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Ambrosia Salad

During last-minute menu planning, I often include this classic ambrosia salad recipe because I keep the ingredients on hand. —Judi Bringegar, Liberty, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows and coconut. Add sour cream and toss to mix. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.

Ambrosia Salad Tips

Why is it called ambrosia salad?

The name ambrosia derives from Greek mythology, meaning immortality; also known as food of the gods, Greek gods commonly ate ambrosia to prevent becoming weak. In present day, we've come to know it as a deliciously, fluffy fruit salad (or dessert) with tropical flavors.

Where does ambrosia salad come from?

The name has Greek roots, however southern cooks popularized this creamy, refreshing recipe. Nowadays, you'll find different spins on ambrosia recipes from cooks all over the country.

How do you keep ambrosia salad from browning?

Prevent browning by tossing the juice from a small can of pineapple in with your fruit. The juice keeps the fruit from browning, and bits of pineapple in the salad gives a tropical flavor. Juice of a lemon, lime or orange can be used in place of pineapple juice. Research contributed by Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 370 calories, 20g fat (14g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.