Sunshine Salad is a traditional gelatin salad made with lemon jello, crushed pineapple, shredded carrots, and chopped nuts. Whether you call it jello salad or congealed salad, it's all delicious!
You knew it had to happen sometime. It was inevitable. I mean, really, this is primarily a Southern food blog, right?
What am I talking about? Why, congealed salad, of course. Something that every Southern cook "of a certain age" has in his or her repertoire. And not just one or two recipes, either. I'm talking about dozens.
Those of you who are from Southern families - when have you ever been to a family reunion where there weren't at least six different congealed salads offered? Or a church homecoming dinner-on-the-grounds. You could fix a plate of nothing but congealed salads at one of those affairs.
Now before you go looking down your nose at congealed salads, just stop and think about it a minute. What's so bad about congealed salad? Why do people look down on them these days?
I know they're out of style and yes, there's a little sugar in there, but just look at my Sunshine Saladrecipe - it's jam-packed with freshly grated carrots, pineapple, and pecans. It's vibrantly colorful and refreshing, too.
So, what's not to like? Nothing bad there.
I'm going to encourage you to rethink your attitude toward the poor old congealed salad. Even if you think it's hopelessly out of style, it's still a classic. Or if it makes you feel more up-to-date, just call it "vintage."
How to Make Sunshine Salad
Drain the pineapple, reserving the juice. Set the pineapple aside for now. To the reserved 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.
Pour the jello into a mold or a small square (8"x8") baking dish. Place it in the refrigerator and chill until it begins to thicken (about 45 minutes to 1 hour).
Remove the dish from the refrigerator and add the reserved pineapple, shredded carrots, pecans, and salt. Stir very well to combine the ingredients. Chill until set (at least 4 hours; overnight is best).
To serve, cut into squares and top with a small dollop of mayonnaise (if desired).
More Congealed Salad Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Blueberry Jello Salad
- Polly's Pink Stuff (Raspberry Jello Mold)
- Strawberry-Banana Jello Mold
- Lime Congealed Salad
Jello Salad Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Lemon Mandarin Orange Jello Salad from Oh Sweet Basil
- Coca-Cola Jello Fruit Salad from The Cooking Bride
- Cherry Lime Dr. Pepper Salad from Homesick Texan
- Aunt Virgie's Pineapple, Marshmellow, and Cheddar Congealed Salad from What We're Eating
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- 1 3 oz pkg lemon jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 8 oz. can crushed pineapple
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 medium carrots grated
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- dash salt
- Mayonnaise optional
- Drain the pineapple, reserving the juice. Set the pineapple aside for now.
- To the reserved 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.
- Pour 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).
- Add the reserved pineapple, shredded carrots, pecans and salt. 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).
Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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