Go Back
+ servings
4.75 from 4 votes
Front shot of ambrosia salad recipe in a glass serving dish
Ambrosia Salad Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins

A simple Southern side dish, this Ambrosia Salad recipe comes together in 5 minutes with just 6 ingredients!

Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Ambrosia, ambrosia salad, ambrosia salad recipe
Servings: 6 - 8 servings
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 cup shredded coconut*
  • 1 cup sour cream
  1. In a large bowl, gently stir together all of the ingredients.
Recipe Notes

*I used unsweetened coconut, but any kind will work fine.

  • Make sure that you drain the fruit really well so that you don't have a watery ambrosia salad.
  • Gently fold together the salad ingredients so that you don't smash the cherries and oranges.
  • I like the rich creaminess of a full-fat sour cream, but you can also substitute with low-fat sour cream for a lighter option. As an alternative, try making your ambrosia salad with yogurt (if you do this, I would recommend a plain, whole milk Greek-style yogurt).
  • Can ambrosia salad be made the day before? Yes -- you can prepare this salad up to 24 hours in advance. I find that the ambrosia is best, however, when enjoyed within 4-6 hours of preparation. The fruit releases liquid as it sits, so the sour cream dressing becomes thinner the longer that it stays in your refrigerator.
  • How long does ambrosia salad last? The fruit salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Can ambrosia salad be frozen? No, I don't recommend freezing this salad, because the sour cream may "break" when thawed and the fruit will have an odd, mushy texture.
  • Is ambrosia salad healthy? Nope -- not particularly! This is a treat that is meant to be enjoyed on special occasions (not as a replacement for fresh fruit). One serving of the salad has about 300 calories.
Nutrition Facts
Ambrosia Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /6 of the salad)
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.3g
Cholesterol 16.9mg6%
Sodium 36.1mg2%
Potassium 137.1mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3.5g15%
Sugar 29.3g33%
Protein 2.8g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.