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”.
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.
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. I 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.
Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 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)
- Then stir in the sour cream until completely dissolved, if adding in Grand Marnier do so at the point as well.
- Fold in marshmallows and your fresh grapes. This is also where you would add your optional coconut flakes.
- Cover bowl and chill overnight in the refrigerator stirring occasional to breakdown the marshmallows into juice.
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