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Sunshine Salad

This Sunshine Salad is the best salad to serve up for a picnic in the park, potluck dish, or a treat for a hard day’s work. Fresh fruit paired with a sugar-free Jello to make it a Weight Watchers friendly salad. Believe it or not, this sunshine salad has just 2 WW Points Plus per one serving. 

Sunshine salad in a white bowl.

When I am trying to watch what I eat, I find I struggle when it comes to wanting to snack. I could be working one the computer and devour a whole bowl of chips before I realized I even ate them. If I am not careful I know, I can consume a lot of calories with the snacking I do. 

I generally crave sweet when I want a snack. I wanted to create a fruit salad that I could just grab when I felt that sweet craving starting to rise within me. Let me tell you, this fresh fruit sunshine salad has been such a delicious snack but also help me choose smarter when it comes to my snacking. 

Weight Watchers Sunshine Salad

I have lost 40 pounds on my Weight Watchers Plan, which is amazing. When I take the time to make dinners at home, prep snacks so I can grab and go, it saves me from making bad choices when I am out running errands. I no longer have the urge to run through a drive through, I can just grab a pre-made snack out of my purse. 

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    This recipe here uses sugar-free vanilla pudding; it helps make it Weight Watcher friendly. Pairing the vanilla JELLO mix next to the mandarin oranges syrup gives it a sweet and creamy consistency that just hits the spot. Then add in your fresh pineapple and banana, and this tropical salad is fit for a crowd.  

    Sunshine salad on a serving spoon.

    Potluck Sunshine Salad 

    So if you have plans for a picnic or heading to a potluck soon, this sunshine salad is going to be a perfect fit. If you are on the Weight Watchers, plan you have a tasty dessert that you know you can enjoy, and it is so quick to make. With minimal prep, you can have it ready to go in a hurry. 

    I have taken this to potlucks before, and if I know we are going to be outdoors, I just make an extra bowl with ice. I find a larger bowl and will the bottom with some ice. Then I sit the other bowl that has the fruit salad in it, on top, so the bowl is sitting on the ice. It will help keep it chilled as you are waiting to be served. 

    Sunshine salad in a white bowl.

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    Tips for Making Sunshine Salad       

    Mandarin Oranges | Do not drain the juice from our oranges. This is what the Jello mix will work with to create a creamy syrup for the salad. 

    Pineapple | One tool I use is a pineapple corer. It takes just minutes to get the core out of the pineapple and makes cutting up fresh pineapple so much easier. They are pretty affordable, and most mass retailers have them, or you can buy one online if need be. 

    Bananas | I reach for a less ripe banana when I make this salad. I want it to still be mostly yellow with little to no brown spots. You will have a slightly firmer texture, and it will hold up nicely in the salad. When you use a browner (ripe) banana, they can break down a lot faster in the salad, giving you a more mushy texture. 

    Sunshine salad in a white bowl.

    Perfect Summer Salad

    This indeed is an ideal summer salad. If you are not on the Weight Watchers, plan this is still an outstanding fruit salad recipe that I highly recommend serving up. My whole family loves this, and when I bring it to parties or a family gathering, it is always one of the first things that get cleaned up the fastest. 

    Give it a try the next time you are craving a fruit salad and see how you like it. If you are not a fan of sugar-free, you can always replace with regular vanilla pudding as well. It will taste just as good. 

    Sunshine Salad in a white bowl with a serving spoon.

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    4.49 from 135 votes

    Sunshine Salad

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour
    The brightest fruit salad filled with pineapple, bananas and mandarin oranges! This low-calorie option is perfect for summer with only 4 ingredients.


    • 1 fresh pineapple cored and cut into chunks
    • 1 can Mandarin oranges in light syrup 15oz can
    • 2 bananas peeled and sliced
    • 1 box Jell-O sugar free vanilla instant pudding 4 serving size


    • Do not drain the oranges. Cut the pineapple and banana into chunks. Combine the fruit in a large bowl.
    • Sprinkle the dry pudding mix (do NOT add milk) over the top of the fruit. Mix well.
    • Refrigerate, covered for at least one hour. Serving size is one cup.



    You can also use vanilla instant pudding (not the sugar free option).
    Original recipe from Confessions of an Overworked Mom.


    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.1g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 34.3mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 15g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Salads
    Cuisine American
    Keyword fruit salad, sunshine salad, weight watchers

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    1. Carol Newsome says:

      I make this all the time! I just love it. I use canned pineapple instead of fresh and leave the juice in too. I also add 2 boxes of the sugar free vanilla instant pudding. Can’t be beat for a refreshing delicious salad.

      1. Would this be good with sugar free cheesecake pudding?

    2. Hi, Stacie. What size jello pudding box, please?

    3. Hi, Stacie.
      What size jello pudding box, please?


    4. Debbie Kay says:

      If I use canned pineapple how much should I use?

      1. Enough to get about 4 cups of pineapple. Sizes of cans vary depending vary depending on where you live.

    5. Janet Fettig says:

      This a good and quick fruit salad. I’ve made it several times and have always used canned pineapple, either chunk or tidbits. Always delicious and seldom any left over! Io lake it according the directions it always firms up and can go on a plate with other food(no separate bowl for it is
      neeeded.) Enjoy!

    6. 5 stars
      What a delicious salad! We loved it! The fresh pineapple kept the bananas from going brown for a few days as well, so it kept nicely in the fridge.

    7. Delicious and even easier when I used one can of pineapple chunks. I sprinkled nutmeg on top right before serving and that gave it a nice little kick!

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