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The finished Ambrosia Fruit Salad in a white serving bowl.
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Ambrosia Salad With Cool Whip

This Ambrosia Salad is a delicious fruits salad mixed together with marshmallows, coconut, and Cool Whip. It’s easy to make and can be served as a side dish or dessert.
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut, marshmallows, pineapple, salad
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 285kcal
Cost: $7.74


  • large bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • measuring cups


  • 8 oz container Cool Whip thawed
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 10 oz can mandarin oranges drained
  • 15 oz can pineapple tidbits drained
  • 16 oz jar maraschino cherries drained, patted dry, and cut in half
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows multi-colored or regular
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

GARNISHES: (all optional)

  • Mini marshmallows multi-colored or regular
  • Sweetened shredded coconut
  • Maraschino cherries



  • In a large bowl, fold together the Cool Whip and sour cream.
  • Fold in oranges, pineapple, cherries, marshmallows, and coconut.


  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Garnish the ambrosia salad with mini marshmallow, shredded coconut, and maraschino cherries before serving (all optional, but they sure make the salad pretty!).
  • Serve and enjoy.



SERVE: You can serve this salad immediately or store it in the fridge until ready to serve. If you plan to make it ahead of time, you can make it up to two days in advance without adding the marshmallows or garnishes on top, as they will get soggy. Then, wait until you are ready to serve the salad before mixing in the marshmallows and final touches on top. 
STORE: Leftovers will stay fresh for about 3-5 days when kept in an airtight container in your fridge. 
FREEZE: This salad does not freeze well as the texture is no longer soft and fluffy as it defrosts, so we do not recommend freezing it.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg