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!

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 *

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!

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  • 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.

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13 comments on “Ambrosia Salad”

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

  2. I use fruit coctail

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

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

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

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

    Rating: 4
  8. 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.

  9. 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!

    Rating: 5

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