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Easy Ambrosia Salad Recipe

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This easy Ambrosia Salad recipe is a great Picnic Salad recipe for the season. Made with fresh fruit and fruit cocktail swirled in slightly sweet cream. It is also a family favorite as my mother and grandmother used to make this salad for gatherings and celebrations. 

Ambrosia Fruit Salad can be changed up with other fruits to make a festive and seasonal side dish. Be sure to check out muy timesaving tips after the recipe. 

Ambrosia Salad Recipe
























It’s the outdoor concert season!  It has been a while since I have shared a recipe. Today I am sharing a simple recipe for a salad that I have been eating since I was a little girl. When I was a kid I would see ambrosia salad at every Tupperware party, shower, or party that I attended.

I really miss seeing this salad as it truly reminds me of my childhood. What I like about the salad is that it’s a way to get lots of great fruit and it can be put together rather quickly. It’s also nice because you can make it the day before you need it. It is also very transportable, making it perfect for trips to the park, beach, or an outdoor summer concert.


Speaking about our concerts, last weekend I finally got to see Bruno Mars in concert. What a fun evening that was!! Bruno and Pharrell performed at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday. You have never been to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, let me tell you it’s a beautiful outdoor location and worth visiting for a concert. Pharrell opened up for Bruno Mars and he was amazing.

























The reason I mention the concert is that the Hollywood Bowl has picnic areas so that attendees can picnic at the bowl before the concerts. So that’s my roundabout way to get back to this recipe because it is perfect for an event like this.

My recipe has no added sugar and I make mine with plain whipping cream, not heavy whipping cream to reduce the sugar content.

Ambrosia Salad

What I love about this salad is that it is truly delicious and it brings back so many memories of days gone by.

How to make ambrosia salad

Variations on this Ambrosia Salad recipe:

You can also add chopped apples, bananas, and/or nuts to this salad, as it is very versatile. Apples and bananas should be added right before serving to prevent browning.

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Ambrosia Salad


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Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword ambrosia, classic, dessert, marshmallow, picnic, salad, side dish, Watergate, Seafoam, Jello, Pistachio, Fluff


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (I do not use heavy, just regular whipping cream)
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, washed and sliced
  • 1 15.25 oz can fruit cocktail
  • 1 11oz can mandarin oranges
  • 3/4 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut


  • In a mixing bowl or stand up mixer, beat whipping cream until peaks are stiff. Set aside.
  • Drain the fruit cocktail and oranges really well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix grapes, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges and coconut together.
  • Fold whipping cream into the fruit.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

timesaving tips to streamline recipes

  • It is best to cover this salad when chilling to preserve the flavors.
  • You do not have to cut the grapes in half but I always do so that they are easier to eat.
  • Make this salad the day before.

Serve and enjoy!

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What is your favorite salad for an outdoor concert or picnic?




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