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Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

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A sweet slice of Americana, Ambrosia fruit salad is a time-honored recipe that’s quick and simple to make! Light, airy and fluffy, this scrumptious dessert salad is absolutely heavenly! Perfect for summer get-togethers, family gatherings, and church potlucks, this is also a traditional recipe for Thanksgiving fruit salad.


  • 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2/3 cup honey-vanilla Greek yogurt*
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut (or flaked coconut)
  • 3/4 cup mandarin oranges, well drained
  • 2/3 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1/2 cup green seedless grapes, rinsed and dried
  • 1 10-ounce jar Maraschino cherries (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 2 cups colorful, fruit-flavored mini marshmallows
  • Garnishes: shredded coconut and Maraschino cherries with stems


  1. With a rubber spatula, scoop out the defrosted Cool Whip and add it to a large mixing bowl along with the Greek yogurt. Lightly fold these two ingredients together.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and gently fold them in. Be careful not to over-mix as the Cool Whip can become deflated if overworked. We want our dessert salad to be light and fluffy!
  3. Transfer to a large vintage-style serving bowl, or scoop into individual dessert cups. Generously sprinkle shredded coconut on top. Use long-stem cherries to add the final touch to your gorgeous ambrosia salad.
  4. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until serving time.


*If vanilla-honey Greek yogurt isn’t available, here are two more great options: Vanilla Greek yogurt plus 1/2 tablespoon of honey, or plain Greek yogurt plus 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 tablespoon honey.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Snack, Party, Potluck
  • Cuisine: American