This Ambrosia salad is bursting with fruit, marshmallows and fluffy cream. It is a marshmallow fruit salad that comes together in minutes and can be served as a side or dessert.
I remember the first time I had ambrosia fruit salad. It was served as a side dish with Thanksgiving dinner and I couldn’t believe this fluffy, marshmallowy bowl of heaven was part of the main meal.
It is a tradition in our family and is served with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner as a side dish, but I usually steal an extra bowl for dessert and I’ve been known to eat it for breakfast the next morning too.Ambrosia salad is a mixed fruit salad with marshmallows and some sort of cream.
It’s commonly made with a combination of sour cream and whipped topping such as Cool Whip, but can also contain yogurt or mayonnaise.
Sour cream adds a nice contrast of flavor between the sweet fruit and marshmallows.
Ambrosia almost always contains pineapple and oranges, but you can add almost any fruit you like. I always add a can of fruit cocktail and a handful of fresh grapes, but you could add chopped apple, pears, or even banana.
Adding nuts is optional, but adds a bit of crunch and texture.
1 bags mini marshmallows
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1/2 cup sour cream
8 oz. cool whip
1 lb. can fruit cocktail
1 (2 lb.) canned mandarin oranges
Extra maraschino cherries; halved, to liking.
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
In a large bowl, mix the fruit then stir in the marshmallows and pecans.
In a small bowl fold together the sour cream and whipped topping then fold into the salad.
Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.
Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.