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Ambrosia Salad

An Ambrosia Salad recipe is an Southern fruit salad made of pineapple, mandarin slices, maraschino cherries, marshmallows, and lots of creamy cool whip!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: south, Southern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 324kcal

Ingredients

  • 20 oz pineapple chunks fully drained
  • 15 oz mandarin oranges fully drained
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries drained well
  • 1 cup cool whip topping or homemade whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • First, drain the pineapple chunks, mandarins, and cherries very well. You want there to be as little extra liquid as possible.
  • In a large bowl, gently fold the whipped cream and sour cream together.
  • Slowly add the drained fruit, marshmallows, coconut, and pecans to the bowl, carefully folding in each addition.
  • Chill for at least an hour, then serve.

Notes

CAN YOU MAKE AMBROSIA SALAD A DAY AHEAD?
Yes! Southern Ambrosia Salad can be made the day ahead before it’s served. It’s actually best to give the cream and fruit time to chill and commingle a bit.
HOW LONG DOES AMBROSIA SALAD LAST?
Fresh ambrosia salad can be kept in the fridge for 3-5 days. Just be sure to keep it in an airtight container! The liquids might separate and pool at the bottom but don’t worry, it should still be ok.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 634IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg