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Ambrosia Salad – A Stunning Mess


I have to admit, I form of pleasure myself on being a little bit of a grandma whereas I’m nonetheless in my mid-30s. I’ve had individuals level out (for many of my grownup life) that most of the hobbies I get pleasure from, the decor I select, and the dishes I wish to make remind them of their grandmothers. Lol.

I believe this ambrosia salad is not any exception.

To me, this can be a facet dish (or dessert!) that I’ve seen served at bridal showers, child showers, and different potluck meals.

For those who’ve by no means had ambrosia salad earlier than, it’s a creamy fruit salad which may sound a bit odd primarily based on the substances, however don’t knock it till you attempt it!

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Why is it referred to as ambrosia salad?

My understanding is ambrosia means “aromatic” or “scrumptious” and can be related to fruit from Greek mythology. That is definitely a really scrumptious fruit salad, so the identify matches.

I believe that ambrosia salad could also be form of a southern (U.S.) factor. However in case you’re from one other area, I’d like to know if it’s one thing that you just noticed or ate rising up. Being from southwest Missouri, we’ve got of a mixture of Southern cooking and Midwestern dishes, too.

Ambrosia Salad Components:

  • Whipped Topping (Cool Whip, or the off-brand model)
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Mandarin Oranges – canned
  • Pineapple – canned tidbits
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Fruit-Flavored Mini Marshmallows

These are the substances I exploit, that are principally conventional. The primary factor I do some completely different with my ambrosia salad recipe is add extra nuts than you sometimes see.

I like some crunch together with the creaminess and candy fruit flavors of this recipe. It provides just a little extra dimension.

Substitutions & Variations:

  • Whipped cream will be substituted for whipped topping. The dish won’t retailer for as lengthy, however in case you suppose it will likely be consumed in a day, then this received’t matter
  • Bitter cream or plain Greek yogurt will be substituted for vanilla yogurt. This can make the ambrosia salad rather less candy. Nonetheless, that is meant to be a quite candy facet dish, and even dessert.
  • Contemporary fruit can be utilized as a substitute of canned, however the recipe card under lists measurements in canned portions, so that you’ll have to convert these.
  • Almonds or pecans will be substituted for an additional nut possibility (like pistachios) if wanted.

Fruit-flavored marshmallows will be exhausting to search out. After I was grocery searching for these provides, they didn’t have these at two of the three shops I went to. And I believe it could be form of a southern factor (let me know in feedback), so it could be exhausting to search out in sure areas.

You possibly can substitute these for normal flavored mini marshmallows OR go away them out of the recipe fully. The ambrosia salad will nonetheless be very scrumptious and candy with out them—it’s only a conventional ingredient that provides an attention-grabbing texture.

As I discussed, I see ambrosia salad served most frequently at huge meals like Thanksgiving or a child bathe.

So, in case you’re getting ready for a meal like that, listed here are another facet dish recipes you may like:

I like this ambrosia salad! Subsequent, I’ll need to get the official household recipe and share my great-aunt Ina’s cranberry jello salad. It’s additionally certainly one of these candy salads that simply jogs my memory of massive household meals. Get pleasure from. xo. Emma

Ambrosia Salad

a creamy, candy fruit salad

Course Dessert, Aspect Dish
Key phrase ambrosia salad, fruit salad
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • 5 ounces vanilla yogurt about 1 cup
  • ½ cup coconut flakes sweetened
  • 20 ounces pineapple tidbits drained
  • 15 ounces mandarin oranges drained
  • 10 ounces maraschino cherries drained
  • ½ cup almonds sliced
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup fruit-flavored mini marshmallows or common mini marshmallows
  • If the whipped topping is frozen, enable it to thaw within the fridge till it may be folded.

  • In a small mixing bowl, fold the whipped topping in with the vanilla yogurt.

  • In a big mixing bowl, add all the opposite substances.

  • Combine the cream combination into the opposite substances till the whole lot is effectively coated.

  • Serve chilled.

See put up for substitutions and variation concepts. 
Leftovers needs to be lined or saved in an hermetic container and refrigerated. Ambrosia salad will be saved for at the least 3 days. 

Energy: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fats: 14g | Saturated Fats: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 3g | Monounsaturated Fats: 6g | Trans Fats: 0.002g | Ldl cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg

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