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Marinated Carrot Salad (Copper Pennies)

This easy, old-fashioned salad recipe, Marinated Carrot Salad is also known as Copper Pennies. This dish features carrots, onions and green pepper marinated in a sweet and sour tomato based marinade.

This classic make-ahead salad can be served as either a side dish or a salad and is perfect for any occasion. This salad is a Christmas dinner tradition of ours, made with love every year by my mother-in-law.

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Why I love this recipe

If you are looking for a great way to use up some carrots, a classic carrot salad is a great place to start. Plus, this salad is soooooo simple to make! Together, the carrots and onions are slightly sweet and slightly savory to create a unique flavor that pairs well with hearty dishes!

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RELATED: Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

To make Marinated Carrot Salad you’ll need

  • Tomato soup 
  • Sugar
  • Distilled white vinegar 
  • Olive oil 
  • Prepared mustard 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Carrots, peeled and sliced
  • Sliced celery 
  • Sliced green onions 
  • Green bell pepper, seeded and sliced

For the full list of ingredients, and the printable recipe, be sure to check out the recipe card below.

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How to make Copper Pennies salad

The best part about this salad is that it’s affordable, healthy, and really easy to make!

Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk the soup, sugar, vinegar, oil, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce until well blended.

Step 2: Stir in the vegetables.

Step 3: Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours prior to serving. Best if refrigerated overnight.

Step 4: Toss well before serving.

Make this Marinated Carrot Salad, then check out my Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad, Pomegranate and Apple Green Christmas Salad, and Classic Waldorf Salad and more of my easy Christmas Salad Recipes.  

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Tips

  • If more tender carrots are desired, blanch the carrots before preparing the salad by bringing a large pot of water to boil. Add the carrots and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain well before proceeding with the recipe.

Can this salad be made ahead?

Yes! The beauty of this salad for Christmas is that it can be made even a few days ahead, and it’s served cold. On Christmas day all you have to do is pull it out of the fridge and add it to the holiday table!

How to store this salad

This Copper Pennies Salad will keep covered in your refrigerator for up to five days. 

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Other classic salad recipes to try

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Marinated Carrot Salad Recipe

Marinated Carrot Salad Recipe

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This easy, old-fashioned salad recipe, Marinated Carrot Salad is also known as Copper Pennies. This dish features carrots, onions and green pepper marinated in a sweet and sour tomato based marinade.

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced

For the Marinade

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can tomato soup
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the soup, sugar, vinegar, oil, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce until well blended.
  2. Stir in the vegetables.
  3. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours prior to serving. Best if refrigerated overnight.
  4. Toss well before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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