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Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe with oranges, pineapple, coconut, cherries, marshmallows and pecans. This dessert salad is a retro-classic and always a party favorite!

I have had this blog going on 12 years now and it just dawned on me that my blog titled “Life’s Ambrosia” did not actually have a recipe for Ambrosia Salad. How is that even possible?!

Close up of ambrosia salad with cherry on top.

That is probably because I’m not usually into “dessert salads” or even just regular old fruit salads. I usually just prefer the vegetable variety. But guys, I’ve been missing out because Ambrosia Salad is kind of fabulous.

Ingredients for Ambrosia Salad: 

This is a pretty classic recipe. You’ll find mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, maraschino cherries, fruity marshmallows, shredded coconut and pecans. 

Ingredients for ambrosia salad overhead.

Unlike other recipes however, this ambrosia fruit salad is not made with cool whip, instead it is made with heavy cream and sour cream. I did this because I didn’t want the final dish to be overly sweet. The fruit itself is very sweet so the tanginess of the sour cream helps balance everything out. 

Step by Step Instructions: 

Step by Step photos for making ambrosia salad

STEP #1: Using a hand mixer, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. About 2 – 3 minutes. Fold in sour cream. 

STEP #2: Gently fold in remaining ingredients. 

DES’ TIP: It is very important to make sure that the fruit is really well drained. This will help your salad from being too wet. I also rinsed and then drained the maraschino cherries so the red wouldn’t spread throughout the salad. 

STEP #3: Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled with a cherry on top. 

As you can see the hardest part of making this salad is the waiting time. But trust me, this salad is better when it has a chance to set. The flavors meld and the marshmallows get even softer making each bite heavenly. 

Spoonful of ambrosia salad.

Variations: 

Like any salad, this ambrosia fruit salad recipe is also easily customizable. You could use regular marshmallows if you don’t want the fruit flavored version. You could add grapes. Or leave the pecans out. Really, it is up to you! Which is one of my favorite things about this salad. 

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Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe

Serves 8 Prep Time:
5 based on 3 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained well
  • 10 ounces maraschino cherries, drained well
  • 2 cups mini fruit marshmallows
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained well
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

1

Using a hand mixer, beat together heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in sour cream.

2

Gently fold oranges, cherries, marshmallows, pineapple, coconut and pecans into whipped cream. Don't over mix or the oranges might start to break.

3

Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled with a cherry on top!

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 172 , Total Fat: 8.9g , Saturated Fat: 6g , Cholesterol: 22mg , Sodium: 23mg , Carbohydrates: 23g , Fiber: 1.6g , Sugar: 18.6g , Protein: 1.5g

Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Deborah Brooks
    February 2, 2021 at 10:06 am

    My mom used to make something just like this when I was little! Can’t wait to give it a try and maybe even make it for here

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 2, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Oh I love when recipes bring back childhood memories! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Peabody Jennifer Johanson
    February 2, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Yeah, I can’t believe it took you 12 years to put this up given your blog name. :)

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 2, 2021 at 10:17 am

      hahahahaha You and me both girl, you and me both.

  • Reply
    Liz
    February 2, 2021 at 9:53 am

    The no Cool Whip sold me!! What a fabulous side dish for Easter!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 2, 2021 at 10:17 am

      Yes! It is perfect for that!

    Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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