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I forgot to add my mom used orange jello.
My mom used to make this, only she added chopped pecans, too. It was one of my favorites. It was a staple when she made her chicken and dumplings.
My favorite of Grandma’s jello. Don’t use frozen pineapple either. Learned it the hard way, drank our salad.
Oh yes, I can just imagine. I guess you could blend it as a smoothie?
I learned to make this dish as a kid growing up in America’s Jell-O capital Utah in the 1950s. The standard flavor from the 1950s for this dish was orange Jell-O. For the texture, the carrots should be ground with a meat grinder, and not grated. This concoction was standard fare everywhere, at home,at church suppers, and at restaurants.
No salt or vinegar required. Use the canned pineapple juice as part of the liquid for the jello
How much does this make? Hard to tell from the picture! What size mold is that?
Hi Laura, well I just searched all over my house and my parent’s house and I cannot find the jello mold we used to make this salad. I think I may have given it away years ago. But if we add up all of the ingredients, we have 3 cups of water and 1 cup of pineapple and 2 cups of grated carrots. So you’ll need at least a 1 1/2 quart jello mold. The number of servings depends on how much you want. A cup each? About 6 servings. 1/2 cup each? about 12 servings.
My grandma always made it with orange jello.
Love this ! Thanks for sharing!
We ate this in the 1950’s -1960’s, and my sweetheart (wife of 50 years) is from Puerto Rico so she has never had this. I will make it this afternoon. Thank you for placing on your site.
I think your grandmother’s recipe is exactly the same as my grandmother’s recipe, except perhaps mine didn’t add the extra lemon juice, but I like the idea of that addition.
Sunshine salad found its way to most of our holiday meals. There was the camp that hated it and made fun of it, and the camp that adored it. I fit into the latter camp. I have decided to make it with my Easter ham dinner this year, even if I’m the only one that eats it.
I use lemon jello, pineapple, maraschino cherries and walnuts. We serve it with the Easter ham!
Mother often made this with lime jello and sometimes added chopped walnuts. Then she’d put the canned spray whipped topping in the center. Nowadays I make it in a 9 x 12 pan and spread Cool Whip on top before serving.
My mom made this salad with some sliced green olives added. It is a great sweet/tart taste.
Great idea Marcia, I love it!
This was my favorite salad as a kid. My mom put in sliced green olives and topped it with Miracle Whip. She still made it for me in her 90s.
Just got through talking with my sister about childhood memories and she just found this and sent it to me. Yep, Mom made this I’ll bet every holiday and I think almost every Sunday. Just reading the recipe brought me back to my childhood! I can’t wait to make this! And now I even get to go buy a Jello mold! Talk about memories! Thank you for posting this!
This Jell-O mold sounds very tasty, and I plan to make it very soon. I don’t particularly remember this Jell-O mold when I was a kid, but I DO remember a lot of Jell-O being served when we had company over for dinner, or when we went to someone’s house for a meal. I guess these molds were ‘all the rage’ back then. Actually, I still make my mom’s old Jell-O Molds one in a while, and everyone who remembers them loves them. Personally, my family and I still enjoy some recipes from the 60s, 70s, and 80…. when we were growing up. There was nothing pretentious about that food, and it was always delicious & satisfying. Thanks for the memories!
Instead of the lemon flavored jello I use orange flavored jello. This is a favorite at Easter – ,bunnies love carrots, right? – or anytime.
Thanks I have been looking for this for years! Brings back alot of memories from ones I lost. Thanks for sharing
I’ve been looking for this vintage recipe, my mother in-law used to make it, Thanks for sharing!
My mom made this with a couple of tiny alterations. She used 1 pkg lemon with 1 pkg. orange and left out 1/2 cup water to allow for the pineapple juice and the orange juice from the fresh orange segments she added. Mom felt it acted as a nice palate cleanser to balance the heavy gravy, butter, stuffing, etc. I’m still putting in on the table.
I still make this jello salad for the holidays. My salad has marshmellows on the top. My children and grandchildren really like this salad.