Ambrosia Salad – A Lovely Mess


I have to admit, I form of pleasure myself on being a little bit of a grandma whereas I’m nonetheless in my mid-30s. I’ve had individuals level out (for many of my grownup life) that lots of the hobbies I take pleasure in, the decor I select, and the dishes I wish to make remind them of their grandmothers. Lol.

I feel this ambrosia salad is not any exception.

To me, it is a facet dish (or dessert!) that I’ve seen served at bridal showers, child showers, and different potluck meals.

For those who’ve by no means had ambrosia salad earlier than, it’s a creamy fruit salad that may sound a bit odd primarily based on the substances, however don’t knock it till you attempt it!

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Why is it referred to as ambrosia salad?

My understanding is ambrosia means “aromatic” or “scrumptious” and can be related to fruit from Greek mythology. That is definitely a really scrumptious fruit salad, so the title matches.

I think that ambrosia salad could also be form of a southern (U.S.) factor. However should you’re from one other area, I’d like to know if it’s one thing that you simply noticed or ate rising up. Being from southwest Missouri, we now have of a mixture of Southern cooking and Midwestern dishes, too.

Ambrosia Salad Substances:

  • Whipped Topping (Cool Whip, or the off-brand model)
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Mandarin Oranges – canned
  • Pineapple – canned tidbits
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Fruit-Flavored Mini Marshmallows

These are the substances I exploit, that are principally conventional. The primary factor I do some completely different with my ambrosia salad recipe is add extra nuts than you sometimes see.

I like some crunch together with the creaminess and candy fruit flavors of this recipe. It provides somewhat extra dimension.

Substitutions & Variations:

  • Whipped cream might be substituted for whipped topping. The dish won’t retailer for as lengthy, however should you suppose will probably be consumed in a day, then this received’t matter
  • Bitter cream or plain Greek yogurt might be substituted for vanilla yogurt. This may make the ambrosia salad rather less candy. Nevertheless, that is meant to be a slightly candy facet dish, and even dessert.
  • Recent fruit can be utilized as a substitute of canned, however the recipe card beneath lists measurements in canned portions, so that you’ll must convert these.
  • Almonds or pecans might be substituted for an additional nut possibility (like pistachios) if wanted.

Fruit-flavored marshmallows might be onerous to search out. After I was grocery purchasing for these provides, they didn’t have these at two of the three shops I went to. And I think it might be form of a southern factor (let me know in feedback), so it might be onerous to search out in sure areas.

You may substitute these for normal flavored mini marshmallows OR depart them out of the recipe fully. The ambrosia salad will nonetheless be very scrumptious and candy with out them—it’s only a conventional ingredient that provides an attention-grabbing texture.

As I discussed, I see ambrosia salad served most frequently at large meals like Thanksgiving or a child bathe.

So, should you’re getting ready for a meal like that, listed below are another facet dish recipes you would possibly like:

I really like this ambrosia salad! Subsequent, I’ll should get the official household recipe and share my great-aunt Ina’s cranberry jello salad. It’s additionally one in every of these candy salads that simply jogs my memory of huge household meals. Take pleasure in. xo. Emma

Ambrosia Salad

a creamy, candy fruit salad

Course Dessert, Aspect Dish
Key phrase ambrosia salad, fruit salad
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 5 ounces vanilla yogurt about 1 cup
  • ½ cup coconut flakes sweetened
  • 20 ounces pineapple tidbits drained
  • 15 ounces mandarin oranges drained
  • 10 ounces maraschino cherries drained
  • ½ cup almonds sliced
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup fruit-flavored mini marshmallows or common mini marshmallows
  • If the whipped topping is frozen, permit it to thaw within the fridge till it may be folded.

  • In a small mixing bowl, fold the whipped topping in with the vanilla yogurt.

  • In a big mixing bowl, add all the opposite substances.

  • Combine the cream combination into the opposite substances till every part is nicely coated.

  • Serve chilled.

See put up for substitutions and variation concepts. 
Leftovers needs to be coated or saved in an hermetic container and refrigerated. Ambrosia salad might be saved for a minimum of 3 days. 

Energy: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fats: 14g | Saturated Fats: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 3g | Monounsaturated Fats: 6g | Trans Fats: 0.002g | Ldl cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg

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