Marinated Carrots


Marinated Carrots are the perfect holiday dinner time-saver because you can make these a day or two ahead.


Marinated Carrots is a recipe that both my mom and my mother in law has been making for years! Not being a very popular recipe, I was super surprised to find that my husband’s family included Marinated Carrots in all of their festive meals as well! Match made in heaven? I think so!  


marinated carrots recipe


I’ve had a few friends turn up their noses when they heard this dish is served cold, don’t be fooled! It’s actually the perfect balance to a hot and heavy meal like a turkey dinner.

But that’s not even the beauty of it! The best part is that this veggie dish is made ahead of time, even a couple days if you like and then you know that you have one part of the meal done and out of the way for all the heavy lifting that goes on during the holiday meal prep! 


marinated carrots recipe


Marinated Carrots

Marinated Carrots

marinated carrots recipe

A perfect companion to a holiday feast! This dish can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, so go ahead and make it a couple of days ahead.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 - 3 lbs raw carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 large onion cut into strips
  • 1 green pepper cut into chunks
  • 10 oz can of tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup


Place the carrots in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until nearly done. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.

Add onion and green pepper strips to the same bowl.

While carrots are cooking, mix tomato soup, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, mustard and ketchup together in a medium sized bowl.

Pour mixture over top of vegetables and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 499mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 8gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

marinated carrots


We serve our marinated carrots recipe when we have turkey dinners during the holidays like Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition and part of the holiday meal, but this because this recipe is served cold and feeds a crowd, it’s also a great option for bringing along to summer potlucks, picnics and barbecues as well. Knowing that you can prepare this dish the day before, leaves the day of the event wide open for getting the family ready to go and on the road to your destination. 


carrot recipe



Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating and leave a comment below!

For another favourite carrot recipe, try these Balsamic Honey Glazed Oven Roasted Carrots or if you are looking for another holiday side dish idea, try these Gluten-Free Cauliflower Ranch Potatoes

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marinated carrots recipe


  1. I have never made them this way. I may have to try this. Thanks!

  2. These look delicious! I love carrots – and make-ahead recipes! I’ve pinned this to try sometime soon. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. I must admit, the idea of eating them cold does seem odd to me. I do like the recipe but think I’d eat it warm.

  4. This looks yummy Jennifer and I personally love to much on cold carrots, raw or cooked 🙂


  5. nicolthepickle says

    This looks good. I pinned it. Think I’m going to try it soon. I have 40 lbs of carrots to use up. 🙂

  6. These are SO GOOD!! I haven’t made them in years, I’ll have to put them on the ‘to make’ list.

  7. I’m not a big fan of carrots but maybe in a sauce like this I would like them more!

  8. I love carrots… this looks like an interesting recipe! I might leave out the sugar in my recipe; I find carrots sweet enough on their own. Thanks for sharing!

  9. My mom used to make these carrots and I loved them!! She got a lot of compliments on this at dish-to-passes. I am not sure but it may have come from Tupperware, (she sold it for 25+ yrs.) I remember a picture of the marinated carrots in a green Tupperware bowl, maybe in the catalog. I don’t know but I am having good memories anyway! Try it cold! You will love it!

  10. I’m going to have to try this. Love carrots any way!

  11. Im going to have to make these! We love carrots here!

  12. Looks like a nice, different way to do carrots.

  13. kathy downey says

    The only difference between yours and mine is the mustard,interesting will add it next time !

  14. Linda Bragg says

    Both my husband and I like carrots and this is one recipe that is different than most. I am very curious how these would taste so I am going to make but cut the recipe down to smaller amount… just in case he or I do not fancy….but I do have to give it a try as it does sound good to me. 🙂

  15. Joyce Drudge says

    I made this and added a can of pineapple pieces to it ! Wow sooooo yummy !!!!

  16. says

    We make this along with our other salads.. delicious..I made a huge punch bowl full for a bowl was empty when I left.. everybody loved it!!

  17. Haven’t made these since the 70s, very popular dish to bring to a BBQ. Found this recipe and made it …. turned out just like I remembered. Love it.

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