Ambrosia Salad Recipe

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Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60sAmbrosia salad was a popular potluck dish in the ’50s and ’60s, serving double duty as both a side dish and a dessert. While this dish is more commonplace in the South, it’s sure to earn raves all across the country.

  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes


  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained and separated
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup green grapes, cut in half
  • 1 small red apple, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
How to Make It
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until it holds stiff peaks. Whisk in the sour cream. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple chunks, oranges, cherries, grapes, apple chunks, marshmallows, and coconut.
  3. Fold in the sour cream mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Chill for 2 hours. Serve.

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