Shoestring salad: A CHEAP and easy salad recipe with carrots, tuna, and shoestring potatoes. Click through for recipe.

Let me introduce you to one of my all-time favorite salad recipes: Shoestring salad.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ingredients: Shoestring salad is a mix of shredded carrots, tuna, green olives, and mayo – topped with French fried potato sticks. It sounds simple – and it is. But something about this mix of ingredients is just SO delicious. I can’t stop eating it.
  • It’s cheap: This salad is extremely budget-friendly. The base is carrots and the rest of the ingredients are pantry staples. This is the perfect low-cost dish to bring to a summer picnic or potluck.
  • It’s healthy: If you’re trying to eat more vegetables or cut back on carbs, try this salad. You can certainly omit or cut back on the French fried potato sticks if you’re following a low carb or paleo diet.

Shoestring carrot salad: Made with carrots, tuna, and shoestring potatoes. CHEAP and easy!

Here are some more super cheap and easy salad recipes:

Shoestring Carrot Salad

Shoestring Carrot Salad

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Although you can used pre-shredded bagged carrots from the grocery store, I recommend shredding your own using a food processor or grater. The store-bought carrots are cut thicker, which works but isn't ideal for this salad.


  • 5 large carrots
  • 5-ounce can tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives
  • 5-ounce can French fried potato sticks
  • 1 green onion, chopped


  1. Using a grater or food processor with grater attachment, grate carrots. Mix in tuna and mayonnaise.
  2. Stir in most of the green olives and potato sticks. Use the rest to put on top of the salad. Top with green onions.