Old Fashioned Southern 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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First, place the cream and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment to whip until stiff peaks are formed. Now whisk the sour cream into the mixture. Proceed to add

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1/3 cup chopped pecans. Instructions. Drain the pineapple and the orange segments very well. Set aside. Drain the cherries and slice each one …

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Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins

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This easy ambrosia salad recipe appeared in cookbooks in the late 1800s. However, it didn’t stay as simple. Creative cooks modified the recipe, adding additional fruits and sometimes sauces. Though the ingredients varied between recipes, all the ambrosia salad recipes contained coconut.

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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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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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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 glass bowl for a festive look. It is considered by some folks to be a fruit dessert.

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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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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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Peel the oranges, removing as much of the pith (the white lining under the skin), discarding the pith and the peeling. Over a large bowl, section the oranges, removing the membranes, any pith left and the seeds, retaining all of the pulp and juice. Over the same bowl repeat the process for the grapefruit mixing the fruit sections together.

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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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"People who add grapefruit, pineapple, grapes, and bananas, and Lord knows what else to ambrosia simply don't understand ambrosia," proclaims Martha Pearl Villas in My Mother's Southern Desserts (Morrow Cookbooks, $27) written by her son, James. Her recipe has just four ingredients: oranges, coconut, sugar, and orange juice.

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This old fashined ambrosia is a delightful dessert. Made with oranges and pineapples flavored with honey with the sweet crunch of coconuts, the old fashioned ambrosia is simply and easily prepared. Chilled to serve, it is a treat for everybody!

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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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Step 1. Grate coconut in bowl. Add peeled and sectioned oranges; discard membrane and seeds. Add pineapple, fruit cocktail, apples, bananas, and nuts. Sweeten with sugar, being careful not to add

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In a medium bowl, combine whipped topping and sour cream. Add in coconut flakes and marshmallows. Then gently fold in pineapple, mandarin oranges, grapes and maraschino cherries and nuts (if using). Once combined, put some plastic wrap on it or put it in a bowl with a lid and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

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This easy Ambrosia fruit salad recipe is super creamy and packed with tropical fruit! It’s one of our favorite recipes during the Summer because it’s so easy to make and a crowd-pleaser! The best part? This old-fashioned Southern dessert salad is …

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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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