Old Fashioned Ambrosia Recipe

Ambrosia is a dessert salad that's pretty much a staple at most southern social gatherings. This recipe for Old-Fashioned Southern Ambrosia is a classic dessert salad recipe with fruit, coconut, nuts, marshmallows and cream. The …

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For the crumb topping: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch pan or 6 to 8 ramekins. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, …

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When my mother-in-law cleaned out her house, I “inherited” my husband’s grandmother’s old recipe cards. I thought I had hit the jackpot. …

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Ambrosia Salad Recipe makes a delightful old fashioned fruit salad with colorful fruits and marshmallows folded into snowy white, Homemade Whipped Cream. It is usually made in the South and served at holidays in a fancy clear …

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Recipe developer Kate Shungu of The Gift of Hospitality, who specializes in giving old-fashioned recipes a fresh twist for today's cook, includes maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, and coconut in her yummy ambrosia recipe. But the beauty of this particular recipe is it can be modified to meet anyone's taste preferences.

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An old-fashioned dessert that hasn’t lost an ounce of appeal over the years, Ambrosia is extremely easy to prepare and makes a light, refreshing dessert. For a more colorful dessert, use colored mini marshmallows. Ingredients. 2 cups drained and chopped oranges.

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How to Make Ambrosia Salad. Use a hand mixer to mix the cream cheese in a large bowl until it is smooth. Add the sour cream and mix again until combined. Add the cool whip and gently fold to combine. Add the pineapple, cherries, oranges, marshmallows, pecans and coconut and stir to combine. Top with additional coconut, pecans and whole cherries

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Gently combine the following ingredients: drained mandarin oranges, drained pineapple chunks or tidbits, mini marshmallow, sour cream and coconut. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours to let the salad set up. For the full instructions for Pineapple, Mandarin Orange and Marshmallow Salad, scroll to the bottom of this post.

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Simply called, Ambrosia, this sweetened special occasion fruit salad is a favorite at gatherings and holiday dinners. Ambrosia salad is popular in the South but also all over the country these days. Midwesterners refer to this dish as millionaire salad due to the luxurious nature of the ingredients. Original Old Fashioned Ambrosia

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The full, printable recipe is at the end of this post. Add Cool Whip and Greek yogurt to a bowl. Mix well. Add drained canned mandarin oranges and pineapple tidbits. Add pecans, coconut, marshmallows and maraschino cherries. Stir it all together. Cover and refrigerate the ambrosia for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Most modern recipes have taken the Old Fashioned Ambrosia and turned it into a fruit salad. The original southern ambrosia was not a fruit salad. All grandma’s ambrosia had in it was orange segments, coconut, pecans, and the juice from the oranges. It may have had a pinch of sugar because, in the south, sugar makes everything better.

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Home > Recipes > Old Time > Old Fashioned Ambrosia. Printer-friendly version. OLD FASHIONED AMBROSIA : 9 oranges, peeled, seeded, sectioned 2 (20 oz.) cans pineapple, drained 1 c. honey 1 - 2 tsp. almond extract 1 c. flaked coconut. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and refrigerate overnight. Yield 6 to 8 servings.

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This is an old fashioned recipe that was published in the early eighties in a Nazarene Community Cookbook. . Not sure how old it was at that time. The ingredients leave a lot of room for interpretation. Honestly this is the way the recipe was published.

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Ambrosia Salad is a classic potluck dessert that your family will absolutely adore! The best part? This ambrosia fruit salad recipe tastes even better the next day!. Ambrosia Salad. Y’all know how much I adore my old-fashioned potluck recipes! Whether it’s my pistachio fluff, this creamy grape salad, or our amazing broccoli salad, I just LOVE easy recipes that …

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This Old-fashioned Ambrosia recipe is so delicious and full of flavor. It’s one of the many great recipes shared by home cooks on BakeSpace.com, …

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Peel the oranges and remove all the white pith. Working over a bowl to capture the juices, remove the orange sections. Squeeze any remaining juice from the core and membranes into the bowl with the orange sections. Taste the oranges and add a small amount (1-2 tblsp.) sugar if needed.

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Classic, old fashioned ambrosia had only two ingredients though - oranges and coconut - served most often with a dressing of simply orange juice and sugar. It's fallen out of style these days though, because most folks aren't interested in something so plain, but that, my dear, is a true southern ambrosia.

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How to make ambrosia recipe?

STEP 1: Prep the fruit.

  • Pour the pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges into a colander to drain for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Drain the maraschino cherries on a paper towel. Remove the stems of all but three or four that you will use for garnish. Reserve the ones with the stems.
  • Wash the green grapes and cut them in half if they are too big.

How to make ambrose?


  • Fold sour cream into Cool Whip in a large serving bowl.
  • Fold in remaining ingredients making sure the pineapple, oranges, and cherries have been properly drained.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.

How to make the best ambrosia salad?

The Best Ambrosia Salad

  • Toast the pecans to protect their crunch. Pecans are a must for Southern ambrosia salad. ...
  • Use fresh oranges, but opt for canned cherries and pineapple. The cherry part of ambrosia salad is too sweet when maraschino cherries are used, but too dull if off-season fresh ...
  • Make a lightly sweetened dressing of whipped cream and sour cream. ...

How to make ambrosia salad with cream cheese?

  • Combine cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla extract and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in pineapple, oranges, grapes and coconut.
  • Sprinkle with chopped pecans, brown sugar and a little additional coconut.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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