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Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Ambrosia fruit salad has become one of my favorite salads.  So many delicious fruits are used to make this recipe.  Make this for your next family gathering.

You can also serve fruit and dip for snacking before your meal is done.

TIP: I would suggest that you do not add the bananas or marshmallows until just before you serve it.  What happens is the marshmallows will dissolve and the bananas may brown if you don’t dip them in lemon juice.

You can substitute and add a can of drained fruit cocktail in if you prefer.

Are Fresh Fruits Used To This Salad?

You can use fresh fruits to make the ambrosia salad, but it is typically uses canned fruits.  Either will work.  And obviously fresh bananas are used, not canned.

What Fruits Are Used?

We use mandarin oranges, pineapples, strawberries and bananas.  Sometimes fresh grapes are used that have been cut in half and maraschino cherries are also used.  In a pinch, you could even add in drained fruit cocktail to make this recipe as well.

coconut ambrosia salad

Do You Have To Add Marshmallows To The Salad?

Mini Marshmallows add a sweetness to the salad that is needed.  You can use colorful marshmallows or plain white.  Whatever you can find at the store is fine.

ambrosia fruit salad with marshmallows

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Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Fruit salad? It's so yummy! Ambrosia fruit salad is an easy dish to pass no cooking required. So good, you'll want to make it just because.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 2 10.7 ounce cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 16 ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 4 bananas chopped into 1/2" slices & sprinkled with lemon juice (so they don't brown
  • 1 pound strawberries chopped into pieces
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 bag coconut flakes
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows (need to be added just before serving)


  • In a large bowl,  add the drained oranges, drained pineapple and sour cream and mix until the sour cream dissolves.
  • Add the strawberries and mix.
  • Add the coconut and bananas and mix.
  • Before serving, add the marshmallows and mix. (the marshmallows melt as time passes)

Fruit salad? It's so yummy! Ambrosia fruit salad is an easy dish to pass no cooking required. So good, you'll want to make it just because.

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  1. I know this recipe has been around for a while but it came up first when I did a search for Ambrosia Salad. I am wondering if anyone knows what size can of mandarin oranges is used here? Today at the store I saw three different sizes of mandarin oranges. The obvious answer is “however big you like the taste of the oranges.” I am looking for a guideline. I am excited to try this! I am looking forward to trying it with fresh fruit and sour cream vs. the old faithful fruit cocktail and that frozen whipped cream!

    1. How exciting! I see I missed the size cans to use (now fixed). I would suggestion 10.7 oz cans. You are right, the more fruit, the more you make!

  2. I love ambrosia salad but never made it before. Now I have a recipe and will make for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. I am always trying to figure out healthy snacks with fruit besides just plain fruit and this looks absolutely amazing! Thank you so much I will definitely be trying this one out soon!

    1. I have only made it twice, but each time I wonder why I don’t make it more often.

      I guess it makes it more special.

  4. I have always wanted to know how to make ambrosia salad! I think I will use coconut yoghurt for the sour cream and maybe toss in some nuts or chia seeds for the marshmallows!

  5. I love ambrosia salad but I’ve never made it myself. Thanks to your post I think I can handle it. For Thanksgiving this year, I call dibs in bringing the ambrosia salad!

  6. What a great way to make the kids eat fruits. My daughter will love that, as she’s a huge marshmallow fan!

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