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Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad is a quick and easy classic dessert or side dish that's popular for holidays and potlucks, but it's too good not to enjoy more often!
Prep Time15 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 8 (1 cup each)
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!


  • cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, or pineapple tidbits, well-drained
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, well-drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, without stems, well-drained
  • 1 cup halved seedless grapes, red or green
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows


  • Place the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip until soft peaks form (the consistency should be similar to Cool Whip).
  • Add the sour cream and gently fold it into the whipped cream.
  • Add the pineapple, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, grapes, coconut, and marshmallows; gently stir until well-combined (be careful not to break up the fruit or deflate the whipped cream).
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving to chill and to allow the flavors to blend and the marshmallows to soften a bit.
  • Serve cold and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute one 8-ounce container of Cool Whip or Truwhip, thawed, for the homemade whipped cream (omit the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla from the recipe).
  • Make sure the fruit is well-drained so the salad doesn't become watery.
  • This salad is at its best the day it is made, but it will last in the fridge for about three days before everything will begin to soften up too much and become watery, so enjoy it quickly!
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