Ambrosia Salad

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There’s something truly special about Ambrosia Salad, a nostalgic and delightful dish that brings back memories of family gatherings, picnics, and potlucks. This heavenly concoction of fruit, marshmallows, and whipped cream has been adored by generations, and today, we’re putting a fresh spin on this classic favorite to make it even more irresistible!

Our Ambrosia Salad recipe is light, fruity, and oh-so-creamy, making it the perfect addition to any warm-weather gathering or potluck. We’ve made a few tweaks to the traditional recipe to make it even more delicious, so let’s dive into the wonderful world of Ambrosia Salad!

First, let’s talk about the fruit. We’ve chosen a colorful mix of mandarin oranges, pineapple, and grapes that not only looks beautiful but also provides a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors. Don’t be afraid to get creative and add your own favorite fruits, like diced apples, cherries, or blueberries – the possibilities are endless!

Next, we come to the marshmallows – an essential ingredient in any Ambrosia Salad. We’ve opted for mini marshmallows that melt in your mouth and add a touch of whimsy to the dish. They also provide a lovely contrast to the juicy, bursting flavors of the fruit.

Now, let’s talk about the creamy component that ties everything together: the whipped cream. Instead of using store-bought whipped topping, we’re making our own luscious whipped cream with just a touch of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor. The result is a silky, creamy dressing that perfectly coats every morsel of fruit and marshmallow.

Finally, we’re adding a crunchy twist to our Ambrosia Salad with the addition of chopped pecans or walnuts. These nuts not only provide a satisfying crunch but also add a rich, earthy flavor that complements the sweet fruit and marshmallows.

Once you’ve combined all these delicious elements, simply chill your Ambrosia Salad in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let the flavors meld together. The result is a refreshing, creamy, fruity delight that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Ambrosia Salad pairs well with a variety of dishes, especially during warm-weather gatherings or potlucks. It complements grilled meats like chicken, pork, or beef, as well as seafood dishes. It also goes well alongside other cold salads, such as potato salad or pasta salad. Since it’s a sweet and fruity dish, it can also be served as a dessert after a savory meal or even as a refreshing snack on a hot day.

So, are you ready to bring this heavenly Ambrosia Salad to your next gathering? With its irresistible combination of fruit, marshmallows, whipped cream, and nuts, we guarantee it’ll be a hit with everyone who tries it. Happy cooking!

Heavenly Ambrosia Salad

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Chilling time

2

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

135

minutes

A delightfully creamy and fruity Ambrosia Salad that’s perfect for any gathering.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup seedless grapes, halved

  • 1 cup canned pineapple tidbits, drained

  • 1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 cup whipped cream or whipped topping

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grapes, pineapple tidbits, mandarin oranges, shredded coconut, mini marshmallows, and chopped pecans.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the whipped cream or whipped topping, vanilla yogurt, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Pour the whipped cream mixture over the fruit and nut mixture. Gently fold until all ingredients are well coated and combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until well chilled.
  • Before serving, give the salad a gentle stir to redistribute the creamy dressing. Serve chilled.

Notes

  • You can substitute the whipped cream with whipped topping for a lighter version.
  • Feel free to add or substitute other fruits, such as diced apples, cherries, or blueberries.
  • Ambrosia Salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Heavenly Ambrosia Salad pairs well with a variety of dishes, especially during warm-weather gatherings or potlucks. It complements grilled meats like chicken, pork, or beef, as well as seafood dishes. It also goes well alongside other cold salads, such as potato salad or pasta salad. Since it’s a sweet and fruity dish, it can also be served as a dessert after a savory meal or even as a refreshing snack on a hot day.

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