Ambrosia Salad: An Old-School Dessert

April 10, 2022
Ambrosia Salad

Hey, y’all! I love old school recipes. Maybe it’s because I was taught to cook by the matriarchs of my family. Maybe it’s just because they are downright delicious. That said, I’m excited to bring you the recipe for my Aunt JJ’s Ambrosia Salad today. It’s light, fluffy, and the perfect warm weather recipe. I hope y’all love it just as much as I have my entire life!

This recipe stems from my Auntie JJ and is a part of a larger series, #CookingLikeJJ, which you can read more about here.

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Ambrosia Salad: An Old-School Dessert

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ambrosia salad?

Ambrosia salad is an old-school American dessert made with frozen whipped topping, fruit, sour cream, marshmallows, coconut, and pecans. It’s delicious!

What’s the key to making good ambrosia salad?

You absolutely must fully drain the fruit – that’ll ensure that the salad has the correct consistency. If you want the salad sweeter, you can add sugar.

I’m allergic to nuts – can I still make ambrosia salad?

Absolutely. The pecans are optional (we just like them a lot down here in the South).

Ambrosia Salad

Shopping List, Ingredients: Ambrosia Salad

  • frozen whipped topping
  • sour cream
  • shaved coconut
  • mini marshmallows
  • canned mandarin oranges
  • fruit cocktail
  • canned pineapple (chunks or crushed)
  • maraschino cherries
  • pecans
  • sugar, optional
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How To Make Ambrosia Salad

  1. Drain all fruit (oranges, fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries). Chop pecans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sour cream, coconut, mini marshmallows, oranges, fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and pecans. Mix until well-combined. Fold in frozen whipped topping until the salad has fully incorporated.
  3. Taste and add sugar if you’d like it sweeter.
  4. Refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving. Garnish with additional pecans + cherries, if desired.
Ambrosia Salad

Other Desserts You’ll Love

  1. Watergate Salad
  2. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
  3. Honey Poundcake
Ambrosia Salad

The Recipe

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

JC Phelps
A recipe of decades past that is just as delicious now as ever – Ambrosia Salad. This fruit-based dessert is light, fluffy, and oh-so-good!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12 servings
Calories 349 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. frozen whipped topping 1 tub
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 c. shaved coconut
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 can mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 can fruit cocktail drained
  • 1 can pineapple chunks or crushed, drained
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries drained
  • 1 c. pecans chopped
  • sugar optional

Instructions
 

  • Drain all fruit (oranges, fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries). Chop pecans.
  • In a large bowl, combine sour cream, coconut, mini marshmallows, oranges, fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and pecans. Mix until well-combined. Fold in frozen whipped topping until the salad has fully incorporated.
  • Taste and add sugar if you’d like it sweeter.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving. Garnish with additional pecans + cherries, if desired.

Nutrition

Sodium: 37mgCalcium: 62mgVitamin C: 7mgVitamin A: 253IUSugar: 24gFiber: 5gPotassium: 222mgCholesterol: 9mgCalories: 349kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 24gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 35gIron: 1mg
Keyword ambrosia salad, desserts
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About the Series: Cooking Like JJ

My Auntie JJ was the quintessential southern woman. She was classy, tasteful, always refined; an amazing cook and hostess; and did everything that she balanced – teaching, running businesses, raising a family, and keeping an immaculate home – with ease. She is one of the main inspirations behind JCP Eats, as she was the one who taught me about timeless, southern food and entertaining. When JJ passed away, I planned this series as a way to pay homage to her 91 years here on Earth; in a way, it’s a form of mourning – in another, it seems like my final gift to her. I hope y’all will enjoy this deep dive into the culinary archives of my family + Phelps Acres Farm. While I’ll never be able to cook as good as JJ, I can only strive to cook like JJ (hence the title of the series). Learn more here.

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Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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