I wonder how much sales of carrots go up during the Easter season. I heard a little boy ask his mom at the store yesterday to buy “special” carrots to leave for the Easter bunny. My curiosity made me turn to see what he considered “special” carrots. He was talking about the “real” carrots, the ones with the nice delicious carrot tops on. Carrot tops do make carrots “special.” I couldn’t help but smile thinking just how much he must love the Easter bunny for no ordinary carrots were suitable. Did you perhaps buy too many carrots for the Easter bunny to eat? If so, Fred the Easter Donkey says, he loves “special” carrots, too.

Fred the Easter Donkey

But if you can’t make it to feed Fred, then here is a quick and easy no cook relish to serve with your Easter ham, pork tenderloin, or lamb. Know what is also quick-this post! Know we all have Easter errands to do.

Remember the great infomercial tagline, “Set it and forget it’, for the Showtime Rotisserie? Well, this recipe is “make it and forget it,” at least for a day or two. This no cook relish is a great no food waste recipe, too, for it uses a whole lemon. But don’t let that scare you away, the relish is not too tart. It makes a nice layer for a leftover ham sandwich on toast, too!

Zesty No Cook Carrot Relish
Zesty No Cook Carrot Relish

Zesty No Cook Carrot Relish
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Yield: 1 cup

Zesty No Cook Carrot Relish


  • 1-2 carrots, depending on size, need 1 cup grated
  • 1 small lemon, seeded
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. Grate carrots and lemon, rind and all, in a food processor.
  2. Add to glass bowl. Mix in sugar.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least one day before serving.

Put on Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap: Don’t have a lemon on hand, only an orange? Use it instead. Want to make a sweet relish for a nice addition to a meat and cheese tray? Use brown sugar instead and add currants or nuts or dried cranberries forย Lemon Cranberry Relish. Diced onion and peppers can also be added before refrigerating. Want it even zestier? Add crushed pineapple.

FOOD FUN: Remember the childhood song of “I’m a Little Teapot?” Sing this song, I’m a Little Bunny,ย  to that tune as you put out the carrots for the Easter bunny:

I’m a little bunny, with a cotton tail; See me hopping down the trail, When I see a carrot–

My ears-they shake! And then, of course, A Bite I take!!! CRUNCH

Happy Easter

Zesty No Cook Carrot Relish
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  • April 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Zesty carrot ๐Ÿฅ• relish is indeed delicious! I made it and the whole family commented on how delicious it was and that it goes with everything. Also canโ€™t get the Bunny tune out of my mind! How cute. ๐Ÿฐ.


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