• 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange blossom water
  • 1/2 Cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Valencia or navel orange
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1/4 medium pineapple
  • 1 Cup California raisins


For dressing, combine vegetable oil, vinegar, cinnamon, sugar, orange water, orange juice and salt in large bowl; mix well. Peel and section orange being careful to remove all white pith; then cut sections into chunks. Peel carrots and grate. Peel, core and dice pineappple into small bite-size pieces. Combine with dressing in large bowl; add raisins and mix to coat well. Let stand in refrigerator for 45 minutes to an hour to chill well; serve cold.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 13%); Total Fat 2 ( Saturated Fat 0; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 0; Sodium 90; Potassium 333; Total Carbohydrate 28; Dietary Fiber 3; Sugars 25; Protein 1; Calcium 30; Iron 1;

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Raisins are great food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.