This aptly-named salad is more delicious than the sum of its parts. The sweet carrots, salty olives, and crunchy shoestring potatoes combine with tuna and a creamy dressing to make a perfect lunchtime or potluck salad.
Let me introduce you to one of my all-time favorite salad recipes: Shoestring salad.
It’s not named shoestring because it’s cheap. It’s named shoestring because it calls for shoestring potatoes. But either way – the cost and the ingredients – make this a perfectly named salad for those of us on a shoestring budget!
About The Recipe: Shoestring Salad
Here’s what you need to know:
- 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.
We’ve always called it shoestring salad, but you may know it as shredded carrot and tuna salad – or carrot tuna salad.
No matter what you call it, it’s an underrated salad that deserves a major comeback!
Ingredients For Shoestring Salad
Shoestring salad is a mix of the following:
- Shredded carrots
- Canned tuna
- Green olives
- French fried potato sticks, on top
It sounds simple – and it is. But something about this mix of ingredients is just SO delicious. I can’t stop eating it.
More Cheap And Easy Salad Recipes
- Roasted carrot and Feta cheese salad
- Lemony chickpea salad
- Mexican street corn salad
- Kitchen sink pea salad
- Broccoli-salami-sweet onion 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
- Using a grater or food processor with grater attachment, grate carrots. Mix in tuna and mayonnaise.
- Stir in most of the green olives and potato sticks. Use the rest to put on top of the salad. Top with green onions.