Best Recipes for Ambrosia Salad

Nothing speaks of the South like a glass bowl of ambrosia fruit salad on the dinner table. This is more nearly a dessert fruit salad than a regular salad with its delicate mixture of soft fruits mixed with coconut. In Texas and Louisiana, recipes for ambrosia fruit salad include ripe bananas drizzled with citrus juices to keep the slices white and the fruit is enrobed in a creamy dressing of sweetened sour cream or marshmallow. The ambrosia recipe contains pecans or walnuts, shredded coconut, maraschino cherries or grapes and orange slices.

Ambrosial is an adjective that means something that is extremely pleasing to taste and/or smell. Ambrosia salad is certainly extremely pleasing to taste or smell. Set this salad with fruit fresh from the farmers market on the table as simple family fare or for the finest dinner party. It is always beautiful, delicious and smells heavenly.

Ambrosia can be made with any mixture of soft fruits, coconut, nuts and either whipped cream mixed with powdered sugar or sour cream and marshmallows. Avoid crisp fruits like apples or pears. Try mango and papaya for a truly tropical combination.

Southern cooks serve ambrosia chilled and say it is improved by setting in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. It should be eaten slowly and savored for its tropical flavors and its creamy textures.

Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
3 bananas, sliced
Lemon juice (sprinkle over bananas)
4 oranges (peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
½ cup halved maraschino cherries 
¼ cup sugar
1 cup mini marshmallows

Slice the bananas and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning (or use a sprinkle of Fruit Fresh). Peel and cut the oranges into segments. Some cooks peel the skin from each orange segment. Stir in the other fruit and coconut. Fold the sugar and marshmallows into the mixture. Chill covered and serve.

Tropical Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 8 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
3 bananas, sliced
Lemon juice (sprinkle over bananas)
½ cup halved purple grapes
1 10.5 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup shredded coconut
1 cup sour cream
½ bag mini marshmallows

Mix all of the fruit and coconut together. Stir together the marshmallows and the sour cream. Fold marshmallow and sour cream mixture into the fruit mixture. Allow to sit at room temperature for about ten minutes. Place in the refrigerator covered until time to serve.
Elegant Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
2 ½ cups pineapple tidbits, drained
2 navel oranges (peeled, segmented and chopped)
1 cup purple grapes or cherries, halved
1 cup miniature marshmallows
2 cups whipped cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup chopped pecans
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine fruit in a serving bowl. Mix together marshmallows, whipped cream, vanilla, powdered sugar and salt. Combine with the fruit. Gently fold in the coconut and the pecans. Cover the bowl. Chill for three hours or longer before serving.

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