Fresh pineapple, coconut milk and a hint of allspice combine to bring a delightfully tropical twist to an old favorite!
Caribbean Carrot Salad (GF)
- 6-8 medium organic carrots (2 cups peeled and shredded)
- 2/3 cup organic raisins
- 2/3 cup fresh pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/4 cup real coconut milk (I use Native Forest brand canned organic unsweetened coconut milk because it's BPA-free.)
- 2 tbsp *extra light virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Pinch of ground allspice
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Caribbean Carrot Salad
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined.
- Coarsely grate carrots until you have about 2 cups.
- Add the grated carrot, raisins and diced pineapple to the dressing mixture and toss well to combine.
- Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
*If you do not care for the sometimes overpowering flavor of olive oil in when making light salad dressings, you may wish to substitute by using extra light olive oil instead.
Chelsea Wipf says
I made this salad last night for supper, and it was really good! The kids especially liked it with the addition of pineapple and raisins 🙂 I will be hanging onto this recipe for a super simple summer salad recipe!
Hooray! So glad you all enjoyed this. The pineapple really makes it extra yummy! 🙂 Thanks for taking time to leave a kind note! Blessings, Kelly
I notice there’s an asterisk in front of the olive oil… is there supposed to be a note for that or a special instruction that I’m missing?
That’s what you call an oopsie! LOL! I am so appreciative of friends like you who let me know when I’ve made a boo-boo. I updated the recipe to make note of the asterisk. What I wanted to point out is:
*If you do not care for the sometimes overpowering flavor of olive oil when making light salad dressings, you may wish to substitute by using extra light olive oil instead.
Thanks again for calling this to my attention! Please continue to look over my sight with your eagle-eyes and let me know if you find anything amiss! Blessings and gratitude, Kelly 🙂
I didn’t have coconut milk, so I used plain whole milk yogurt instead. I’m not normally a fan of this type of salad but I made it hoping that my kids would eat it. They didn’t really eat it, but I enjoyed it! Easy to make and WAY better than the mayo versions I’ve had in the past.
Bummer that your kiddos didn’t care for it, but you can’t win ’em all! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it though! Blessings, Kelly
I know this may be a silly question but coconut milk are you talking about the kind in the can or the kind in the carton? Love your recipes by the way!!
Not at all, Tonya. Many people ask this question. When recipes call for “coconut milk,” they are referring to real 100& coconut milk (which does come in a can). The carton varieties are usually called “coconut milk beverage” because they contains other ingredients rather than just 100% pure coconut milk. Never feel bad about asking a question! So glad you’re here with us! Blessings to you, Kelly
What brand do you prefer using. I am having a hard time finding one that doesn’t have extra stuff in it. 🙂 Thank you for such quick response. I have to say the fact that you answer the questions that appear in your comment section is one of the reasons I follow you well that and the yummy food 😉
Thanks, Tonya! I use Native Forest brand because the can is BPA-free. 🙂
I do wish that people would start mentioning canned coconut milk versus coconut milk in the carton in the recipes. With many people steering clear of dairy and especially cows milk, lots of us are switching to coconut milk as a viable alternative. I have noticed an increasing number of recipes calling for coconut milk in the carton, especially on food allergy recipe sites. While I am a veteran cook and know that what you say is true about coconut milk in a recipe implying canned coconut, lots of newer cooks might be confused. It seems like a simple addition to a recipe to clarify, just in case! Just my two cents. Thanks for listening. I enjoy your blog.
Hi, Tracy! You are so right! There is a huge difference between coconut milk beverages (the stuff in a carton) and pure coconut milk. I appreciate you pointing this out. I do make that clarification in some of my recipes like my super popular almond flour pancakes recipe – these can be made using coconut milk instead of buttermilk (http://thenourishinghome.com/2012/05/fluffy-little-almond-flour-pancakes/), but I haven’t done this in all of my recipes. After reading your note, and knowing how many real food newbies are coming to my site to learn about the whole food lifestyle, I think your idea to clarify this in each recipe using coconut milk is a great idea! So, if you check the recipe, you’ll notice the new change. I plan to update my other recipes calling for coconut milk as soon as time permits. Thank you for your kind and smart suggestion. Lots of blessings, Kelly 🙂
What a great twist on a carrot and raisin salad! Love it and love the dressing!
Thanks so much! Appreciate you taking the time to leave a kind comment! 🙂 Blessings, Kelly
Debbie @ Easy Natural Food says
Great twist on a carrot salad! Looks super tasty. Pinned it! Thanks for sharing with Summer Salad Sunday!
Thanks so much, Debbie! It’s always fun linking up! Appreciate you hosting and always taking time to say thank you! You’re such a blessing! 🙂 kel
Rats, I wish I read the comments first – I bought coconut milk in the carton :(. Now I know!
I think I was the only one who enjoyed this but that just meant more for me and less prep for my lunch the next day.
I am planning on making the mayo myself soon. I made your ranch dressing and it was a hit! It makes me so happy to see my family eating real food!
Hi, Paula. It’s not that big of a deal in this recipe, but in baking it would be, so be sure to grab a few cans of pure coconut milk next time you’re at the market. 🙂 And sorry it wasn’t a hit for everyone. It’s always a challenge when you have multiple people to please 🙂
I wanted to say that I love your site, and I love your recipes! It’s convenient that you have the button to print them out, but why do they have to have the giant picture at the top? It’s a huge waste of printer ink, and it makes all the recipes go to two pages. Is there a way to print without the picture?
Good point, Megan. I’m not sure if there’s an option to turn off the photo? I’ll have to check on this. It’s a plug-in I use from ziplist. But what you’re saying makes sense. If I can’t turn it off, maybe there is a way to reduce the size? I’ll check into it. Thank you for your kind words and bringing this to my attention. Blessings, Kelly 🙂
I’m making this tomorrow for a pirate themed Caribbean party. Can’t wait for the reactions, this seems like an awesome idea! I’m also making a coconut& bean soup. 🙂
What an awesome idea! I love that! Thanks for sharing! I did a post on family dinner night themes at Keeper of the Home awhile back. Let me know how your party turns out! 🙂