My Nana’s Ambrosia Salad!

Ambrosia Salad, a classic dessert that has been a staple at American gatherings for generations, is truly a dish fit for the gods. Its name, inspired by the mythical food of the Greek deities, perfectly captures the essence of this heavenly treat. With its Southern roots and popularity that surged in the late 19th century, Ambrosia Salad is a creamy, fruity delight that combines an assortment of fruits with fluffy marshmallows and coconut, all bound together by a sweet creamy base.

Versatility at Its Best:

As a light dessert or a sweet side, Ambrosia Salad perfectly complements a range of dishes, from grilled meats to rich casseroles, making it a favorite at potlucks and barbecues.

Enjoy it as part of a brunch menu, where it pairs wonderfully with everything from egg dishes to pastries.

For a contemporary twist, serve it alongside a mixed greens salad for a health-conscious option.

Present it in individual serving cups for an elegant touch at dinners or special occasions.

Ambrosia Salad Recipe


1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained

1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained

1 cup maraschino cherries, halved

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1 cup mini marshmallows

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

1 cup sour cream or whipped topping


In a large bowl, combine pineapple, mandarin oranges, and cherries.

Add coconut, marshmallows, and nuts (if using).

Gently fold in sour cream or whipped topping until well blended.

Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow flavors to meld and marshmallows to soften.

Stir gently before serving. Serve chilled for a refreshing and delightful experience.

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