This simple ambrosia salad recipe is one that most people have probably eaten at some point in time in their life but never really knew that exact name of what it was called. We like to make this during the warmer months of the year because something about it just screams “summer”.
Creating this simple dish and taking out with you on a picnic or just putting up your feet and enjoying a bowl full after dinner sounds like a great way to relax and fill your tummy with goodness.
What do we love about this easy dessert salad? Beside the fact that it is made in one bowl, it is almost fool proof. You can not make a mistake when you make this dessert salad. They are loved by all! And are a perfect addition to parties, potlucks, barbecues.
What Is In Ambrosia Salad?
Ambrosia is a traditional fruit salad that’s become a classic Southern recipe that’s usually served at Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s also served for any get together or any excuse you can think of to eat it! Here are some of the yummies in the salad.
Here are some of the yummies in the salad.
- mandarin oranges
- crushed pineapple
- sweetened coconut
- maraschino cherries
- marshmallows- we prefer multi colored
- chopped nuts
- Cool Whip
- sour cream
How to make your salad:
In a large bowl, fold together whipped topping and sour cream until smooth
Fold in oranges, pineapples and cherries
Fold in marshmallows, nuts and coconut until well blended
Transfer to smaller bowl and cover with plastic wrap
Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving
Store leftovers in refrigerator
Nuts and sour cream in Ambrosia Salad?
I know some people don’t care for nuts so you can certainly leave them out. We think they add a nice crunch. The sour cream goes really well in offsetting the sweetness of the Cool Whip. You can leave it out if you like.
Why is it called ambrosia salad?
“Ambrosia” is actually a word that was termed by the Roman Gods and Greeks back in the day. It means food of the Greek gods and was typically a dessert that was reserved for special occasions or even as a special holiday dish.
Can you make this salad the day ahead?
You sure can! I would suggest you do as a matter of fact. It’s best to let this salad sit for at least a few of hours before serving. But you could make it in the morning or even the day before you plan on serving it.
How long will the leftovers of this salad last?
As long as you’re storing it properly in the fridge, the leftovers should be good for up to 3 days. After that, you might notice that it gets a little liquid from the fruit and doesn’t appear to be quite as appealing. (but I wouldn’t worry – you’ll eat it up long before that anyway!)
Since you only need 8 simple ingredients to make this dessert salad, there’s no reason why it can’t be done! Give it a try. You’re going to love the taste and flavor just like we do!
OTHER DESSERT RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE:
- 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping, thawed
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained well
- 1 20 oz. can tidbits pineapple, drained well - or use crushed pineapple
- 1 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries, drained, rinsed, cut in half
- 1 cup sweetened coconut
- 2 cups mini marshmallows, white or multi-colored
- 1 cup chopped nuts - walnuts or pecans (optional)
- In a large bowl, fold together whipped topping and sour cream until smooth
- Fold in oranges, pineapples and cherries
- Fold in marshmallows, nuts and coconut until well blended
- Transfer to smaller bowl and cover with plastic wrap
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving
- Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 3 days