Ambrosia Salad Recipe

The easiest ambrosia salad recipe involves opening a few cans of fruit and adding marshmallows, coconut and dressing.  If you are looking for quick dessert recipes, an ambrosia fruit salad is definitely one to consider.

Sometimes referred to as marshmallow or pineapple ambrosia, this salad's main ingredients are actually orange and coconut with a creamy dairy-type dressing.

These two versions of the basic ambrosia salad recipe have marshmallows and 1 can of fruit added to the base ingredients.

For the dressings I used sour cream for one and fat free yogurt for the other. I found that while the sour cream held the salad together better than the thinner yogurt, refrigerating the yogurt version for a couple of hours achieved the same result. See pictures below. 

**Update March 2013**-this salad can also be made with the two dressings shown Here

1-Sour Cream Version


1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sour cream

Ambrosia salad  with sour cream dressing.

2-Fat Free Yogurt Version


1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 can fruit cocktail, drained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup fat-free yogurt

Ambrosia salad  with yogurt dressing.

Directions for versions 1 & 2:

Gently mix together all ingredients. The sour cream version can be immediately put into serving bowls as it will be firm enough when made. The yogurt version might be a little runny so you may want to refrigerate it for a couple of hours first. 

3-Instant Jello Version


-1 cup dairy style dressing-sour cream, yogurt etc.
-1 pkg. orange jello mix
-1 can mandarin oranges(drained) or 1 cup fresh orange chunks(drain excess juice)
-1 cup flaked coconut
-1 cup mini marshmallows
-Add any other fruit you like 

Ambrosia Jello Salad

Directions for Jello Version:

Make jello according to directions and cool until partially set. Add dressing and mix with a hand blender or whisk.

Add remaining ingredients and gently mix. Cool in refrigerator until ready to serve.

This very large salad should be eaten within 2 days of being made as the jello will break down over time and pockets of water will form in the bottom of the bowl.

I made this one using regular plain yogurt for dressing, 1 can mandarin oranges and 2 bananas: 

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More Options:

You can make your own version of an ambrosia salad recipe by mixing any variety of cut up fruit with a creamy type of dressing. It may not qualify as a bonified "ambrosia fruit salad" in some peoples opinion but if it tastes good, enjoy it and call it what you like.

Obviously you don't have to use canned fruit, I made these recipes with convenience in mind. If you like to chop up fresh fruit you have many more ingredient options to choose from. Here are some popular ones...


Oranges of course-any kind

Berries-any kind


Sour cream(full,1-2%, non fat)
Yogurt(full,1-2%, non fat, flavoured)
Whipped cream
Dream Whip or similar product-powdered or frozen
Instant pudding-Vanilla or Pistachio for example.
Instant jello-see above

3-Nuts & Seeds:

Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Trail Mix 

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