Ambrosia Salad

Introduction: Ambrosia Salad

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In this episode of In The Kitchen With Matt, I will show you how to make Ambrosia Salad. This easy fruit salad recipe is tangy and sweet and oh so delicious. It is very popular in the Southern United States. The term "ambrosia" references the food eaten by the Greek Gods. If you like fruit salad, give this recipe a try! If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients


  • 1 cup of sour cream (8 oz or 226g) or use something like plain yogurt or Greek yogurt.
  • 2 cups of whipped topping (8 oz or 226g)
  • 1 cup of mandarin oranges (16 oz)
  • 1 cup of green or red seedless grapes (8 oz or 150g)
  • 1 cup of sweetened coconut flakes (95g)
  • 1 1/2 cups of fruity mini marshmallows (90g)
  • 1 1/2 cups of pineapple tidbits (20 oz or 567g)
  • 3/4 cup of maraschino cherries (10 oz)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans (optional)


  • Large Bowl
  • Spatula

NOTE: All the ingredients are optional. If you don't like one of them, leave them out, or substitute it with something else. Feel free to add berries like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc. The above recipe is pretty close to the original Southern Ambrosia salad as far as the types of fruit added.

Step 2: Combine That Topping

Begin by adding the sour cream and whipped topping to a large bowl and mix them together. If you don't want to use sour cream, feel free to substitute it with plain or vanilla yogurt or Greek yogurt.

You can also make homemade whipped cream and use that instead of store-bought whipped topping. This is your ambrosia salad, make it however you like. :)

Step 3: Add the Fruit and Coconut

Any fruit that comes in the liquid should be drained first. Save that juice and drink it or use it in other things. I always mix the mandarin orange juice with the pineapple juice. So yummy! The cherries will need to be drained too.

Rinse and dry the grapes if you haven't previously done so. Pull the stems off the cherries if they have them.

Now just add the fruit, marshmallows, coconut flakes, and nuts if you want to add those. There is no certain order in which you need to add them.

And don't worry about being extremely precise with the measurements. Feel free to experiment according to your tastes. Maybe you want more grapes, or less coconut, or more marshmallows, etc.

Save a few of the marschino cherries to put on the top.

Step 4: Fold and Serve

Now simply fold the ingredients together. Don't stir vigorously, we don't want to damage the fruit. Just gently fold and stir all of them.

Cover and chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Scoop some into a bowl and top with a cherry to serve. Enjoy!

NOTE: The Ambrosia salad will last about 3 days. Keep stored in the fridge.

*Print the ambrosia salad recipe here if you like.

Step 5: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this short video tutorial.

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    22 days ago

    This is one of my favorite deserts. We ate it when we were kids all the time at family reunions & get together. Thank you for reminding me I will be making this tonight!!!!


    5 weeks ago

    Beautiful! Is there a vegan version? It'll be fabulous!

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    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thanks! If you can find vegan sour cream and vegan whipped cream, then sure.

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    6 weeks ago

    I was raised with ambrosia as a regular complement to the menu and I make it often for pot lucks. The one I was taught and use is a very simple three ingredient combination of mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks and shredded coconut.


    6 weeks ago on Step 3

    1. 8 oz Cool Whip , lite is fine.
    2. 1/2 cup sour cream , light is fine.
    3. 11 oz mandarin oranges drained.
    4. 20 oz crushed pineapple drained.
    5. 10 oz maraschino cherries drained, halved, and patted dry.
    6. 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes.
    7. 2 cups miniature marshmallows.
    8. 3/4 cup chopped nuts pecans, walnuts, cashews optional.