Grandma’s Sunshine Salad


Years ago, in the sixties, my grandmother came to live with us. She loved to bake, especially oatmeal raisin cookies and lemon meringue pie. She also loved to make Jell-O salads. As kids we loved Jell-O in all flavors. Who were we to wonder when my grandmother put things like cucumbers, horseradish, carrots, and or pineapple in with the Jell-O? One of her favorites was a Jell-O salad made with carrots and crushed pineapple. I had all but forgotten this salad until I met a woman at a counter at Logan Airport who told me about her favorite Jell-O salad, called a “Sunshine Salad”. This was it, grandma’s salad!

Grandma’s Sunshine Salad Recipe



  • 2 3-ounce packages lemon flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 9-ounce cans crushed pineapple with juice (cannot use fresh pineapple)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots


1 Empty gelatin into a small mixing bowl. Stir in 2 cup of boiling water. Stir thoroughly until the gelatin has dissolved.

2 Stir in 1 cup ice water, one can of crushed pineapple with its juice, lemon juice (or vinegar), and a pinch of salt. (Make sure you use canned pineapple. Fresh pineapple has an enzyme that will prevent the gelatin from jelling.)

3 Chill in refrigerator until the gelatin starts to thicken. Then gently fold in the grated carrots until well mixed.

4 Add mixture to a jello mold. Set in the refrigerator until firm, several hours. To unmold, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for about 5 seconds. Invert onto a serving platter, and shake firmly to release. Slice to serve.

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  • clare eats

    Hi elise,
    that looks so cool.
    I need to get some jelly molds.

  • Karen

    This seems refreshing! First time I’ve heard of carrots in a sweet salad recipe and I love carrots. Will give this a try.

  • chronicler

    I had to giggle when I saw your recipe. It immediately reminded me of grandma! It looks so pretty!

  • HelenThura

    oh the memories, I have of christmas day at my grandparents, my grandmother would bring out 3 or 4 of these jelly salads, some had cucumber or beetroot, some had pineapple.

    Thanks for the memories.

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