Sunshine Salad

This is a refreshing congealed salad that is good anytime and especially during the summer months. I don't have the recipe except in my head. It was in a Home Demonstration Club cook book that was given to us as a wedding gift in 1960. I have worn that cook book out.

Yield: 9-12 servings



  1. Drain pineapple and save the juice.
  2. Wash and peel the carrots.
  3. Grate carrots to make amount equal to the amount of drained pineapple.
  4. Pour pineapple juice into a measuring cup. If needed, add water to make 1 cup of liquid.
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  6. Pour Jell-O into a medium mixing bowl. Add 2 cups boiling water. Stir approximately 2 minutes until dissolved.
  7. Add 1 cup cold water and the cup of pineapple juice.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and stir.
  9. Place the bowl of Jell-O in a large mixing bowl that contains ice and water. Stabilize the bowl of Jell-O so it will not tilt. Let stand for 15-18 minutes or until slightly congealed.
  10. Mix pineapple and grated carrots and add to the Jell-O.
  11. Pour into a 2 quart Pyrex dish. Cover and chill until firm.
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July 8, 20181 found this helpful

Simple, easy to make, gotta be good. I just bought a bag of carrots. Now I know what I'll do with them.

I'm sitting here appreciating your photography. You did well.

Thanks, LG

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July 8, 20181 found this helpful

I just bought the crushed pineapple. Guess I'll use a box grater for the carrots, as you did. Mama had a gizmo called a Salad Master. She used it for grating fresh coconut at Christmas. Sure wish I had it now.

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July 9, 20182 found this helpful

Ever hear of a salad shooter? I love mine. I also got a mini food processor so no need to shred the carrots.


My poor old hands can't do that anymore!! But I am going to try this!!!

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July 9, 20181 found this helpful

I have a mini food processor, too. I've never tried carrots in it. Maybe I will.


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July 10, 20181 found this helpful

I've never in my life had such a thing. I have to give it a go. What a colour :)

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July 10, 20181 found this helpful

My family has been making this for years only we call it Sunshine Jello. Roughly the same ingredients only no cider vinegar and we use orange jello, not lemon. Sometimes I add mandarin oranges as well. It's a great way to sneak veggies in for kids and men. (carrots) The first time I brought it to a function at my husband's family his step-dad kissed me for it.


It was something HIS aunt used to make for family functions and he loved it, and thought he'd never see it again. I started making him an extra # and gave it to him as part of his Christmas present for the last 25 years :)

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

The vinegar just adds to the flavor. I'm going to add some mandarin oranges next time I make it. That sounds good.

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July 8, 20190 found this helpful

My grandmother made a similar concoction - with raisins and without pineapple. She was a frugal farm lady. I don't recall her ever using pineapple, except for a special occasion pineapple upside-down cake.

Grandma Lucille's variation:
Orange Jello - as many boxes as needed for number you're serving.
Grated Carrots - just enough :)
Plumped raisins - maybe half the amount of carrots?


Prep is about the same as 'litterglitter' Sunshine Salad.

Sometimes I use both orange and pineapple Jello, or lemon and orange. Next time I'll try adding cider vinegar.

I've had people look at this dubiously, then taste it and ask for second helpings. Perhaps they're put off by the appearance of raisins floating in a transparent orange square?

This is fun to serve for a Halloween meal. Kids like it too!

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