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Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Ambrosia Salad Recipe

During last-minute menu planning, I often include this recipe because I keep the ingredients on hand. —Judi Bringegar, Liberty, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows and coconut. Add sour cream and toss to mix. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 332 calories, 18g fat (14g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Lindavrooman User ID: 8405912 258033
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2016

"I love this fruit salad. The only thing that I do differently is use a cup of Dannon's light and fit vanilla yogurt instead of the sour cream. That yogurt is soooo delicious in this recipe. I sometimes add green grapes cut in half and always double the recipe.

Try it with the Dannon's light and fit vanilla. Outstanding !"

donnakcrowe User ID: 7502294 240026
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"My family has been making this for as long as I can remember. One tip is to mix the sour cream, coconut, and marshmallows together first, before mixing in the pineapple and mandarin oranges. This helps keep the mandarin oranges from being crushed by too much mixing."

poppadude User ID: 8368591 238450
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"EX!!!!! Very Yummy!"

quilt56 User ID: 345163 75386
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"This is so simple and tasty. Great dish to bring to potlucks."

shobbis User ID: 7331118 46279
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"I have been making this for years my family loves it"

JaniceBaer User ID: 1723673 45366
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Very good! So simple with just a few ingredients. I will be making it again!"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 21982
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"This is simple yet tasty. I have made it with vanilla Greek yogurt with good results too.

December 12th is National Ambrosia Day"

ponypalsclub User ID: 6114283 42428
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"I've made this but instead of a can of pineapple chunks I use a can of mixed fruit and instead of white marshmallows I use the coloured ones."

LilWrenBird50 User ID: 4719089 21142
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"This is what we always called '5 cup salad' this stuff. Can't get enough!"

ttark54 User ID: 6337216 18362
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"I used flavored miniature marshmallows to add color and flavor to this dish. It has become a favorite quick dessert."

cyoung55 User ID: 2695637 15366
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"I added seedless grapes to the recipe, and increased the sour cream. You can add maraschino cherries to it as well if you want to add a bit of color"

ConnieK User ID: 282614 21980
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Delicious, not too sweet."

raesan User ID: 4784052 49317
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"Called 5-cup salad in my family and I have been making it for years. I bring it to church suppers and it always disappears. Sometimes leave out the coconut and replace with a different cup of fruit like pears or peaches. I haven't tried adding the pecans but might do that next time to see if the crunch is acceptable."

texasmamma User ID: 2058094 75384
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"I have been making this for years. Sometimes I use fruit cocktail in place of oranges and pineapple. I make it every holiday. My daughter who has always said she didn't like sour cream eats it. She made it for Easter and when I told her it was sour cream she was surprised. She was going to use cool whip in it. My husband doesn't like coconut so I just leave it out. You can also put chopped walnuts or pecans in it."

corkyy11 User ID: 4312788 19635
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"I have not tried this recipe yet. I do have a question. Is there a substitue for the coconut? Would appreciate hearing from you.


scent4U User ID: 2360192 18361
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"I always make this recipe for cookouts, barbecues, etc. I double the pineapple and add some halved maraschino cherries for color."

scent4U User ID: 2360192 21978
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"I always make this recipe for cookouts, barbecues, etc. I double the pineapple and add some maraschino cherries for color."

Nancy__Az User ID: 179259 21112
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"This has been a favorite since childhood."

mam75 User ID: 1608789 46278
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"We love this fruit salad and everyone is always very happy to see it on the table. This is a keeper!"

mec82859 User ID: 1917871 19128
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"I make this all the time. I put the colored marshmallows in it. I also will try to find the Christmas ones and for Easter I add in the pink bunny and yellow chick marshmallows. The kids love finding them in the salad."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 42427
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009

"This is very good. I used a can of fruit cocktail and it turned out very good. Will make this again. I agree try it."

ritagmiller52 User ID: 1756385 21111
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008

"Re: Ambrosia salad

This is like my mom's recipe, except she added halved maraschino cherries. I've enjoyed it for over 50 years now!"

pinksuitcases User ID: 630663 22620
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"Mom asked for ambrosia this Thanksgiving and this recipe was so simple and delicious. I was worried about the sour cream tasting weird with marshmallows and fruit, but it tastes so yummy. Very sweet, but light. Everyone tried some and a few even had seconds. A winner. Try it."

Jessica Buse User ID: 1208725 49315
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2008

"I'll make this for my best friend. She loves Ambrosia and wants me to learn how to make it for her. Thanks!"

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