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Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

Now this is the salad that dreams are made of. This heavenly, colorful fruit salad loaded with fruits, nuts, coconut, and fruit-flavored marshmallows is sweet yet tangy and creamy yet crunchy for a uniquely delicious dessert. A light and airy sweet treat, this old school throwback Southern recipe is typically served on holidays, but is also perfect for potlucks and parties or to complement a hot summer cookout. Though seemingly strange to those who’ve never tried it, this naturally gluten-free recipe is super simple, can be whipped up in no time, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Southern Ambrosia Fruit Salad


Ambrosia Fruit Salad

  • 1 20oz can pineapple tidbits, well drained

  • 1 15oz can mandarin oranges, well drained

  • 1 (8oz) container whipped topping, thawed (like Cool Whip)

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, stems removed and halved

  • 1 cup green grapes, halved

  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped

  • 2 cups mini fruit-flavored marshmallows

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


Ambrosia Fruit Salad

  1. Set a large strainer or colander in the sink. Add the pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges and allow to drain completely, shaking a few times to get any excess liquid off.

  2. In a medium bowl, add the whipped topping and sour cream, and stir together until combined.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the drained fruit with the cherries, grapes, nuts, marshmallows, and coconut.

  4. Gently fold the whipped topping mixture into the fruit and nut mixture until evenly incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the salad for at least two hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with additional coconut and/or nuts, if desired, and enjoy.

Barth Bakery has a wide variety of summer treats and desserts…some that are light and bright, others that are cool and refreshing, and many that feature fresh seasonal fruit. If you’re looking for an easy treat to pack up and bring to a pool party, barbecue, or picnic, or just on the hunt for the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day, this list has something for everyone.

No-bake desserts are perfect for summer or for when you want a sweet treat, but just don’t feel like turning on the oven. They're quick, easy, and delicious. Nothing beats a refreshing, cool treat after a long day in the hot sun. Satisfy your sweet tooth and cool off with this variety of dreamy no-bake creations that can chill in the fridge or freezer until you need them.

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