Ambrosia Salad – creamy, fruity and easy salad loaded with tangerines, pineapple, grapes, coconut, cherries, marshmallows and chopped pecans. Perfect dessert for any occasions. Sweet, tangy and heavenly!
I can’t remember when was the first time I had this pretty ambrosia salad, but all I know it was around the holidays. And when September starts to roll in, all I could think is the holidays. So then I scoured the internet to search for the perfect fruity salad to serve on the holiday table. TADA… Off I went to the local grocery stores to pick up all the ingredients.
What is ambrosia salad?
This salad is typically a variation of the traditional fruit salad that has been a classic Southern recipe usually served during Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Most version of Ambrosia salad would contain fresh sweet pineapples, oranges, marshmallows and coconuts. It is then refrigerated for a few hours before serving it.
But I’d say that Ambrosia salad is one of the easiest salads you’ll ever in your whole life. All it takes is just 10 minutes of your time to prepare it.
By preparing, I mean whisking the whipped cream and sour cream together and then coating the rest of the ingredients. How easy is that?
What goes in ambrosia salad?
There are lot of versions for this heavenly fruit salad. Aside from pineapples, oranges, marshmallows and coconut, other ingredients would include maraschino cherries, strawberries, bananas, grapes or pecans. Ambrosia salad could also include whipped cream, sour cream, yogurt, mayo, jello, pudding or cottage cheese.
But I’d love mine to be as colorful as possible with different textures as you bite in. It’s versatility makes this salad truly a stand out!
Look how amazing this ambrosia salad is in that bowl! You’ll pick up the sweetness from the fresh fruits, the tang from the sour cream (yogurt works fine, too) while letting your mouth savor every shift of textures there is in every bite. From the soft, gooey marshmallows, the creamy coating, to the crunchy toasted pecans — aaaahhh — how could I even describe it best.
How long can you keep ambrosia salad in the fridge?
The beauty of this ambrosia salad is you can serve it immediately or let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving it. If you’re bringing this to a potluck or serving for a special occasion, you can mix it all ahead and let all the flavors settle down after you pop it in the fridge.
You can store it in the fridge up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Don’t wait ’til the holidays though for you to enjoy this easy and over-the-top ambrosia salad. You can make it as a Sunday dessert along side with this Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake or as a vibrant side dish to your favorite main course.
Tips and Notes:
- You may add whatever fruit you have.
- If you’re allergic to nuts, you can leave out the pecans.
- This is a great make ahead salad. It last up to 3 days in the fridge as long as it’s stored in an airtight container.
- Want more colors? Try using those colorful marshmallows instead.
- 8 ounces whipped topping , thawed
- 4 ounces sour cream
- 1-1 ½ cup clementine orange, tangerines, or mandarin oranges segments
- 1 1/2 cup fresh pineapple (replace with 8 ounce canned pineapple) , diced
- 1 cup grapes , seedless, halved
- 1 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut (1 cup coconut flakes)
- ½-1 cup drained maraschino cherries
- 2-3 cups mini marshmallows
- ½-1 cup toasted, chopped pecans
- Whisk together whipped cream and sour cream. Set aside.
- In large bowl, combine tangerines, pineapple, grapes, coconut, maraschino cherries, and marshmallows.
- Then gently fold in whipped cream mixture , until fully combined . Sprinkle with toasted pecans.
- Cover with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until ready to serve.
How to Make Ambrosia Salad
Whisk together whipped cream and sour cream. Set aside.
In large bowl, combine tangerines, pineapple, grapes, coconut, maraschino cherries, and marshmallows.
Then gently fold in whipped cream mixture, until fully combined. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.
Cover with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until ready to serve.