This week we have a recipe test that is, thankfully, short and sweet. Since we tested out a TON of recipes for our recent Gelatin Contest, I have a bunch of gelatin recipes stacked up and ready to go for you guys.  Which is kind of weird since I am used to busting my butt every week to get the Mid-Century Menu recipes made, photographed, tasted and photographed again so I can post them two weeks in the future. But for the last couple of months Tom and I have just been gliding along on our tested gelatin riches and enjoying our break.  Someone in the comments or on the contact page (I forget which) asked, “Do you guys ever take a health break?”

Happily, the answer is “Yes. Right now, actually.”

But that doesn’t mean the posting is stopping! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Carrot and Pineapple Salad!!


This is a classic, classic gelatin salad. Sometimes known as “Sunshine Salad” it is a mid-century gelatin salad that is actually good. Unlike Perfection Salad, which can be a bit weird sometimes.

This salad was submitted by Janet, who sent this recipe in a loooooong time ago in this lovely email:

I heard you asking for Jell-o recipes on the Joy Cardin show and had to submit my childhood favorite. Just combine lemon Jell-o with grated carrot and a small can of crushed pineapple in heavy syrup. It makes such a pretty salad, and being brought up on it, I find it delicious. I make it whenever I want to remember my mom.
I enjoyed your show and plan to become one of your regular readers.

Glad you liked the show, Janet, and thanks for sending in the recipe!


Only one picture, really, since this salad is so easy to make. I even bought pre-shredded carrots because, yes, I am that lazy!


Ta-Da! We have salad!

I actually ended up taking this salad to a dinner party (I know, right?) where it was tasted by many and declared yummy. However, since I know you love to see Tom…


Well, looking back on it, this isn’t really a “yummy” face so much as it is an “I’m still full from the dinner party” face. But the gelatin was still good.

From Tom’s tasting notes:

Good. Classic gelatin salad. Pineapple in heavy syrup is delicious.

The Verdict: Good.

Thanks for the recipe, Janet!

Carrot and Pineapple Salad
A classic mid-century gelatin salad
  • Small box of lemon gelatin
  • 1 can pineapple in heavy syrup
  • 1 to 1/2 cup shredded or chopped carrots
  1. Drain pineapple, reserving syrup and adding enough water to the syrup to make one cup.
  2. Make gelatin according to package, substituting the reserved syrup and water mixture for the cold water.
  3. Add carrots and pineapple to gelatin. Chill.