Ambrosia Salad is a classic fruit salad that’s been around since the days of potlucks. This easy fruit salad is perfection with a sweet and fluffy whipped cream dressing, soft mini marshmallows and colorful fruit.
The irresistible salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, marshmallows, coconut, and chopped pecans. A mixture of creamy vanilla Greek yogurt and whipped topping brings it all together to create a salad that dreams are made of.
Easy Classic Marshmallow Fruit Salad
This quick and easy side dish recipe can be whipped together quickly which makes it a perfect side dish for holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or anytime you want a delicious and fruity side.
Ambrosia salad is also a terrific alternative to dessert and the perfect addition to a brunch buffet.
I couldn’t get enough of this cool whip marshmallow salad when I was a kid and that hasn’t changed all that much over the years.
How to Make Ambrosia Salad
I think everyone from the South has eaten this delightful fruit salad at a potluck or holiday meal. It’s one of those fantastic dump, stir, chill and go kind of recipes.
There are lots of different versions of Ambrosia and everyone has their favorite, but this version is what I grew up on with the addition of vanilla Greek yogurt which really takes the creaminess of this fruit salad up a notch.
Fruit Mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, and maraschino cherries come together for a colorful fruit salad.
Marshmallows Mini marshmallows give ambrosia salad a wonderful sweetness and fluffy texture.
Crunch The little bit of crunch you get from shredded coconut and chopped pecans lends to perfection.
Dressing A creamy dressing is made by combining whipped topping and vanilla Greek yogurt.
Combine all ingredients, refrigerate and serve chilled.
For your convenience, a printable recipe card with ingredient list, directions and nutrition information is located at the bottom of this page.
Can you make Ambrosia Salad ahead of time?
It is always best to let fruit salads chill in the refrigerator before serving. You can make this salad the morning of or night before serving.
How long can you keep Ambrosia Salad in the fridge?
A properly stored fruit salad can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Classic Ambrosia Salad
- large bowl
- 15 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
- 20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained
- 12 oz. jar maraschino cherries (without stems), drained
- 6 oz. container vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 8 oz. tub whipped topping, thawed
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- In a large bowl, gently mix the drained mandarin oranges, pineapple and cherries. Stir in yogurt, marshmallows, pecans and coconut. Using a spatula, gently fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve chilled.
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