Ambrosia Salad

Gluten Free Living – 2014

Have I got a scrumptious recipe for you! Ambrosia Salad. Yum. This recipe has everything you want in an Ambrosia Salad–maraschino cherries, pineapple, mandarin orange segments, coconut, marshmallows and pecans in a deliciously light and fluffy dressing. It’s quick, easy and a wonderful salad to make for the holidays or anytime of the year you have a hankering for Ambrosia.

I was making a meal for some friends who just had a baby a couple of weeks ago and I was trying to figure out what would go with the menu I’d planned. I finally settled on Ambrosia Salad as a tasty, fruity salad that would go with just about everything.

Plus, after seeing the original picture on Pinterest last month , I’ve been dying to make this recipe ever since. Ambrosia Salad was everything I imagined it to be–and more! I loved the taste and texture of this salad. (The cook always gets a sample of everything she makes!) 🙂

Our family loves fluffy, fruity salads and I’ve made a lot of them over the years. I have one called Ambrosia Waldorf Salad and it’s quite tasty as well. Cherry Fruit Salad is lovely and always a crowd-pleaser. My Taffy Apple Salad and Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad also get rave reviews every time I make them.

All of these salads are great for potlucks, backyard barbecues and to serve as a holiday side dish. I made a few tweaks to this Ambrosia Salad recipe which help make it even better.

If you’re looking for a fabulous Ambrosia recipe to serve for the holiday season this year, then by all means pin this recipe so you have it to go to in a month or so when it’s time to begin planning holiday menus. Though this is called a “salad,” I use that term loosely. Many will find Ambrosia Salad sweet enough to eat for dessert!

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Ambrosia Salad is a perfect side dish for holiday and company dinners.

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Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin orange segments, pineapple, pecans, coconut, fruit-flavored marshmallows and maraschino cherries for a spectacular taste.

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Ambrosia Salad is quick and easy to make, too.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Place whipped topping and Greek yogurt in a bowl.

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Add coconut, pecans, oranges, pineapple and cherries.

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Add fruit-flavored marshmallows.

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Gently stir ingredients to combine.

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To serve, spoon Ambrosia Salad into dessert dishes. Sprinkle with additional coconut, pecans and maraschino cherries, as desired.

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Everyone loves this delicious salad!

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Ambrosia Salad is the perfect salad for holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

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It’s also great to serve in the summer for the summer holidays, backyard barbecues or potlucks.

 

Here’s the recipe.

AMBROSIA SALAD

(Recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction)

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Fabulous salad that's filled with pineapple, mandarin orange segments, coconut, pecans, maraschino cherries and fruit-flavored marshmallows in a delicious dressing. Great as a holiday side dish.
Ambrosia Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this heavenly #fruit #salad is perfect for summer #holidays like the #FourthofJuly or #LaborDay. The flavors are divine and it's quick & easy. #cherries #pineapple #glutenfree #ambrosia
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
Ambrosia Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this heavenly #fruit #salad is perfect for summer #holidays like the #FourthofJuly or #LaborDay. The flavors are divine and it's quick & easy. #cherries #pineapple #glutenfree #ambrosia
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the whipped topping and yogurt.
  2. Add coconut, oranges, pineapple, pecans marshmallows and 1 cup maraschino cherries and fold into whipped topping.
  3. Chill before serving.
  4. Garnish with additional coconut, pecans and maraschino cherries, as desired.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: While I used 12-oz. of frozen whipped topping. You may find you prefer the texture better with only 8-oz. of whipped topping. This is a preference issue. Start with 8-oz. and add more if desired.

 

[b]Ambrosia Salad[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/ambrosia-salad-recipe/” target=”_blank” title=”ambrosia salad”]My Baking Addiction[/url]
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Fabulous salad that’s filled with pineapple, mandarin orange segments, coconut, pecans, maraschino cherries and fruit-flavored marshmallows in a delicious dressing. Great as a holiday side dish.
Ingredients
  • 12-oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Chobani plain yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained and patted dry
  • 1 8-ounce can pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple, drained and patted dry
  • 16-oz. maraschino cherries, rinsed, drained and patted dry (divided use)
  • 1/2 cup Fisher chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups Kraft Jet-Puffed Miniature Fruit-Flavored Marshmallows
  • additional coconut, pecans and maraschino cherries for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the whipped topping and yogurt.
  2. Add coconut, oranges, pineapple, pecans marshmallows and 1 cup maraschino cherries and fold into whipped topping.
  3. Chill before serving.
  4. Garnish with additional coconut, pecans and maraschino cherries, as desired.
Notes
While I used 12-oz. of frozen whipped topping. You may find you prefer the texture better with only 8-oz. of whipped topping. This is a preference issue. Start with 8-oz. and add more if desired.

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Doesn’t Ambrosia Salad look marvelous?

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Every bite of Ambrosia Salad is mouthwatering. You’d better make a double batch!

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Prepare to drool. This salad is sweet enough to be considered dessert!

You may also enjoy these delicious recipes!

Ambrosia Waldorf Salad

Ambrosia Waldorf Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this marvelous fluffy & fruity #salad has always been a family favorite for the #holidays. #Cranberries provide zest and it also includes #grapes #pineapple and #apples.

 

Six Cup Salad

Six Cup Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | quick and easy #fruitsalad that tastes as good as it looks! #glutenfree #pineapple #mandarinoranges

 

Taffy Apple Salad

Taffy Apple Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This delectable #salad tastes just like eating #candyapples! It's great for #holiday menus. #apples #peanuts #pineapple

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