Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad


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!

ambrosia salad

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 :)

ambrosia fruit salad

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:

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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 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

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


  1. 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

Nutrition Facts
Ambrosia Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Potassium 279mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 27g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 18.2%
Vitamin C 27.9%
Calcium 7.2%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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13 comments on “Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad”

  1. Do you drain the cans of fruit? It doesn’t appear as though you do. Thank you!

  2. Peaches

  3. Almost like yogurt, looks delicious!

  4. Tried this earlier but it didn’t look as good as yours. Anyways, it tastes really great.

  5. What wouldn’t estimate the serving size to be for the given measurements? Should recipe be doubled for a pot luck setting?

    Thanks for sharing.. looking forward to making!

  6. Love this recipe and salad!!!!!

  7. Looks great!

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