I have to admit, I’m proud of myself for being a bit of a grandmother while still in my mid-30s. People have pointed out (for most of my adult life) that many of the hobbies I enjoy, the decor I choose, and the dishes I like to remind them of their grandmothers. lol.
I think this ambrosia salad is no exception.
For me, this is a side dish (or dessert!) I’ve seen served at bridal showers, baby showers, and other meals.
If you’ve never had an ambrosia salad before, it’s a creamy fruit salad that might sound a bit strange based on the ingredients, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Why is the salad called Ambrosia?
My understanding is that ambrosia means “fragrant” or “delicious” and is also associated with a fruit from Greek mythology. This is definitely a very tasty fruit salad, so the name is apt.
I suspect the ambrosia salad might be a bit of a Southern (American) thing. But if you’re from another area, I’d love to know if this was something you saw or ate while growing up. Being from Southwest Missouri, we have a mix of Southern and Midwestern dishes as well.
Ambrosia Salad Ingredients:
- Whipped Topping (Cool Whip, or off-brand version)
- vanilla yogurt
- sweetened coconut flakes
- Mandarin oranges – canned
- Pineapple – canned tales
- Maraschino cherry
- Almond slices
- chopped pecans
- Fruity mini marshmallow
These are the ingredients I use, and most of them are traditional ingredients. The main thing I do a little differently with this ambrosia salad recipe is add more nuts than you normally see.
I love some crunch along with the cream and sweet fruit flavors for this recipe. It adds a little more dimension.
Alternatives and Variations:
- Whipped cream can be substituted for whipped topping. The dish will not be stored for long, but if you think that it will be eaten in one day, then this will not matter
- Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt can be replaced with vanilla yogurt. This will make the ambrosia salad less sweet. However, it is meant to be a sweet or even dessert side dish.
- Fresh fruit can be used instead of canned, but the recipe card below lists measurements in canned quantities, so you’ll need to convert them.
- Almonds or pecans can be replaced with another option of nuts (such as pistachios) if needed.
Fruit flavored marshmallows It can be hard to find. When I was grocery shopping for these supplies, they didn’t have them in two of the three stores I went to. And I suspect it might be something southern (let me know in the comments), so it can be hard to find in certain areas.
You can substitute them with regular-flavored mini marshmallows or leave them out of the recipe altogether. Ambrosia salad would still be very tasty and sweet without it – it’s just a traditional ingredient that adds an interesting texture.
So, if you are preparing for a meal like this, here are some other side dish recipes you might like:
I love this food salad! Next, I’m going to have to get the family’s official recipe and share this great aunt’s blueberry jello salad. It’s also one of those sweet salads that only reminds me of big family meals. enjoy. xo. whatever
Sweet creamy fruit salad
- 8 ounce leather topping
- 5 ounce vanilla yogurt about 1 cup
- ½ cup coconut flakes local
- 20 ounce pineapple tales drained
- 15th ounce Orange and tangerine drained
- 10 ounce maraschino cherry drained
- ½ cup almonds sliced
- ½ cup pecans section
- 1 cup Fruit flavored mini marshmallows Or regular mini marshmallows
If the whipped topping is frozen, let it thaw in the refrigerator until it can be folded.
In a small mixing bowl, fold the whipped topping with vanilla yogurt.
In a large mixing bowl, add all other ingredients.
Mix the cream mixture with the other ingredients until everything is well coated.
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Leftovers should be covered or stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. Ambrosia salad can be stored for at least 3 days.
Calories: 299Calories | Carbohydrates: 42g | protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated fat: 4g | Unsaturated fats: 3g | Monounsaturated fats: 6g | Unsaturated fats: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 1mg | sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 307mg | the basic: 5g | sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 103mg | iron: 1mg