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Ambrosia Salad II Recipe
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Ambrosia Salad II

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"This is my mom's favorite salad. My grandmother always made it during the holidays in Alabama."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, bananas, coconut, marshmallows, and pecan pieces. Fold in whipped topping. Garnish with maraschino cherries. Chill for 1 hour or overnight.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 27, 2003

I used half the whipped topping, omitted the bananas, added grapes, and used pineapple chunks instead of crushed pineapple. It was delicious and just like the one my grandma used to make. Definitely a keeper for future family get togethers!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 14, 2012

This doesn't have enough flavor for me. I used less than 8 oz. of whipped topping, which was plenty. I used the colored marshmellows, but they have an artificial fruity taste that I didn't care for. Next time I make ambrosia, I will use the white marshmellows. Also, a friend of mine gave me an ambrosia recipe years ago which called for a box of instant pistachio pudding, and I remember it was delicious. This doesn't seem to compare.

Mar 27, 2005

I served this with Easter dinner and everybody had seconds. I used an 8 oz. container of Cool Whip instead of the 16 oz. It was perfect consistency. Also I wasn't sure if I was supposed to drain the oranges or not so I played it safe and drained them.

Nov 25, 2005

This was really yummy! If you add a small box of orange jello mix, it gives it a tint of orange color and a good flavor!

Sep 20, 2005

Great Recipe, but had to omit some ingredients so husband could eat it. I used the mandarin oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, and added bananas to individual bowls. Since the banana turns it's color overnight. I also substituted sourcream instead of whipped topping. I really enjoyed having this with my meal for dinner, as well as husband. Easy & Fast to make. Will make recipe again.

Apr 17, 2005

I first fell in love with ambrosia salad a couple years ago when my sister's mother-in-law made it. So i finally got this recipe for thanksgiving this year and LOVED it! I think the other reviewers are right though maybe less whipped topping.

Dec 28, 2007

I used the juice from the pineapple and oranges to coat the bananas before I put them in with the rest of the mixture, so the bananas wouldn't turn brown. Left out the nuts (don't like them) and cherries and used low-fat cool whip. Everyone loved it and it stayed good for several days in the fridge. Thanks for the recipe!

Nov 14, 2007

Wonderful! I used a 15-oz. can of mandarin oranges instead of 11 oz., and a 20-oz. can of pineapple *chunks* instead of 8 oz. crushed (reserving liquid) - would make those changes again. I added 1/2 cup pineapple juice to the final salad. Note that 1 cup of cherries is equal to a 10-oz. bottle (be sure and drain it). I left out the whipped topping - just a personal preference. Thanks so much for the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 344 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 20.2 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 57 mg
  • 2%

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

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