April 04, 2012

Ambrosia or Five Cup Salad

Ambrosia sounds really fancy doesn't it?  Said in a haughty old woman voice - "Yeees Muffy, we are serving Ambrooosia at our paaarty."

All the while it's so far from fancy it's not even funny.

Of course you could always serve it up in fancy little dishes and eat it with your pinky up.

Yield: 6 servings

  • Approximately 3 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup mandarin orange segments, approximately 3 or 4 mandarin's
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • Garnish: Toasted coconut or toasted chopped pecans
  1. Place the ingredients in to a bowl and mix well.  Transfer to a glass serving bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. 
Cooks Note:  There are so many ingredients you could add to this to make it to suit your family.  You could add drained maraschino cherries, bananas, grapes, you name it!


  1. I've always found ambrosia salad so strangely scrumptious. I haven't had it since I was a kid though. You've got me craving it again!

  2. This looks amazing Dee! My recipe is a bit different, yours sounds and looks better:)

  3. Oops I commented as my hubby lol

  4. Love the haughty woman line :) I just said it out loud and laughed :) Hehe... I love ambrosia salad, and generally skip the coconut... Yours looks a lot nicer than mine does :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Awesome ! its looks so good, freakin like it hihi.
    good job !

  6. anything with cool whip has my name all over it! this looks awesome Dee!

  7. My mother-in-law makes a close version of this ambrosia for every single Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday! It IS so good. I haven't had it for years so thanks for taking me back!

  8. I haven't had this salad in forever!

  9. It's been so long since I've had this too! Your version looks MUCH better than what I remember. ha. Looks great.

  10. I haven't had ambrosia salad in so long. This looks so good!

  11. This is one of my favorite salads ever. My local grocery store had it in the buffet section, and I totally got a sample cup and continuously walked in circles just to get 1,2,3, possibly 4 refills.

  12. As a Yankee I have yet to figure out why Ambrosia is so popular in the south!

  13. My kids loved this growing up. i think we'll have to start eating it again! Looks yummy!

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