortar and pestle until smashed, but not quite so much that you have formed a paste.
  3. Place the garlic, egg yolks, fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Whisk well while drizzling in the oil for about 30 seconds until you get a pale yellow aioli. Strain through a mesh sieve.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients. Pour the dressing over the carrots and raisins, and mix well.
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Nutritional Info*

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Raisin Salad with Lemon Aioli Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 500 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 458mg 19%
Potassium 912mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 57g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 258%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 9%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 –Prepare Your Mise en Place

First, get your ingredients ready.

All of the ingredients you'll need to make a quick weeknight Carrot Raisin Salad with Lemon Aioli Dressing at home. | Foodal.com

Wash all of your produce well. Peel the carrots using your favorite vegetable peeler, and then use a julienne peeler to cut them into thin noodles.

Shred carrots into noodles with a julienne peeler to make this fresh springtime salad. | Foodal.com

Next, use a knife to cut the noodles into 3-inch-long pieces. Set aside.

Remove the stems from a handful of parsley, chop for garnish, and set aside.

Fresh lemon juice is the first ingredient in this tasty homemade aioli dressing, perfect for topping a springtime carrot raisin salad. | Foodal.com

Measure out the amount of raisins, garlic, egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and oil called for in the recipe.

Step 2 – Pound the Garlic

Peel the garlic cloves and pound them in a mortar and pestle until they are smashed into small pieces. A garlic press could also be used, but your goal here is to smash it well so the flavorful juices will be released.

Smash fresh garlic in a mortar and pestle to make homemade Lemon Aioli Dressing. | Foodal.com

Since you’re going to use the garlic to flavor your dressing and then strain out the pieces, this precious liquid is important to the flavor of your dish!

Step 3 – Make the Dressing

Place the smashed garlic, egg yolks, fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl, and whisk together until combined.

Whip up a batch of homemade lemon aioli with egg yolks, lemon juice, smashed garlic, and oil. | Foodal.com

While whisking, drizzle in the oil and continue to mix well for at least 30 seconds until you get a pale and frothy mixture. I used sunflower oil, but you can use any type of neutral-flavored oil such as canola or grapeseed.

Combine fresh lemon juice, smashed garlic, salt, pepper, egg yolks and oil to make a homemade lemon aioli dressing. | Foodal.com

Strain the aioli using a fine mesh sieve, to remove the garlic pieces.

Step 4 – Combine and Mix

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the salad.

Pour the dressing on top, and toss so all of the ingredients are well distributed.

Toss julienned carrots and raisins with homemade lemon aioli to make this quick weeknight side dish. | Foodal.com

To add a final finishing touch, sprinkle chopped parsley on top before serving. The parsley will give a nice contrast in color and taste, complemented well by the brightness of the lemon.

Springtime Salad is Served

Though this dish is perfect when those first shoots are springing from the earth and the trees are bursting with buds, part of its beauty is that all of the ingredients are available at any time of year.

Dig into a bowl of julienned carrot salad with raisins, garlic lemon aioli, and fresh parsley with our recipe. | Foodal.com

So make a batch now, and keep it in mind for later – this is a great dish to have in your home recipe box whenever you’re craving the taste of spring.

For another colorful salad idea, try our recipe for a classic Greek salad. It’s full of fresh veggies, and a bright, herby dressing!

Serve up something fresh, flavorful, and quick alongside your protein entree - try our recipe for Carrot Raisin Salad with Homemade Lemon Aioli : https://foodal.com/recipes/salads/carrot-raisin-lemon-aioli/

How do you like to enjoy a fresh carrot salad? Let us know in the comments below!

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

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