Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Ambrosia salad is a classic, refreshing dessert made with a variety of fruits, marshmallows, and creamy dressing. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or as a light dessert, this salad is a delightful treat for any occasion.


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup whipped cream (or Cool Whip)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, halved and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup seedless grapes, halved (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fruit cocktail (optional)


  1. Prepare the Dressing:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sour cream and whipped cream until smooth and well blended.
  1. Add the Fruits and Marshmallows:
  • Gently fold in the mini marshmallows, shredded coconut, mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, maraschino cherries, and any optional ingredients (nuts, grapes, fruit cocktail).
  1. Mix Well:
  • Carefully stir the mixture until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the creamy dressing. Be gentle to avoid breaking up the fruit pieces.
  1. Chill:
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the marshmallows to soften.
  1. Serve:
  • Before serving, give the salad a gentle stir. Serve chilled as a side dish or dessert.


  • For a lighter version, you can use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.
  • If you prefer a sweeter salad, add a tablespoon of powdered sugar to the dressing mixture.
  • Ensure that the fruits are well-drained to prevent the salad from becoming too watery.

Enjoy your refreshing and creamy Ambrosia Salad!

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