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Classic Ambrosia Salad

Sweet, fluffy, and filled with fruit, this Classic Ambrosia Salad is a Christmastime must. Marshmallows mixed with cool whip and coconut make this dessert-like salad delicious.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ambrosia, classic, salad
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Aimee Mars | Aimee Mars Living


  • cup Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 15 ounces Mandarin Oranges (canned) drained
  • 15 ounces Chopped Pineapple (canned) drained
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Cherries pitted and halved
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Pecans optional


  • In a large mixing bowl fold the cool whip and sour cream together until mixed.
  • Stir the marshmallows, mandarin oranges, pineapple, coconut, and fresh cherries, gently stirring until fully combined.
  • Serve chilled, topped with chopped pecans.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg