Ambrosia salad is named after the food of the Gods, so you know that means its good. It’s a delightful, practically celestial indulgent side dish that will be a huge hit with kids and adults.
You will love this Fruit Salad with Marshmallows
Ambrosia salad is one of my favorite fruit salads to make for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Its always a huge hit, and one of the first side dishes to go. Who doesn’t love eating marshmallows with their dinner?!
What is Ambrosia Salad?
Ambrosia salad is a creamy fruit salad covered in a lightly sweetened sour cream, and whipped cream mixture. It’s a classic southern recipe that was named for the food of the Greek and Roman Gods for being so delicious.
Ambrosia Recipe Ingredients
- heavy cream
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
- sour cream
- canned pineapple
- mandarin oranges
- maraschino cherries
- green grapes
- shredded coconut
- mini marshmallows
How to make Ambrosia Fruit Salad
- You’ll need to whip up the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. You can use a hand mix, or your stand mixer, and whip them together till you have nice and stiff peaks.
- Then carefully the sour cream into the mixture, gently blending it together evenly, but making sure to keep the stiffness of the whipped cream.
- Then add in the marshmallows, and all the fruit (make sure all the cans are drained of liquid). Fold the fruit into the creamy mixture carefully to cover it completely and evenly.
- Cover the bowl and place the salad in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
Tips for this Marshmallow Fruit Salad
- The salad tastes best when the flavors are allowed to meddle in the fridge together for at least a few hours, up to over night. It’s a great make ahead option because it actually tastes best after sitting in the fridge, so make it the day before serving if needed.
- If you have any leftovers, the ambrosia salad can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
- You can customize what fruit you mix into the salad based on your tastes. Some other fruit options that would be yummy to add in are bananas, or strawberries.
- You can also add in chopped pecans or walnuts to add a nice crunch to the salad.
- You can use rainbow (fruity) or plain mini marshmallows in the salad.
- If you don’t want to make your own whipped cream, you can substitute cool whip instead. You’ll need about 2 cups of cool whip, which is about 5.3 oz of cool whip.
Ambrosia Recipe Substitutions
- Whipped cream – Instead of making a homemade whipped cream for this recipe you can use cool whip. You’ll want 2 cups of store bought Cool Whip or Whipped Topping.
- Sour Cream – instead of sour cream you can use plain Greek yogurt, or a vanilla Greek yogurt (will be a little sweeter)
- Nuts – Add up to 1 cup of chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts, almonds or pistachios to add a nice crunch to the salad
- Fruit: Instead of using canned pineapple or mandarin oranges you can use fresh fruit. You’ll need to convert the amounts to cups, as the recipe is listed in oz.
How to serve this Ambrosia Dessert
This ambrosia salad is such a yummy fruit salad recipe, that is good enough you can eat it for dessert. Since it’s approved as a side dish, you’ll want it to eat alongside your favorite dinner dishes any day of the year!
How to store Marshmallow Fruit Salad
Ambrosia marshmallow salad always needs to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The cold temperature will help maintain the delicious flavor, and texture of the salad without any issues of spoiling.
It can be stored for about 2 to 3 days.
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Ambrosia Salad (Sour Cream)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 16 oz maraschino cherries
- 20 oz pineapple chunks (drained)
- 15 oz mandarin oranges (drained)
- 1 cup green grapes (cut in half)
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- In a stand mixer, or with a bowl and hand mixer, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract together over high speed until stiff peaks are formed.
- Carefully fold the sour cream into the whipped cream.
- Add the mini marshmallows, shredded coconut, cherries, pineapple, and oranges into the bowl with the whipped cream. Carefully fold them together to cover the fruit and marshmallows in the cream evenly.
- Cover the bowl and place the fruit salad in the fridge for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.