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Easy Ambrosia Salad

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Enjoy this Easy Ambrosia Salad recipe!

I love fresh scents and bright flavors in my world.

That’s one reason this classic ambrosia fruit salad is one of my favorite things to eat — it reminds me of childhood and is bursting with fruit.

Easy Ambrosia Salad

Let me explain why it reminds me of childhood…

When I was a little girl, I was blessed to spend a lot of time with my grandparents.

My mom is an only child and I was the only grandchild for 11 years.

It was a unique situation that I can more fully appreciate now that I’m an adult.

As a child, I didn’t realize how special and rare our relationship was or how incredibly lucky I was.

My grandparents completely adore me — and I them.

They offered me all sorts of amazing life experiences to enjoy.

Some adventures were grand: like a private airplane ride or a trip to Disney.

Some adventures were smaller: like bike rides around the neighborhood or making special treats together in the kitchen.

But all the adventures — big or little — were amazing and memorable because we did them together.

Now I’m grown and busy with my own kids.

My grandparents live only ten minutes down the road and we still love to spend time together.

My boys love spending time with them as well — I love seeing them all interact together.

Many of my favorite recipes come from my Nannie’s recipe box.

She has many delicious recipes that our whole family enjoys. Like the ambrosia salad we’re talking about today.

A few days ago, I put my little troop to work cleaning up the house and picking up their playroom.

Their playroom is a diaster most the time… I’m sure many mamas can relate!

I told the boys that if they would be my good helpers, we’d have time to make a snack together in the kitchen.

I had a plan in mind: I wanted to make my Nannie’s  Ambrosia salad recipe.

Happily, my plan worked. The playroom got picked up (yippee!) and then we were able to head into the kitchen to make this treat together.

How to Make Ambrosia Salad

What is Ambrosia Salad?

Ambrosia is a variation of a traditional fruit salad. Most ambrosia recipes contain pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut and miniature marshmallows.

Some identify it as a Southern treat.

I identify it as incredibly delicious and I’m sure after one bite, you’ll agree.

Best Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Ambrosia Salad Ingredients

For this ambrosia salad recipe, you will need these ingredients:

  • cream cheese
  • whipped topping
  • mandarin oranges
  • crushed pineapple
  • maraschino cherries
  • marshmallows
  • shredded coconut
  • chopped walnuts

Some variations use sour cream, Jello, cottage cheese or suggest making it with yogurt.

Of course, I think my Nannie’s recipe is the best and most traditional of these options. 😉

Oh, it’s so heavenly!

(Check out this pistachio salad for another fun classic fluff salad recipe we all love!)

How to Make Ambrosia Salad

I love how simple this treat is to put together.

It only takes a few minutes and my guys love to help me with it.

In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese on low until smooth.

Add the whipped topping, a third at a time, mixing on low speed.

Stir in oranges, pineapple, cherries, coconut and marshmallows.

Spoon into serving bowl and garnish with chopped walnuts and cherries.

My boys sometimes prefer me to leave off the walnuts. I’ve also used slivered almonds before and they were good as well.

If you don’t eat all the salad in one serving, just scoop into an airtight container and store in the fridge. It’ll last for a few days.

Ambrosia Salad

I love how colorful it looks in the serving glasses. Light, fluffy and flavorful.

And those cherries! Such beautiful bursts of color and yumminess on top.

There may have been times that I’ve eaten it straight from the mixing bowl and it never made it to the cute serving glasses. It’s that good. 😉

(You might like to make this Banana Pudding as well — it’s another classic treat we love!)

I suggest you make this ambrosia salad to enjoy with your family soon… you won’t be disappointed.

Easy Ambrosia Salad
5 from 2 votes

Easy Ambrosia Salad

Enjoy this easy Ambrosia Salad that is both colorful and delicious!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 397 kcal


  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • 1 container whipped topping
  • 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 12 ounce jar maraschino cherries drained and cut in half (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • chopped walnuts


  1. In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese on low until smooth.
  2. Add the whipped topping, a third at a time, mixing on low speed.
  3. Stir in oranges, pineapple, cherries, coconut and marshmallows.
  4. Spoon into serving bowl and garnish with chopped walnuts and cherries.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Ambrosia Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Easy Ambrosia Salad

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.


    1. Hannah Griffin

      May 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      This Ambrosia salad is the best I have ever had!

    2. Tin Lopez

      May 21, 2018 at 2:15 am

      It is simple to make. My family enjoyed this Ambrosia salad!

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