By Judy from IA
My Mother made this also. It was called Sunshine salad. It is very simple: use one small pk of orange jello, one small can of crushed pineapple and 3-4 shredded carrots. Make jello according to directions, using only 1 and 3/4 cup of water, as the pineapple has at least 1/4 cup of juice, add the pineapple and carrots and chill until set. My mother used an 8x11 casserole dish and she cut it in squares to serve.
My mom made this and I make it all the time. I use a small (3 oz) jello, mix with 1 cup boiling water, then add a tray of ice cubes and stir until most are melted and you have 2 cups of jello. You'll throw away some small pieces of ice. Put it in a glass pan and add 1 (drained) can of pineapple (I prefer the tidbits, crushed is fine too) and 2 grated carrots. Mix and refrigerate, if you use ice it sets up quickly.
The ice lets you put the fruit and carrots in right away. If you don't use ice the stuff will float.
Serve with a dressing made of lemon juice or vinegar, sugar, and mayo. I use a scant 1/4 cup of lemon juice or vinegar, about 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup mayo. Taste and adjust to your liking.
This makes about 8 or 10 nice sized servings.
Looks like there are many many variations on this one.
Here are a few basic ones:
this one adds cream cheese & pinapple:
http://www.everyrecipe.info/salads/ ... range-carrot-jello-salad_207210.html
Or whipping cream & pineapple:
http://www.everyrecipe.info/cakes/p ... and-pineapple-jello-salad_54637.html
This is one from the '70's with cottage cheese:
This one has mayo included:
http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewto ... sid=073b77ff54cef773c1ece2abf667f979
Or you can sift through the many posted here:
Orange Carrot Salad Recipe
Ready in: 2-5 hrs
Difficulty: 3 (1=easiest :: hardest=5)
1 package Orange-flavored gelatin; 6oz size
2 cups Water; boiling
1 1/2 cup Water; cold
2 large Carrots; shredded
11 ounces Mandarin oranges; drained
15 1/2 ounces Crushed pineapple; undrained
1/2 cup Pecans; chopped
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water, and stir in cold water. Chill until partially set. Fold in carrots, oranges, pineapple, and chopped pecans into thickened gelatin. Spoon into an oiled 2 quart mold; chill until set. Unmold on lettuce, and garnish with carrot curls and pecan halves.
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