This easy 5 Minute Rainbow Carrot Pecan Salad is a breeze to prepare and is the perfect addition to any meal! Perfectly sweet and refreshing, this salad is one you’ll enjoy all summer long!
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There’s nothing better than a fresh salad during the summer, am I right? On hot summer days, a cool, refreshing salad is what I crave the most. They seem to go with everything whether you’re having burgers and hot dogs for dinner or t-bone steaks. This salad is truly something special and is a sweet addition to any meal. It’s made with carrots, crushed pineapple, Greek yogurt, raisins and pecans.
I was at the store this past week and saw these gorgeous bunches of organic carrots and I couldn’t resist picking them up. We have carrots growing in our garden right now but they are just babies.
The purple and yellow carrots are just too pretty for words! I was inspired to make this carrot salad, a recipe we have been enjoying for years, in a more “rainbow” fashion. Using multiple color of carrots, as well as golden and regular raisins, makes this salad something special. But please don’t hesitate to make the salad with regular orange carrots and raisins- it’s still a show stopper.
If you cringed at the thought of pineapple and carrots together – you’re gonna wanna rethink your stance on that. I think I’ve proven that carrots and pineapple go very well together, right? If you haven’t tried my Nana’s To Die For Carrot Cake, that really needs to happen ASAP. This salad has a lot of the same elements as the carrot cake but is so good for you!
I didn’t add any additional sugar to the salad because my carrots were plenty sweet and those, along with the crushed pineapple, made this salad perfectly refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. If you taste your salad after assembling it and it needs a little more sweetness, add sugar a teaspoon at a time.
Any nuts will work here but I love using toasted pecans. They add a beautiful crunch and nutty flavor to the salad.
I love how insanely easy this salad is to throw together and it’s ready to go right then. If you don’t need it right away, refrigerate up until you do and it will be chilled and perfect – ready to cool you off!
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5 Minute Rainbow Carrot Pecan Salad
- 1 cup crushed pineapple do not drain
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup raisins I use half golden, half regular
- 4 cups grated carrots
- 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
- Combine crushed pineapple, Greek yogurt and salt in a medium bowl. Stir until completely combined.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and stir again.
- Refrigerate until needed.
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You’ve definitely got grated beetroot in that salad, according to the photos, but yet the only grated item shown in the written recipe are the carrots. Can you please clarify this? Thanks,
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Nope, no beets. Those are carrots.
What can I use instead of pineapple?
I was very disappointed with this salad. My guest did not like it. The Greek yoghurt it contains makes it sour. Unfortunately, I throw it in the trash.
I certainly will not do this recipe again.
I totally have a Rainbow Carrot Salad I’ve been meaning to post….I kinda forgot about it! Yours looks awesome, Trish!!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
It’s been way too long since I had a carrot salad! This looks fantastic! Love the addition of pecans! Pinned!
Wow I love the vibrant colors of the salad. looks really delicious!
Shawn @ I Wash You Dry says
Oh my is this pretty! And healthy! I’ll have to give this a gander for my lunches, I’m trying out a whole bunch of salads!
Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily says
I love this! I can’t decide if I would eat it as a side dish or the main meal!
Debra @ Bowl Me Over says
How pretty is this salad? And it looks absolutely delicious – great recipe!
What a beautiful summer salad! I love that you used the rainbow carrots–those are my favorite. I make a shredded carrot salad with raisins and walnuts but I have to give your version a try!
I love carrot salad, and the pineapple is so great in them! The pecans sound like the perfect addition for a nice crunch!
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says
What a great, simple salad. The use of pecans reminds me I am suppose to whip up a batch of spiced pecans for my sister 🙂 They are definitely a favourite around here.
I’ve only started seeing purple carrots recently. SO pretty! And this salad is gorgeous. The colors are super vibrant!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Love all the flavors in this and would go to TOWN on it! Pinned!