Have you ever eaten Chick-fil-A’s carrot salad? It is very sweet and delicious. At least that’s how I remembered it. You see, I tend to bring leftovers for lunch or frozen food for the office. I don’t like to buy lunch because that requires a lot of thinking and effort, in addition to being stingy (I can’t help it… It’s my Chinese heritage :D). Seriously, there are several steps in getting lunch in downtown. First step: Deciding what I would want to eat for lunch. There are lots of restaurant establishments on the street level and tunnel level in Houston’s downtown. I would have to sort through between Chinese, Mexican, Greek, Pizza, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, French, BBQ, Cajun, Sandwich shops, Vegetarian, etc. Step two: Check the weather forecast. Is street level walk-able? If it is raining, then I’m limited to the food vendors in the tunnel. Step three: Pick the actual establishment where I am going to get my lunch. Step four: Deciding if it is a walk-able distance or do I require a vehicle. (I guess I can eliminate this step if it was raining outside.) Step five: Calculating time. Do I have enough time to walk/drive, wait in line, and walk/drive back and eat my lunch? Step five: The actual action of heading toward the establishment. Step six: The actual process of buying my lunch. Step seven: Going back to the office. Step eight: Eat. And you think I’m crazy. That’s why I just bring my lunch and I am not bothered with all of this unnecessary decision making. After all, I’m saving this gray matter inside my head for more important things, like… which sheep and ram would I breed in Farmville. Har dee har har… Well, do you agree with me on the lunch part? And Hubby would say, “Only you would complicate things like having lunch….”
So anyway, back to Chick-fil-A’s Carrot & Raisin Salad. I truly apologize that you had to go through “the Downtown Lunch Conundrum”. But I cannot promise you that one day I would stick to the purpose of this blog and would not rambling on about some ducklings I saw at the park today. They are soooo cute and they grow way too fast!! Oh.. there you go again….
So, anyway again! I don’t remember now why I was making it, maybe because I had a bag of carrots staring at me day after day, day after day. I looked for carrot salad recipes, and of course there are a bunch of them out there. After looking around, I decided to settle with this recipe that claims it was generating carrot salad that tastes like Chick-fil-A’s.
Carrots, raisin, crushed pineapple, mayo, sugar, and lemon. Easy enough.
Since I didn’t have any crushed pineapple, I just used this sliced pineapple I had in my pantry. After all, I was going to use the food processor anyway.
After pushing two buttons, I got crushed pineapple!
Then, it was time to shred the carrots. Thank you so much whoever invented food processors. Otherwise, I might still be grating carrots today!
I think I used almost the whole bag of carrots to come up with 4 cups of shredded carrot.
I just put the sugar into the pineapple juice out of the can to dissolved them – although I didn’t use all of the juice since I didn’t want to end up with extremely wet carrot salad.
So after dumping the shredded carrots and crushed pineapple into a big mixing bowl, I dumped in the raisins too.
Mayo was next… This is where I felt somewhat guilty to put in the amount of what the recipe asked for. I tried to cut out the amount of mayo in another batch of carrot salad, and I won’t do that again!
Some of the pineapple juice…
Mixed them all up…
And that was it! Easy right? The salad was sweet and refreshing. I think it resembles Chick-fil-A’s Carrot and Raisin Salad. Even if it doesn’t, it is still good enough for me to share the recipe with you. Until next time!
Print recipe here.
Chick-Fil-A Carrot and Raisin Salad
Recipe from Razzle Dazzle Recipes
4 cups finely shredded carrots
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, with juice
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Chill all ingredients except sugar at least 30 minutes. Dissolve the sugar in the pineapple, then combine everything gently in a large bowl. May be refrigerated up to 72 hours. Serves 8.
NOTE: Fresh carrots are the secret, according to Chick-Fil-A.