Grandma's Sunshine Salad

Classic retro sunshine Jello salad recipe, with lemon Jello, grated carrots, and crushed pineapple.

Sunshine Salad
Elise Bauer

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

Total Time 0 mins
Servings 12 servings
Yield 1 salad

Ingredients

  • 2 3-ounce packages lemon flavored gelatin

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 1 cup ice water

  • 1 9-ounce can crushed pineapple with juice (cannot use fresh pineapple)

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar

  • Pinch salt

  • 2 cups grated carrots

Method

  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
128 Calories
0g Fat
31g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 128
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 19mg 94%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 287mg 6%
*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.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.