Watermelon Ambrosia Recipe
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Watermelon Ambrosia Recipe

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Colorful watermelon, pineapple, fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries and more are combined in this eye-catching fruit salad that's sure to take center stage at your next summer buffet! —Sandy leversee, Apache Junction, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sugar fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup diet lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 116 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit.


  1. Cut watermelon into basket (see box below). Remove fruit from both sections of the top. Remove fruit from basket with a melon baller. Set aside 3 cups of melon balls (save remaining melon for another use).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, fruit cocktail, oranges, cherries, marshmallows and reserved watermelon balls. Add soda; gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled. Just before serving, stir in coconut. Spoon into watermelon basket. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Watermelon Ambrosia in Light & Tasty June/July 2003, p8

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