Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad

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  • Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad – Filled with fresh coconut, pineapple, marshmallows and more. So creamy and absolutely delicious. This family favorite is one of my go-to easy fruit salad recipes!

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    Ambrosia Fruit Salad

    This creamy fruit salad, commonly known as ambrosia salad, is so yummy and is super easy to make! It’s always a favorite whenever I bring it to a potluck. The coconut and marshmallows are what really put it over the top. So delicious!

    This ambrosia salad is a family recipe that’s very dear to me. The recipe came from my Grandma and is a dish that my whole family loves, especially my Uncle Harold. He would make this ambrosia salad every time I came to visit and called it his “special dish.” We all loved it and still try to make it often. It’s now one of my kid’s favorites too! Thanks to my grandma for this delicious ambrosia salad recipe :)

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    Can you make ambrosia salad a day ahead?

    One of the main questions I get about this ambrosia salad recipe is if you can make it a day ahead. The answer is yes! The creamy fruit salad needs to chill in the refrigerator before serving anyways, so that the salad forms and the flavors marinate together. If making a day ahead, I would just drain some of the liquid the next day and stir very well before serving. The ambrosia fruit salad will taste just as yummy and delicious!

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    Original photo 2013

    Ways to modify ambrosia fruit salad:

    You can easily modify this ambrosia salad to your liking. Try any of the different ways below!

    • Not a fan of cream cheese? Substitute with sour cream instead. Or if you’re looking for a lighter version, try mixing together 8 oz cool whip with 6 oz greek yogurt.
    • To add a crunch, mix in some chopped pecans
    • For more fresh flavor, add in some orange zest for an extra boost
    • Substitute any of the fruits included with:  strawberries, seedless grapes, kiwi, bananas and more
    • If you love cherries, feel free to fold in as many maraschino cherries as you’d like


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    Here’s the printable ambrosia fruit salad recipe:

    Ambrosia Salad

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: ambrosia fruit salad, ambrosia salad
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Refrigerate: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 276
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Grandma's Ambrosia Salad - Filled with fresh coconut, pineapple, marshmallows and more. So creamy and absolutely delicious. This family favorite is one of my go-to easy fruit salad recipes!


    • 16 oz cream cheese, softened (2 bricks cream cheese; could also substitute with sour cream)
    • 22 oz mandarin oranges, drained (2 cans)
    • 20 oz pineapple tid bits, drained (1 can)
    • 20 oz crushed pineapple, drained (1 can)
    • 3 cups mini marshmallows
    • 1 cup coconut


    • In a large bowl, whip cream cheese. Then fold in oranges, pineapple, marshmallows and coconut. Place salad in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Enjoy! :D


    Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 0.7mg

    I hope you enjoy this ambrosia salad as much as we do! It’s the perfect Summer dessert. Super easy too, which is always a bonus! :)

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