A triangular shaped wedge of orange carrot gelatin salad sitting on top of lettuce leaves.

Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad

Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad may sound like a weird combination, and perhaps, mixing carrots into orange gelatin is strange, but we love it. This recipe is from the mid twentieth century when gelled salads were very popular in households across the country. They were also prevalent at picnics and parties. Now, in the early part of the twenty-first century, gelatin is falling from favor, but some of these recipes are too good to be lost. That’s why I have chosen to share this recipe for Orange Carrot Gelatin with you.

A bowl full of  orange carrot gelatin--a mixture oforange gelatin mixed with shredded carrots and crushed pineapple

Carrots pair well with pineapple and orange gelatin in this simple dessert, or salad. Orange Carrot Gelatin, or “Carrot Jello Salad,” as my mother used to call it, is an unusual combination, but we like it. The important thing to remember is that you absolutely have to grate your own carrots.

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A carrot, a grater, and shredded carrots

The julienne carrots that are available in the grocery produce section are too thick, and the carrots won’t combine as seamlessly with the crushed pineapple in the recipe. The result with be really hard to chew carrots in you gelatin. That will, as Sue Chef says, make your mouth sad.

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • Orange Gelatin
  • Canned Crushed Pineapple

From the Refrigerator

  • Carrots
A bowl full of Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad

Most of the time, I just pour my gelatin into a bowl. My mother preferred to allow hers to gel in a 7X11 inch rectangular glass pan. If I’m going to be using the salad for a picnic or for lunches, I will put individual servings into either four or eight ounce mason jars.

A small mason jar filled with orange carrot gelatin salad

It’s much easier for someone to grab a single serving that way, plus it seems to speed things up at the serving table at a potluck or picnic if people don’t have to cut or scoop the salad to serve themselves.

A small mason jar filled with orange carrot gelatin to create an individual serving.

These little mason jars full of gelatin salads, or desserts, also make a great grab and go addition to lunch boxes on busy weekday mornings.

My mother always liked to cut squares of her orange carrot gelatin salad, and serve them on top of a lettuce leaf. I always thought it was so pretty. I wanted to recreate that serving suggestion to show you, unfortunately, I only had the tiny internal leaves from a head of Romaine lettuce, so it didn’t quite work out. Do I still get points for trying?

A wedge of orange gelatin salad atop two pathetically small romaine lettuce leaves

Have you ever made a gelatin salad that contained vegetables? Would you try a recipe like this or do you think it sounds gross? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad- a single serving on a plate atop lettuce leaves, and a bowl filled with the gelled salad

Give our recipe for Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad a try. It may surprise you.

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Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad

This recipe for Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad is from the mid twentieth century when gelatin salads were a household staple. This recipe sounds strange, but we love it. It's really important to do the work and grate or shred you own carrots as the julienne carrots you purchase in the grocery store are too coarse to work well in this recipe. The total Cost for this recipe was $2.08 or about $0.21 per serving.
Prep Time 20 mins
Chilling time to Gel. 2 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 10 1/2 cup servings


  • 1 (8 serving) box orange flavored gelatin dessert (regular or sugar free–it doesn't really matter) $0.98
  • cups boiling water
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple (packed in it's own juice) $0.99
  • 1 large carrot finely shredded, or grated $0.11
  • ¾ cup cold water


  • Mix orange gelatin with boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved (2-3 minutes)
  • Allow gelatin to partially cool to room temperature. (or you can speed this up by putting it into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.) You want it to have the texture of a thick syrup.
  • Once gelatin mixture has cooled, add undrained pineapple, carrots, and cold water.
  • Mix well to thoroughly combine and pour into whatever vessel you want to serve it from.
  • Cover loosely, and place in refrigerator for 2 – 4 hours, or overnight, to allow it to fully set up.

Nutrition information provided below is for one serving of Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad prepared according to the recipe above using regular orange gelatin.

Nutrition information provided below is for one serving of Orange Carrot Gelatin Salad prepared according to the recipe above using sugar free orange gelatin.

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