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Carrot, Raisin and Toasted Pecan Salad

Carrot, Raisin and Toasted Pecan Salad 6.000

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Mindful Makeover Mar 20, 2013

I never was a fan of carrot-raisin salads. Why mix those ingredients with a mayonnaise-based dressing? This redo rethinks that approach. Out with the creamy dressing and in with a fresh, citrusy version. A generous portion of golden raisins boosts the sweetness naturally.

If possible, use a box grater for the carrots. The food processor won't grate as evenly.

Servings: 6 - 8

Yield: Makes 5 1/2 to 6 cups

  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, grated
  • 1 cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped (2 ounces; see NOTE)


Whisk together the orange zest, juice and honey in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle in the oil while whisking to form an emulsified vinaigrette.

Add the carrots, raisins and pecans, and toss to incorporate. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. Let the salad sit for 15 minutes, then stir before serving.

NOTE: Toast the pecans in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat for several minutes, until the nuts are fragrant and lightly browned. Cool completely before using.

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From Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

Tested by Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 180

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 12g 18%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 75mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 20g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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