Grandma's Sunshine Salad

Kathie Carr


I don't know where Grandma got this recipe. It, and many like it, were popular back in the 1950's and 60's. It may have originated with the Jello Company.

Every church supper and family gathering had a similar dish and everyone had their variations. This was one of my Grandma's favorites.

★★★★★ 2 votes
10 Min


1 small
package lemon jello
1 c
boiling water
1 can(s)
(8 ounces) crushed pineapple, in its own juice
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
3 medium
carrots, grated
1/2 c
chopped pecans
1 pinch
mayonnaise, optional

How to Make Grandma's Sunshine Salad


  • 1Drain pineapple and set the pineapple aside for now.
    To the pineapple juice, add the lemon juice and enough cold water to equal one cup.

    Dissolve the jello with boiling water. Stir the pineapple juice mixture into the dissolved jello.
  • 2Pour the jello into a mold or a small square baking dish. Place it in the refrigerator and chill until it begins to thicken (about 45 minutes to 1 hour).
  • 3Add the reserved pineapple, shredded carrots, pecans and salt to the jello. Stir very well to combine the ingredients.

    Pour into a mold and chill until set (4 hours or overnight).

    To serve, cut into squares and top with a small dollop of mayonnaise (if desired).

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