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5 from 2 votes

Ambrosia Salad

Light fluffy mixture of pineapple, cherries, marshmallows, oranges and coconut! The perfect side dish recipe that's quick to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 15 ounces can mandarin oranges drained
  • 8 ounces can pineapple tidbits drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows regular or fruit flavored
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries stems removed
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • In a large mixing bowl combine everything except the sour cream.
  • Mix in sour cream to salad mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.


  • I’ve seen versions with chopped nuts like chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts.
  • You can use fresh pineapple and other fresh fruit instead of canned – it just takes more work to prep the fruit!
  • To make it like a fluff dessert salad, you can omit the sour cream and fold in a whipped topping like Cool Whip instead. 
How far in advance can you make it?
You can make it a day in advance and keep it covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re read to serve it.
How long do leftovers keep?
Leftover ambrosia fruit salad will keep for one to two days in the refrigerator. The fruit may start to break down, so it’s best to enjoy it within a day or so of making it.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 897IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg