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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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • When making a fruit salad, toss 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 give it a tropical zing.
  • Serve with shredded coconut sprinkled on top for a little extra flavor.
  • These salad recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less.
  • Reviews

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    • Kentuckymeemo
      Jul 5, 2020

      My grandma made this adding pecan pieces. ??

    • Angel182009
      Jul 5, 2020

      My kids love this salad. We are not fan of coconut so I do omit this out. Cherries are great mixed in as well.

    • SharonHughart
      Jun 14, 2020

      This has been a holiday staple since I was a kid! We call it 5 cup salad for the five ingredients. I have to make a double recipe so my mom and husband have leftovers! Delicious.

    • QA Automation
      Jun 9, 2020

      Mom made this !

    • Mr. Gale
      May 24, 2020

      My Mother has made this for years, great recipe

    • Carol A
      Apr 20, 2020

      My mother made this growing up in the 60s

    • Myra
      Apr 18, 2020

      Sounds very good. Can you put bananas in it? When I ate it when I was a child it had apples in it. Do y'all ever fix it like that?

    • normairene
      Apr 18, 2020

      Out version of this is a fruit salad that includes drained fruit cocktail, halved mraschino cherries and chopped pecans. It often just includes what is in the house such as a diced apple or sliced banana. What makes this a great recipe is that when you have the basics, you can tailor it to your own tastes and what you have on hand.

    • Neil
      Apr 17, 2020

      You forgot to add the red and green maraschino cherries!!! They add color and flavor cute xmas addition

    • Donna
      Apr 13, 2020

      Brings back memories of my Grandmother's ambosia when I was a child, over 50 yrs ago. Delicious!