Light and fluffy Ambrosia Salad is a classic dessert made with Cool Whip and sour cream tossed with fruit, coconut and marshmallows.

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Ambrosia Salad is a classic southern dessert and I can still remember it, or sometimes Watergate salad, being a part of every holiday dinner or potluck gathering when I was growing up.

It’s a light and fluffy marshmallow fruit salad made with sweet mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, fruity marshmallows, bright maraschino cherries, and sweetened, shredded coconut, all tossed in a mix of Cool Whip and sour cream. 

It’s an easy make-ahead fruit salad that you can make the night before, in fact you SHOULD make it the night before, and pull out when guests arrive.

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What is Ambrosia Salad?

Ambrosia Salad is a marshmallow fruit salad that is a classic southern dessert. It has many variations, some use Cool Whip, others use whipped cream, some have sour cream, some use yogurt, pudding or cream cheese. All have fruit and most include pineapple, mandarin oranges, and sweetened coconut. Other ingredients can include maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries, and pecans.

How ever you make it this delicious fruit salad is a simple side dish…or dessert, to make for holiday parties and summer potlucks.

How to Make Ambrosia Salad:

  1. In a large bowl combine Cool Whip and sour cream, stirring until combined.
  2. Gently fold in fruit-flavored marshmallows, shredded coconut, pineapple, and maraschino cherries, and pecans (if using). 
  3. Add mandarin oranges last and gently fold in.
  4. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours preferably overnight before serving.

Can I use Whipped Cream Instead of Cool Whip?

Yes, if you would like you can make homemade whipped cream and fold it into the salad in place of Cool Whip.

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins

Ambrosia Salad

Light and fluffy Ambrosia Salad is a classic dessert made with Cool Whip and sour cream tossed with fruit, coconut and marshmallows.
Ambrosia Salad no bake dessert
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine Cool Whip and sour cream, stirring until combined.
  • Gently fold in fruit-flavored marshmallows, shredded coconut, pineapple, and maraschino cherries, and pecans (if using).
  • Add mandarin oranges last and gently fold in.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours preferably overnight before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 59mg, Potassium: 229mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 7.3%, Vitamin C: 16.7%, Calcium: 8%, Iron: 4.1%
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic ambrosia salad, easy dessert recipe, marshmallow fruit salad