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Mama's Ambrosia Recipe
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Mama's Ambrosia

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"This is a quick and easy fruit salad that you and your guests will love."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
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    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oranges, fruit cocktail, walnuts, marshmallows, and coconut. Fold in the sour cream. Chill for at least an hour, and stir again before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 28, 2005

This is exactly the ambrosia recipe I was looking for! One caveat, however: if you're making this for a family or party, the idea that the recipe would "serve 10" seems preposterous to me. Maybe 10 little kids. Or 10 people who have a lot of other food choices and will only take little helpings of ambrosia. But not 10 people who, like me and my family, see a bowl full of ambrosia, get excited, and take great, healthy helpings of the stuff in anticipation of it being gone by the time they go back for seconds. For that lot, better make more. I wouldn't necessarily double the whole recipe, however. It's got plenty of mandarin oranges; maybe just double the fruit salad, put in 1 1/2 times the recommended marshmallows and coconut, and use 12-14 oz of sour cream instead of 8. (I don't do the nuts.) Adding some red grapes or pineapple chunks can also work.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 05, 2004

Not enough ingrediants

Jul 25, 2003

Perfect ambrosia in my opinion!! There are many ways to make this - including those recipes that use cool whip instead of sour cream (too sweet for me) - but I made the right choice going with this one, it's just right. I used Fat Free sour cream and enjoyed this as a healthy TREAT.

Jul 02, 2003

Added some cherries and took out the nuts. Very yummy!! I've been looking for a good and easy recipe that had sour cream instead of Cool Whip and this was it!!

Jul 25, 2003

This is THE BEST ambrosia recipe out there! Exactly like my grandfather made for years every Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing =)

Dec 05, 2003

this salad was so easy and good! I was thrown off by the sour cream at first, but it works for this salad. My four year old loved picking out the marshmellow and nuts, then goobled down the rest.

Jul 25, 2003

I have been searching for this recipe for years! It was so easy to make, my family loved it! Great!

Mar 25, 2005

THANK-YOU . . . my ex's mother used to make this all the time and I LOVED it . . . and now I finally have teh recipe! the only thing different was use the colored mini marshmallows! BUT the sour cream is key, I like it sooo much better than whipped cream!


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  • Calories
  • 290 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 16.6 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 73 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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