Ambrosia Salad

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Ambrosia Salad! This is the best ambrosia salad recipe! It's not overly sweet & contains the traditonal coconut, pineapple and oranges but you can add other goodies like walnuts or cherries!

How to Make Ambrosia Salad

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This is the best ambrosia salad recipe!  It’s pretty simple, not overly sweet and is something that can always be found at our holiday dinners!  It’s a salad that we all love and it’s super easy to make… in fact, it’s so easy that for the past few years my 11 year old is completely completely responsible for this dish herself.  This week she actually made it for her lunch!


Traditionally this salad  (also known as 5-Cup salad) contains coconut, pineapple and oranges but we add other goodies from time to time including maraschino cherries, walnuts, fruit cocktail and/or pecans!  Whatever combination you use, be sure the fruit is well drained.

It’s a great dish to whip up if you don’t have a ton of time!  Be sure to make this salad ahead of time so it has a chance to sit, this helps blend the flavors and makes the marshmallows soften.

Items You’ll Need for This Recipe

* pineapple * marshmallows * mandarin oranges *

Print Recipe
4.5 from 2 votes
Servings: 8
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ambrosia Salad
This is the best ambrosia salad recipe! It’s pretty simple, not overly sweet and is something that can always be found at our holiday dinners!
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows (white or fruit flavored)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup canned pineapple tidbits well drained
  • 1 cup canned mandarin orange segments drained
  1. Fold together all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Serve cold.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 166, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 204mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 7.6%, Vitamin C: 16.7%, Calcium: 5.3%, Iron: 2.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

17 comments on “Ambrosia Salad”

  1. Can I make this a few days ahead of time?

    • If you make it more than a day ahead, it may separate a little, so give it a stir before serving. Enjoy, Tracy!

  2. we had something similar here just different tinned fruits/fresh fruits, the original was 2 cans (790ml each )fruit cocktail drained( we used the very cherry), 1 can pineapple tidbits ( 8oz) drained, 1 can mandarin orange segments ( 4oz), 1 cup sour cream, 1cup coconut and 1-2cups mini marshmallows. lately I have been adding fresh fruits ( strawberries, grapes or other seasonal fruit, just tried it with cantaloupe )

  3. I’m with Carol, Cool Whip is so unhealthy yet I had such a hard time finding a ambrosia type recipe without it, so discouraging! I was on the verge of adding it anyway but I’m glad I didn’t. I made this and it was delish! Ok, I used half sour cream, half cottage cheese- slight modification but still no Cool Whip and still yum! Thank you for sharing your recipe. Cool Whip be gone!

  4. I love this version made with sour cream instead of cool whip. (Cool whip is so nasty when you look at the ingredients) Plus cool whip makes it so sweet with all the sugar from the fruit, coconut and marshmallows it is more like a dessert. I have substituted in 1/2 cream cheese with sour cream, in a pinch when I dont have quite enough sour cream. I have also made fresh whipped cream with my mixer and heavy whipping cream if I dont have sour cream, and dont feel like going to the store. Sometimes I like 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 whipped cream, it makes it so decadent.

  5. Love love it..perfect for holidaays..but make more often..thanks

  6. Mom’s favorite at all gatherings. Now that she’s gone, I make it all the time but double the recipe. We love it!!

  7. I have been making ambrosia for years. I leave out the coconut.

  8. There’s no cool whip listed. How much cool whip?

  9. I would like to pin thes recipes ???

  10. I use fruit coctail

  11. I do not like coconut. What can I use instead of coconut?

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