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 is it, grandma's salad!
Grandma's Sunshine Salad
2 (3-ounce) packages lemon flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 cup ice water
1 (9-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice (NOT fresh pineapple)
1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar
2 cups grated carrots
Prepare the gelatin:
Empty the gelatin into a small mixing bowl. Stir in 2 cups of boiling water. Stir thoroughly until the gelatin has dissolved.
Mix in the ice water, pineapple, lemon juice, and salt:
Stir in 1 cup ice water, the 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.)
Chill until thickened, then add the carrots:
Chill in refrigerator until the gelatin starts to thicken. Then gently fold in the grated carrots until well mixed.
Pour into a mold and chill until set:
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.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 47g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|Total Sugars 42g|
|Vitamin C 28mg||142%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|