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This is the best Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad (Video Recipe)

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Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad is a creamy fruit salad filled with pineapple, mandarins, coconut, and miniature marshmallows. Use either fresh or canned fruit in this easy recipe with a simple homemade whipped cream. It’s so delicious it is considered the food of the Gods, hence the name Ambrosia Salad.

July 15, 2021.- Ambrosia Salad is a classic side dish recipe. It is always found at large family holiday dinners and potlucks, and it never lasts very long. Everyone always takes a giant serving, and there are certainly never any leftovers. It is just that dang good. We are making ambrosia salad entirely from scratch! Depending on how big of a crowd you’re feeding, you may want to double this recipe, because you are going to love it!

This fruit salad originated in the late 1800s when tropical climate fruits like citrus and coconut were considered exotic treats. Because this would have been an expensive luxury dish, they considered it to be the food of the Gods, naming the dish after the Greek God, Ambrosia, the God of food and drink. The original recipes were nothing more than citrus pieces, shredded coconut, and sugar. The dish has evolved over time to include other fruits, a creamy topping, miniature marshmallows, and sometimes nuts.

Ambrosia salad with a wooden spoon in the bowl.
Photo: (Stay at home Chef)


Which fruits you add are a matter of personal preference, with the only real requirements being the use of citrus, usually mandarin oranges, and coconut. Here are the fruit options most commonly found in an Ambrosia Salad:

  • Mandarin Orange Slices (fresh or canned)
  • Shredded Coconut (freshly shredded or coconut flakes)
  • Pineapple Chunks (fresh or canned)
  • Banana Slices
  • Strawberries (quartered or sliced)
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Diced Peaches (fresh or canned)
  • Diced Pears (fresh or canned)
  • Grapes


Nuts are a popular addition to ambrosia salad, but completely optional. Walnuts and pecans are most common, and you would want to add 1 cup of them, chopped. If you are serving this to a crowd, beware of nut allergies and ensure that the dish is labeled as containing nuts or that the guests are all informed.


You can use either sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes in this recipe. If you have a sweet tooth, you may prefer sweetened flakes, but either will be delicious!


You can use either standard mini marshmallows, or mini pastel-colored marshmallows, also sometimes known as Funmallows or Fruity Funmallows. Either works in this recipe, and it is simply up to your own personal taste preferences.

Ambrosia salad in a small bowl.
Photo: (Stay at home Chef)


You can make this recipe in its entirety up to 24 hours ahead of time. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Ambrosia salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube.

Prep Time15 mins

Total Time15 mins

Course: Dessert, Salad, Side

Servings: 8 servings 

Calories: 285kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups mandarin orange slices , canned or fresh
  • 1 1/2 cups diced pineapple , canned or fresh
  • 2 medium bananas sliced
  • 1 pound strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes , or shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt


  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together oranges, pineapple, bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes, and lemon juice. Then, add in marshmallows.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to whip cream and vanilla extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar and cornstarch. Continue whipping until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Fold in yogurt.
  • Add whipped cream into the fruit bowl. Toss to coat until ingredients are evenly dispersed throughout the salad. Chill until ready to serve.


Other fruit options include:

  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Diced Peaches (fresh or canned)
  • Diced Pears (fresh or canned)
  • Grapes (halved)


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 497IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

Source: Stay at home Chef

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