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Grandma's Ambrosia Salad

My grandma's recipe for the iconic light and refreshing dessert that includes mandarin oranges, coconut, marshmallows, pineapple, and whipped topping.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 154 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 11 ounce can mandarin oranges drained
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple drained
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 8 ounce container Cool Whip


  1. Place the oranges, pineapple, coconut and marshmallows in a large bowl. Add the Cool Whip and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the mixture until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Ambrosia can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Fruit Options: Fresh orange segments, maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries, grapes, or canned fruit cocktail.
  • Dressing Options: Pudding, cream cheese, yogurt, sour cream, or Jello.
  • Cool Whip Alternative: Use homemade whipped cream in its place.
  • Freezing Instructions: I only recommend freezing ambrosia if you use all canned fruit and Cool Whip. Using fresh fruit and/or homemade whipped cream can cause it to be soggy and watery when thawed.
  • Make-Ahead: This can be mixed together and refrigerated the day before serving.
  • Storage: Ambrosia can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Ambrosia Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 8.8mg11%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.