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Carrot Cake Slaw with carrots, raisins, green apple, toasted pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, mayonnaise, and cream garnished with chive blossoms over a wooden backdrop with a purple, turquoise, and pink silk scarf under the oval, eggshell-colored serving bowl with a blue rim

Carrot Cake Slaw

Becca Gallick-Mitchell
This gorgeous, somewhat outside-the-box carrot cake slaw takes the most iconic flavors from carrot cake, and transforms them into a sweet yet savory, perfectly balanced salad that's fit for even the pickiest of eaters.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 6


  • 1 lb carrots, scrubed and grated
  • ½ cup raisins, chopped
  • 2 green apples, peeled, cored, and julienned
  • ¾ cup pecans (can substitute with walnuts)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup cream (can substitute with half and half or milk, but it won't be quite as creamy)
  • ½ cup mayonaise
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • chive blossoms (optional; can substitute with chopped chives)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the pecans on a DRY baking sheet, and "toast" or bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool while you put together the other ingredients.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the carrots, green apples, and raisins.
  • Once the nuts have cooled, ground the pecans in a food processor or mortar and pestle. Add to the mixing bowl, reserving a pinch or two for garnish.
  • Stir everything together until well combined.
  • Add the mayonnaise and cream, and stir well to combine. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, and taste to make sure that the seasoning is balanced- if not, adjust accordingly (if you added too much salt, add more of the mayonnaise, or a pinch of sugar)
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or plate. Grate an extra little dusting of nutmeg over the top of the slaw, and garnish with the remaining crushed nuts. Sprinkle chive blossoms or chives (optional) over the top, and serve.
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