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Watermelon Ambrosia

 Watermelon Ambrosia
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! The recipe comes from Sandy Leversee of Apache Junction, Arizona.
10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling


  • 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 flaked coconut


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