Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Easter Ambrosia Salad JENRON DESIGNS

Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad

My easy Ambrosia fruit salad is perfect for a light, fresh fruit dessert with minimal ingredients from the pantry.


Hi friends, today I wanted to share an old family recipe that has been in my family for years.  This easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad recipe was given to my grandmother by one of her neighbor’s.  Like all great recipes handed down from generation to generation, it is handwritten, in cursive, on a the back of envelope and signed by the originator Mrs. Ann Snarky. So in my family this is lovingly known as “Ann Snarky’s Ambrosia”.

Ingredients for Easter Ambrosia Salad JENRON DESIGNS

This recipe is so simple, you basically just dump everything into a bowl and let it chill overnight in the refrigerator. The natural fruit juices will break down the marshmallow and create a fluff without adding any additional sugar to the mixture, with the exception of  sugar that is already in the maraschino cherries and marshmallows.  Mini Marshmallows for Salad JENRON DESIGNS .jpg

I love that this is how they used to make Ambrosia back in the 40’s and 50’s. It was very simple and basic, not a lot of fuss not a ton of ingredients just the basics you would have in your pantry. Some of the best fruit salad recipes came to light during this time period and were all the rage. Ladies would flock to their monthly magazines to get the latest jello mold recipe or fruit salad delight. It was salads very much like one, that astronauts wives would entertain guests with or even Jackie O would serve at the White House, example in mind the  Waldorf Salad. Ambrosia Fruit Salad JENRON DESIGNSI add the option of adding in a drizzle of Grand Marnier just on top for a little extra flavor  and kick, but that is completely optional and not part of the original recipe. I thought it added just a light bit glam and flare to this timeless recipe. 

Easter Ambrosia Salad JENRON DESIGNS
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Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Soul, Southern
Keyword Dessert, Fruit, Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Overnight 8 hours
Servings 12 people
Author Jennifer Gainer


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon


  • 13.5 oz Pineapple Tidbits or Chunks in juice
  • 16 oz Mandarin Orange Segments in juice
  • 1/2 cup Maraschino Cherries in juice
  • 1 cup Grapes
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 10 oz Mini Marshmallows plain or fruity
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut (optional)
  • 2 oz Grand Marnier (optional) for Adult Version


  • Use a large bowl to combine all ingredients.
  • I recommend mixing all canned fruits first. Dump fruit into bowl with juices. (If any of your fruit is in light syrup, strain off the syrup)
    Ambrosia Fruit Mix for Salad JENRON DESIGNS
  • Then stir in the sour cream until completely dissolved, if adding in Grand Marnier do so at the point as well.
    Ambrosia Sour Cream for Salad JENRON DESIGNS
  • Fold in marshmallows and your fresh grapes. This is also where you would add your optional coconut flakes.
    Ambrosia Fruit Mix optional grapes Salad JENRON DESIGNS .jpg
  • Cover bowl and chill overnight in the refrigerator stirring occasional to breakdown the marshmallows into juice.

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  1. Carletta Shannon

    This looks very similar to a recipe that was passed down in our family too. I am excited to try this version.

  2. 5 stars
    OMG what genius and what goodness! Very beautiful to see too! Yummy!

  3. Lor Vet

    That looks so yummy! It’s perfect for the spring!

  4. I feel like this is such a classic Easter dish! I remember my grandma making it when I was younger! It feels so weird that Easter is this week, it certainly doesn’t feel like it!

    -Madi xo |

  5. Ok this looks and sounds delicious! And it seems super easy too! I’m definitely going to try it!

  6. judean

    I always enjoy the look of ambrosia salad – I also want to like it and try it every time in hopes my taste buds have changed. Unfortunately, they haven’t yet!

  7. 5 stars
    This really does look delicious! And so easy to put together. I have a few family members in mind that would go crazy over this. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve never even heard of this before and now I’m going to be making it this weekend. Thanks!

  9. I remember my mom making something similar to this when I was growing up! The colors are just right for a pretty Easter table.

  10. 5 stars
    Such a good recipe, thank you for sharing. This is a potluck classic 🙂

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  15. Windy

    5 stars
    This looks so good and I love the way you decorated everything.

  16. Digitaldaybook

    Got so excited when I saw the marshmallows! Definitely will be trying this fruit salad recipe!

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