Ambrosia Waldorf Salad

November 22, 2012Teresa

Ambrosia Waldorf Salad is an absolutely scrumptious fluffy fruit salad recipe. Tart juicy cranberries, sweet pineapple tidbits, walnuts, tasty green grape halves, diced, unpeeled apples, marshmallows and coconut in a simple cool whip base is what makes up this fabulous fruit salad.

It doesn’t get any quicker or easier than this, yet it’s a spectacular salad–excellent for holiday dinners. The mixtures in tastes and crunchiness puts this salad over the top. Your company will love this. We sure do.

About 20 years ago when we were living in New England someone gave us a gift package of black walnuts in a Christmas basket. Inside that package was a cute little brochure with about 6 extremely delicious recipes from Hammons Pantry, the black walnut distributor.

This was one of those amazing recipes. Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Bread is another from that brochure that I use all the time. The Hammons Pantry website has lots of amazing stuff. Check out their website sometime. You’ll be glad you did.

I like this take on Waldorf salad. The cranberries add a really nice zing to it. The only thing I change in the recipe is to stir coconut into the salad as well as sprinkle it on top and increase the cool whip. This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make.

It’s really quick and easy and presents so beautifully. You should consider adding this great recipe to your regular holiday menu. It’s an amazing side dish and it’s also gluten free and vegan for those with special dietary constrictions.

When I initially posted this recipe in November 2012, I had made it for our family’s Thanksgiving festivities. Unfortunately, it was my first year of blogging and I was using an iPhone 3 for a camera, so my pictures were not as lovely as I would have liked.

I’ve been remaking all the recipes from my first year of blogging due to the poor quality of the pictures. This one came up for remake for our annual Sunday school Christmas party (December 2015). Ambrosia Waldorf Salad has always been a family favorite and my husband was quite happy to clean out the leftovers we brought home from the party. 🙂

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Ambrosia Waldorf Salad is one of the most amazing fluffy fruit salads you will ever eat.

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Ambrosia Waldorf Salad is a great salad to make for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays when cranberries are in season.

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Ambrosia Waldorf Salad is so quick and easy to prepare making it ideal for holiday entertaining. With everything else that needs to be made for holiday dinners, this recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Wash cranberries. Place them in a bowl with granulated sugar.

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In a large serving bowl, place marshmallows. Wash and dry grapes. Cut grapes in half and add grapes to bowl with marshmallows. Drain pineapple tidbits and add to bowl. Add diced, unpeeled apples.

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Add walnuts. The original recipe calls for black walnuts so when I found them at the store, I got them especially for this recipe. Add coconut and cranberry mixture.

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Stir ingredients to combine.

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Stir in cool whip. 

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Sprinkle coconut over top and garnish with more cranberries if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Stir all ingredients to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Sprinkle more coconut on top before serving. Here’s a serving of this wonderful Ambrosia Waldorf Salad. This is sure to please every guest’s appetite! Your company will love this fabulous fluffy fruit salad.

 

Here’s the recipe.

AMBROSIA WALDORF SALAD

(Recipe adapted from Hammons Pantry a Black Walnut Distributor)

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Luscious fluffy fruit salad that's great for holiday entertaining when cranberries are in season. This recipe contains cranberries, apples, walnuts, pineapple, coconut, grapes and marshmallows in a fluffy Cool Whip base. Gluten Free.
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Ambrosia Waldorf Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Combine cranberries and sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the marshmallows, apples, grapes, and pineapple.
  3. Add cranberries and black walnuts and coconut; mix well.
  4. Fold in cool whip.
  5. Cover and chill.
  6. Sprinkle with coconut before serving.

 

[b]Ambrosia Waldorf Salad[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.blackwalnutrecipes.com/?pg=item&id=59″ target=”_blank” title=”ambrosia waldorf salad”]Hammons Pantry[/url]
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 14
Luscious fluffy fruit salad that’s great for holiday entertaining when cranberries are in season. This recipe contains cranberries, apples, walnuts, pineapple, coconut, grapes and marshmallows in a fluffy Cool Whip base. Gluten Free.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Ocean Spray cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups Gala apples, unpeeled & diced
  • 1 cup seedless green grape halves
  • ¾ cup Hammons black walnuts, broken in small pieces (or use regular walnuts)
  • 20-oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 8-oz. container [url href=”http://www.kraftbrands.com/coolwhip” target=”_blank” title=”cool whip”]cool whip[/url]
  • ½ cup coconut, plus more to sprinkle on top
Instructions
  1. Combine cranberries and sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the marshmallows, apples, grapes, and pineapple.
  3. Add cranberries and black walnuts and coconut; mix well.
  4. Fold in cool whip.
  5. Cover and chill.
  6. Sprinkle with coconut before serving.

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 Each mouthful of this tasty, fluffy salad is unbelievable!

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  • Jennifer

    October 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    can fresh pineapple be used instead of canned? Thanks – it looks delicious!

    1. Teresa

      October 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Certainly, Jennifer, I don’t see any reason why fresh pineapple can’t be substituted for canned. It’s really a wonderful recipe for holidays or potlucks. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    April 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Could I make this salad a day before I want to serve it?

    1. Teresa

      April 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Absolutely! No problems at all. You may have to stir everything again before serving. But taste is still fine. I’ve kept this in the refrigerator for over a week before and it was still good.

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  • LizForADay

    November 25, 2012 at 3:20 am

    If that did not have coconut, I would totally chow down. I am not a coconut fan. 🙂

    1. Teresa

      November 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Hey, just make it without the coconut! I’m sure it would taste great that way too!

  • flyfishbrat

    November 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Oh thank you, thank you, thank you Teresa for posting this recipe. Another one from my past. Both my mother and grandmother made this every holiday and I completely had forgotten about it. I don’t have their recipe so am very thankful you have shared yours.

    1. Teresa

      November 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      I really like the cranberries in this recipe. It gives it a little extra zip.

  • petit4chocolatier

    November 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Teresa, I haven’t had this in a long time. I am definitely preparing it for the upcoming holidays!!

    1. Teresa

      November 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Wonderful! This version is so wonderful. I loved the cranberries along with everything else. It was so delicious.

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