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Ambrosia salad could be my all-time favorite fruit salad. It is light, refreshing and can be prepared in advance, making it perfect for parties and meals.
Have you ever eaten ragweed salad? It's something I remember being drawn to as a child. I mean, the creamy fruit is good and everything, but EVERYTHING was related to marshmallows. As an adult, I still like marshmallows. I've made a few small changes to the classic recipe to create my own version of this salad.
How is the ambrosia salad made?
I start with a combination of fresh and canned fruit. You can use all fresh or canned, but I like the combination of flavor and texture of both. I'm using pineapple chunks, tangerines, maraschino cherries, and sliced fresh grapes.
The dressing for this ambrosia salad couldn't be easier – it's just a combination of fresh whipped cream and vanilla Greek yogurt. Now, I know that whipped topping is a more traditional ingredient, I just prefer the taste of real whipped cream. Instead, you can absolutely use the whipped topping, and I've noted how much to substitute in the recipe.
I use Greek yogurt because it adds a little flavor that cuts the sweetness off the fruit, but sour cream works if you prefer, too. The fruit is poured into the dressing and then the coconut and mini marshmallows are folded. You can add walnuts if you like, walnuts or walnuts are a great choice.
What happens in ragweed?
The base of the ambrosia salad is the fruit. You'll usually find oranges, pineapples, and cherries in your ambrosia salad, though sometimes you'll find other fruits like strawberries, apples, or bananas. Other additions include coconut and marshmallows, and you'll sometimes find nuts like walnuts.
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How long can you keep the ambrosia salad in the fridge?
After your salad is finished, you can serve it immediately or keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Maraschino cherries can add a pink tint to the salad, you can reduce the chance of this happening by drying them well before adding them to the salad.
Can you freeze the ragweed salad?
I would not recommend freezing this salad, as it will become watery and soggy when thawed. Ambrosia salad is best when made fresh and served in 3 days.
I like to decorate the top of my ragweed salad with additional fruit, marshmallows, and mint sprigs. This salad is a true delight for the crowd that is ready in 10 minutes! I've included a video to demonstrate how easy it is to do!
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This ambrosia salad recipe is a variety of colorful fruits with marshmallows and coconut, mixed with a light, creamy dressing. An easy salad that's a classic for good reason, people always beg me for the recipe!
Preparation time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings Calories: 231kcal
- 1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 11-ounce can drained tangerines
- 1 10-ounce jar drained maraschino cherries
- 1 1/2 cups green grapes cut in half
- 1/2 cup of grated coconut
- 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup heavy cream or 1 1/2 cups whipped topping
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- Optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or walnuts
- Optional garnishes: maraschino cherries, mint sprigs, coconut
- Beat the heavy cream with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently add sugar. Alternatively, place the whipped topping in a medium bowl.
- Fold the yogurt 1/4 cup at a time into the whipped cream or whipped topping.
- Add pineapple, oranges, grapes, coconut, and marshmallows to the whipped cream mixture. Stir gently until the fruit is covered.
- Add cherries and nuts if you use them.
- Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with additional cherries, coconut sprigs, and mint if desired.
Calories :: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 44mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31 g
This post originally appeared on September 8, 2016 and was updated on August 30, 2018 with new content.