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Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad Dessert Easy Healthy Recipe! ✅

If you’re looking for an easy fruit plate that doesn’t require a lot of work, this Ambrosia Fruit Salad is the perfect choice. Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate until dinner. This easy ambrosia dessert is sure to please everyone at your next holiday dinner.

Want more easy fruit salads? This Orange Fuzz and this Pistachio Fuzz are some of our favorites.

Why Ambrosia Dessert is the best

Fruit salad is always a great option for a simple side dish during the holidays. Why not take it to the next level with ambrosia? It’s easy and it tastes so delicious!

Ambrosia Salad is the perfect way to flavor fruit. This is a classic recipe that has been around for years! The best part is how easy it is to make with just a few ingredients. It’s perfect for any party or family gathering!

Simply mix your favorite fruits with Cool Whip and marshmallows and you have an easy sweet ambrosia that no one will forget.

What is ambrosia salad?

Ambrosia is a fruit salad made with a creamy “dressing” and marshmallows. This classic southern recipe is usually served at potlucks and Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

The salad was a delicacy reserved for parties only and was named ambrosia from the Greek and Roman food of the gods.

Ambrosia Salad Ingredients

You just need a few simple ingredients to make this easy ambrosia salad recipe for any meal. Best of all, it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish! Simply combine everything in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. That is all!

  • canned fruit – We like to use pineapple bites, tangerines and maraschino cherries. Fruit cocktail tins are also great to use.
  • miniature marshmallows – These add a light and fluffy texture to the dessert salad. You can use normal or fruity. We like pastels because they add a fun pop of color to the fluff.
  • Coconut – You can skip it if you’re not a fan.
  • greek yogurt – Adds some flavor to the salad and reduces sweetness.
  • cold beater – We use a fitted topping container for convenience. You can also use 3 cups of this homemade whipped cream recipe if you prefer.

how to make ambrosia

This ambrosia recipe comes together in minutes, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family during the holidays. There are no rules with this fruit salad, get creative and add your favorite fruit!

  1. Drain the fruit in syrup very well. Feel free to substitute your favorite fresh fruit instead.
  2. Combine fruit, shredded coconut, and mini marshmallows in large bowl.
  3. Gently add sour cream until everything is covered. Take care not to break the fruit.
  4. Add whipped topping and gently fold in.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours so the flavors have time to meld and the marshmallows soften.

Storage Tips

Store Ambrosia Salad with Cool Whip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. The fruit will begin to release excess liquid as it sits and will break down the whipped cream.

tips and tricks

  • Drain fruit in syrup great. You don’t want any liquid left in it because that would cause the assembled gasket to crack and become watery.
  • redness maraschino cherries before cutting to prevent the bland salad from turning pink. I also like cherries better in ours, so I cut them in half.
  • Fold the ingredients very gently, so as not to break the fruit and drain the liquid.
  • Refrigerate the ambrosia salad dessert for a a few hours to allow the marshmallows to soften and absorb moisture and for the flavors to meld.
  • I want a crunch in your fluff? Add 1/2 cup of her favorite chopped nuts.

Frequent questions

Can you make an ambrosia salad ahead of time?

You can, but it really is better served The same day you do. The ambrosia salad recipe needs time to sit in the fridge for a few hours, for the marshmallows to soften and the fluff to settle.

It can be made up to a day in advance, but the fruit will start to get watery.

Can you make it sugar free or dairy free?

Fruit is loaded with natural sugars, so not really. But you can use a sugar free Cool Whip or make your own sugar free whipped cream to remove the processed sugars.

You can use coconut whipped cream and lactose-free yogurt to make it a lactose-free dessert.

Can you use another fruit?

Yes. Feel free to use one of your favorite tropical fruits. 2-3 cans of fruit cocktails are also fine. Some great choices for fresh fruit are grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and apples. Just be sure to use the same ratio of fruit to the whipped topping and yogurt.

Can ragweed be frozen?

Yes. But you will need to serve it frozen because the fruit will start to get soggy as it thaws. This makes for a great frozen pie when made in this homemade graham cracker crust.

more candy fluff

  • broken banana fluff
  • cookies and custard
  • soft strawberry
  • smooth chocolate
  • pumpkin slices

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Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe

Preparation time:
Five minutes

Total Time:
Five minutes

If you’re looking for an easy fruit plate that doesn’t require a lot of work, this Ambrosia Fruit Salad is the perfect choice. Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate until dinner. This easy ambrosia dessert is sure to please everyone at your next holiday dinner.



  • 1 – 15 ounces canned mandarin oranges, drained

  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained

  • 1 – 16 jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved

  • 1/2 cup grated sweetened coconut

  • 2 cups fruity miniature marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 8 oz container Beat cold, thawed


  1. Gently mix in the oranges, pineapple, cherries, coconut, and marshmallows.
  2. Add the Greek yogurt very carefully.
  3. Add the Cool Whip and mix gently until everything is incorporated.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours to allow it to fully set and the flavors to meld.
Nutritional information:

Yield: 12 Servings: 1

Amount per proportion:

Calories: 208 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 29mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 33g Protein: 2g

Nutrition data is an estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special dietary advice, please consult a registered dietitian.

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