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Ambrosia Salad  

Posted by Denise on September 16, 2011

ambrosia salad in blue bowl

Ambrosia Salad is great for when you are expecting company and uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

Ambrosia Salad is one of my mom’s favorite salads. She made if for us many times when we were kids and we always ate it up. Glenn and Andy love Ambrosia Salad, too. It is refreshing and light, making it a really nice balance to a filling main dish. It is simple to make, uses ingredients we always have on hand, and tastes really good.

Even though the ingredients are unusual to pair together, they combine to make a salad that tastes completely different from any one of the ingredients. Although it can be made and served right away, we like it best when we make it ahead of time and refrigerate it. It firms up a little and the flavors meld.

The recipe is easy to double or triple without altering the taste. Mom makes it without the cherries, but we think it looks pretty and we like the taste. Play with the amount of sour cream to get the consistency you like. You can thin it out a little with some of the pineapple juice. Mom’s original recipe calls for canned coconut, but we make it both ways with canned or shredded in bags. The shredded needs a little of the pineapple juice to moisten it for the texture to be right. Only a tablespoon or so.

Another good thing about Ambrosia Salad is that you can use low fat sour cream and fresh pineapple if you prefer without sacrificing flavor and texture.



Ambrosia Salad

Makes 4 servings


ambrosia salad ingredients 

Ingredients for Ambrosia Salad




1           #2 (20 oz.) can of pineapple chunks, drained but reserve
             some juice


1           Small can or half of a 14 oz. bag of sweetened coconut 
              flakes (drain canned)


½          10.5 oz. bag of miniature marshmallows


1-1 ½    Cups sour cream


15-20    Maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half (optional)


1           Tablespoon or so reserved pineapple juice, if needed to
              thin mixture slightly





1.  Place the coconut, drained pineapple chunks, and marshmallows in a large bowl. Stir to mix together.



 ambrosia salad coconut and marshmallows   ambrosia salad ingredients in bowl



2.    Add the sour cream, enough to moisten all of the ingredients in the bowl, and stir everything together. If needed, add a little of the reserved pineapple juice to thin the sour cream slightly.



ambrosia salad mixing everything 



3.  Add the cut cherries (optional) and mix into the salad. Refrigerate until needed. Serve and enjoy.



 ambrosia salad adding cherries




ambrosia salad in clear bowl 




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