Sweet, creamy and light as air, this Easy Ambrosia Salad Recipe is a party in a bowl. A fun fruit salad loaded with pecans, coconut and marshmallows before being tossed in an ethereal dressing. Fantastic for any occasion!
I’m feeling nostalgic lately with the Patty Melts and Thousand Island Dressing.…I almost feel like it’s throwback month here. I don’t know what it is really but I’ve been craving all the comforts of my childhood all at once. I have so many things to share with you and all I want is Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes. And this Easy Ambrosia Salad recipe…..one of my all-time favorite treats from when I was a wee one. I mean, really….who wouldn’t love a fruit salad tossed with marshmallows and a whipped cream dressing?
If you’re not familiar with Ambrosia Salad then you’re in for a real treat! I’m actually so excited to share this recipe with you because it’s just a fun dish to have at spring and summer gatherings. It’s perfect for Easter, especially with it’s pretty pastel colors and light, sweet flavor. And did you know….Ambrosia is the food of the gods? Well, the Greek gods…I used to be a bit of a Greek mythology nerd so when I heard the word ambrosia in class I would, literally, start to drool. Turns out the Greek gods “ambrosia” wasn’t a fluffy pastel salad made with marshmallows but I still like to think that all who eat this easy Ambrosia Salad will be eternally immortal. I also like to think that this salad will be delivered to me in a gold challis by doves or a nymph. Yes….Greek mythology nerd. Right here.
This Easy Ambrosia Salad recipe is incredibly simple to make. You can use Cool Whip if time is tight but I urge you to make your own whipped cream. It takes under a minute and it’s so easy to do. I like to add a bit of vanilla to the whipped cream before folding in some sour cream. I know, it sounds a bit odd but just do it. Trust me. The you just toss the dressing with your pineapple, mandarin oranges, cherries, pecans, marshmallows and shredded coconut. Allow the flavors to mellow for about an hour….if you can….I cannot, I was elbow deep in the bowl by the time the last marshmallow was coated. It’s sooooo amazingly good. And quick. And easy. And maybe not delivered by doves but it’s pretty darn epic for a simple dessert-y fruit salad.
Easy Ambrosia Salad Recipe
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup multi-colored mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup sliced maraschino cherries, plus a few whole cherries for garnish
- In a medium bowl, beat the sugar, cream and vanilla with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in the sour cream, set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together the oranges, pineapple, pecans, coconut, marshmallows and cherries.
- Fold the dressing into the salad. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Serve with the remaining cherries.