The Amazing Ambrosia Salad

Prepare to be transported to a tropical paradise as we explore the creation of the Amazing Ambrosia Salad. This delightful concoction is a medley of vibrant fruits, fluffy marshmallows, and creamy coconut, coming together to create a symphony of flavors and textures. Join me on this culinary escapade as we embark on a journey to craft a salad that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also captures the essence of summer in every spoonful.



Gather the sunshine-infused ingredients to create this Amazing Ambrosia Salad:

  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup of mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 1 cup of red or green grapes, halved
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut, sweetened
  • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
  • 1/2 cup of maraschino cherries, drained and halved
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts (optional for added crunch)


  1. Prep and Drain:
    • If using fresh pineapple, peel and cut it into bite-sized chunks. If using canned pineapple, drain the chunks.
    • Drain the mandarin orange segments and maraschino cherries, ensuring they are free of excess liquid.
  2. Mixing the Fruits:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pineapple chunks, mandarin orange segments, halved grapes, and maraschino cherries. Gently toss the fruits to create a colorful base.
  3. Add the Fluffiness:
    • Sprinkle the shredded coconut and mini marshmallows over the fruit mixture. These ingredients add a delightful fluffiness to the salad, making each bite a texture-rich experience.
  4. Creamy Bliss:
    • In a separate bowl, mix the sour cream and whipped topping until well combined. This creamy blend becomes the luscious dressing that binds the fruits and marshmallows together.
  5. Incorporate the Creamy Dressing:
    • Pour the creamy mixture over the fruit and marshmallow blend. Gently fold everything together until the fruits are evenly coated with the creamy dressing.
  6. Optional Crunch:
    • For those who crave a bit of crunch, add chopped pecans or walnuts to the salad. This optional addition introduces a delightful nuttiness that complements the other textures.
  7. Chill and Marinate:
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the Amazing Ambrosia Salad chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. This chilling period allows the flavors to meld, creating a harmonious blend of tropical goodness.
  8. Serve with a Smile:
    • Once chilled, give the salad a final gentle toss before serving. Spoon generous portions into bowls or onto plates, and garnish with a sprinkle of coconut or a few extra cherries for a festive touch.



For a citrusy twist, consider adding a zest of lime or orange to the creamy dressing. This infusion adds a bright, refreshing note that enhances the tropical experience.



  • Freshness Matters: Use fresh, ripe fruits for the best flavor. If using canned fruits, ensure they are well-drained to prevent excess liquid in the salad.
  • Chill for Flavor Fusion: The chilling time isn’t just for temperature; it allows the flavors to meld and intensify, turning the Amazing Ambrosia Salad into a true tropical delight.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste the creamy dressing before adding it to the fruits. If you prefer a sweeter profile, consider adding a tablespoon of powdered sugar or a drizzle of honey to the dressing.



As you savor the spoonfuls of the Amazing Ambrosia Salad, relish in the tropical symphony playing on your palate. The combination of juicy fruits, fluffy marshmallows, and creamy coconut creates a refreshing and satisfying experience that embodies the essence of summer. Share this delightful creation at picnics, potlucks, or simply as a sweet escape on a warm afternoon. The Amazing Ambrosia Salad is more than a dish; it’s a taste of sunshine in a bowl, a celebration of the vibrant flavors that make summer truly amazing.

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