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Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Classic Ambrosia Salad comes together in minutes and is perfect for picnics, potlucks and parties!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ambrosia
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Tricia


  • 2 cups sour cream (16oz)
  • 1 (20oz) can crushed pineapple (drained but not dry)
  • 1 (16oz) package mini-marshmallows
  • ¾ cup sweetened, shredded (flake) coconut, plus extra for garnish
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup Maraschino cherries, drained with stems removed
  • 1 (15oz) can mandarin orange (drained)


  • In a large mixing bowl fold together the sour cream and drained, crushed pineapple. Add the marshmallows, coconut, walnuts and cherries. Gently fold in the oranges taking care not to smash or break apart.
  • Chill the Ambrosia salad until served. Garnish with additional coconut, chopped nuts or cherries and enjoy.


  • Substitute half full-fat Greek Yogurt for the sour cream, if desired.
  • Cut the cherries in half if desired.
  • Substitute pecan for walnuts, if preferred
  • Use crushed pineapple in juice, not syrup
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. When multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg