Sunday, April 14, 2019

Simple Carrot Raisin Salad (Copycat Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant)

This beautiful and vibrant dish is like an old friend.  I remember eating it when I was a kid!

This dish would be perfect to add to your Easter menu and would certainly add a lovely pop of color! 

While my hubby and I got to spend the winter in Florida (we live in NW Ohio!) this past season, 
we enjoyed a lot of delicious meals at restaurants.

One of my most favorites is Sweet Tomatoes 
(Or Souplantation in other locations). 

If you've never enjoyed the awesomeness of a Sweet Tomatoes
(Endless Soup and Salad Bar, including breads and desserts!)
you're definitely missing out! 

(This is not a sponsored post, I just LOVE the food at this place!) 
Scroll down for the recipe minus the chit chat =) 

I'm not very fond of green salads, unless they're 'loaded'.  Trust me, I get my fill at this lovely place. (I love loading on the chopped hard boiled eggs and raisins on my variety of greens!) 
And on how I LOVE this simple Carrot Raisin Salad!!! 

And their soups!  My hubby always gets the NE Clam Chowder (with bacon!) They have some very unusual soups to try, so you can just get a taste or go back for more!  I really love their Creamy Fresh Mushroom

Their bread bar mesmerizes many wonderful choices! 
They also have sweet potatoes with honey butter, and after your meal you get a choice of ice cream with an assortment of toppings. 

Some folks may complain of the price (over $10), but I learned if you sign up for emails, they send coupons out weekly.  And the last time we went, we were offered a "Senior Discount" coupon to top the one I had on my phone
All that good eating, including a drink, for only $8.50!!  This place rocks! 
Onto the simple 4-ingredient recipe!...

You definitely want the carrots to be 'roughly chopped'.  The texture would be so different if they were finely chopped.  
I added a few more raisins, just because I love the texture and contrast with the carrots. 
You could add drained pineapple chunks to sweeten it, but the simplicity of this dish makes it so special. 

1 c. Hellmann's mayonnaise
1 Tb. lemon juice
4 c. coarsely shredded carrots
1/2 cup raisins 
(I used 3/4 c.) 
In a medium bowl, combine mayo and lemon juice; set aside.  Add the carrots and raisins; toss to coat well.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.


  1. Awesome post.Thanks for sharing.This is so nice.

    1. Thanks so much. I'm tickled to know you liked it.