Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, coconut,  and marshmallows and mixed in a fluffy cool whip!  This is a potluck classic! 

Quick and easy side dish that can be made in minutes with ingredients that are on hand! Creamy Grape Salad Recipe, Best Ever Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon or Classic Potato Salad Recipe are a few more of my go-to potluck side dishes.

Ambrosia Salad

Now I am going to be the first to admit that I am not above cool whip or marshmallows in a fruit salad.  I mean, we grew up on this Pistachio Salad when I was little.  And no potluck is complete in Utah without a cool whip marshmallow salad.  I love them!

I am always making Ambrosia Salads for potlucks.  Why haven’t I put this out on the blog until now!?  This is a true potluck classic.

I love how it is filled with pineapple, cherries, mandarin oranges, crunchy pecans and mixed into a cool whip sour cream fluff of glory!  ha!   No potluck is complete without this cool and creamy summer salad and I know that your family is going to love it!

How Do You Make Ambrosia Salad?

  • In a large mixing bowl add cool whip and sour cream and mix.
  • Fold in pineapple, cherries, mandarin oranges, coconut, chopped pecans, and marshmallows until combined.
  • Cover and chill for at least an hour or overnight.

What is Ambrosia Salad?

Ambrosia is an American variety of fruit salad. Most ambrosia recipes contain: canned or fresh pineapple, canned mandarin orange slices or fresh orange sections, miniature marshmallows, and coconut.

Can you make Ambrosia Salad a day ahead?

You can make ambrosia salad a day ahead.  It is always best to let fruit salads chill to let the cream settle and fruits to chill.

How long can you keep Ambrosia Salad in the fridge?

Properly stored fruit salads will last 3-5 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze Ambrosia Salad?

You can; however I do not recommend it. You will want to place the Ambrosia Salad in a airtight container. Serve while it is still frozen with an ice cream scoop or something similar.

Leave the Ambrosia Salad in the fridge to defrost if you would like to enjoy it fresh. Add the Mandarin oranges after it is defrosted.

What can you substitute cool whip with?

Mix 1/3 cup softened butter with 3/4 cup milk for a whipping cream substitute. Using an electric mixer will help achieve the desired consistency. This is not a dairy-free option, but it works if you are out of whipping cream and need it for a recipe. This ratio is the equivalent of 1 cup of cream.

What can you substitute sour cream with?

Go for whole-milk Greek yogurt: The yogurt closest in texture and flavor to regular sour cream is whole-milk Greek yogurt. While you can use plain regular yogurtinstead, it might be worthwhile to strain some of the liquid out of it first so that it thickens up slightly.

Can you use fresh fruit?

Yes! Fresh fruit will taste great with this salad. You will want to pat the fruit dry before adding it to the salad.

What other ingredients can be added to the Ambrosia Salad?

  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Grapes
  • Banana
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews

Looking for more delicious potluck salads?!  Look no further:

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

4 from 1 vote

Prep Time 10 minutes

Servings 6 people

Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, coconut, and marshmallows and mixed in a fluffy cool whip! This is a potluck classic!

  • 8 ounce cool whip thawed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (15 ounccan mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries without stems, sliced in half
  • 3 cup marshmallows I like using the multi-colored flavored marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup pecans chopped
  1. In a large mixing bowl add thawed cool whip and sour cream and stir until combined. Add in the mandarin oranges, pineapple, cherries, marshmallows, coconut and pecans.

  2. Stir until combined and chill salad for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

Amount Per Serving (6 people)

Calories 374 Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 20g 31%

Saturated Fat 9g 45%

Cholesterol 16mg 5%

Sodium 112mg 5%

Potassium 169mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%

Dietary Fiber 2g 8%

Sugars 35g

Protein 4g 8%

Vitamin A 3.7%

Vitamin C 0.2%

Calcium 7.3%

Iron 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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