Sun Kernel Delight Recipe

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This delightfully different cold pasta salad features apples, pineapple and sunflower kernels, which add a nice crunch. My family loves it.—Kelly Culp, Clinton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 package (7 ounces) ring macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 6 medium apples, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 to 1 cup salted sunflower kernels

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 307 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, eggs and lemon juice; cook and stir over low heat until temperature reaches 160° and mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Fold in the macaroni, apples, pineapple and whipped topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve; stir in sunflower kernels. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sun Kernel Delight in Country Woman July/August 2001, p10

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