Sunday, May 5, 2013

Amped Up Carrot Raisin Salad

-about 4 large carrots, very finely shredded
-1 6 oz container of Chobani Pineapple Greek Yogurt
-8 oz crushed pineapple (in pineapple juice)
-1 small can mandarin oranges (drained)
-1 C raisins (I suggest jumbo medley raisins from Trader Joe's, if you can't get really plump and juicy ones, consider using golden raisins which tend to be softer)
-1/2 C mini marshmallows
-4 TB sugar

You basically just want to mix everything up in a bowl the night before you want to eat or serve it.  This stuff needs time to meld together or else it will just taste...well...


Instead of sugar you can use honey if you prefer, just start with a little squirt and work up to where you want it.  You can also consider coconut and pecans in it as well.  This made a pretty good amount, it probably would make about the equivalent of 5 small orders of carrot raisin salad at Chick fil a.

I have posted my skinny version my beloved side item of Chick fil a before, but this is another fun version we just concocted that is a hybrid between carrot raisin salad and ambrosia. 

Absolutely, 100%, don't skip out on using the finest shredding side of your box grater, or a hand grater with a fine shred on it.  That is the key to the soft carrots that we all know and love.  Crunchy carrots are just wrong.

Instead of getting 10+ grams of fat per serving with a mayo base, you get hardly no fat in the entire dish.  Chobani Pineapple is not one of the fat free versions but it is extremely low fat.  Other flavors to consider would be blood orange, banana, and honey.  Regardless, the Chobani yogurt will bring in a good amount of protein, the carrots bring in lots of tasty vitamins, the raisins provide ample iron, and the marshmallows just make you think you are eating something bad for you.

No harm in pretending!

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