It’s just not a picnic without a side of classic American slaw, a perfect addition to a 4th of July celebration. But that classic often comes packed with fatty fillers like mayo and bleu cheese— not so great for the calorie-counters out there. Since every great sandwich (or pita) deserves a side, here’s our lighter take on a historical favorite.

Carrot Raisin Salad (20 calories per serving)

Makes 8 servings


3 cups shredded carrots

1 cup raisins (or dried cranberry)

3 T Balsamic Vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Combine carrots and raisins in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle vinegar into the bowl
  3. Mix together until evenly coated.
  4. Feel like getting creative? Throw in some toasted almonds, pecans, or walnuts for an extra crunch.

(pictured here atop a bed of arugula)