Ambrosia Fruit Salad With Sour Cream Dressing

Ambrosia Fruit Salad With Sour Cream Dressing

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chilling Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
167 Calories
7g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 27mg 137%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 382mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This ambrosia salad recipe makes a delicious holiday fruit salad, and it's super easy to prepare. Miniature marshmallows and coconut give the fruit salad some fabulous texture. You can also add pecan or walnut pieces if you'd like for a little nutty crunch.

Serve the salad in bowls, on lettuce leaves, or on a bed of mixed greens for a lovely presentation. The contrast of the fruit-studded creamy salad on greens is festive.

Ambrosia was the food of the Greek gods, granting them immortality. Naming this salad ambrosia is an appropriate sentiment for one often served at the year-end holidays such as Christmas parties. Pineapple is also a symbol of hospitality, another appropriate sentiment for parties and gatherings.

But the salad seems to come from the late 19th century. Canned fruit is a convenience during the winter when fresh fruit would not have been readily available. Fresh mandarin oranges are now readily available in the winter months, or you can use canned ones—which have the advantage of being peeled.


  • 1 cup mixed fruit chunks, or fruit cocktail, drained

  • 1/2 cup mandarin orange sections

  • 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits

  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries, halved

  • 1/4 cup red seedless grapes

  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

  • 3/4 cup sour cream, or as desired

  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, for garnish

  • 6 leaves lettuce, or mixed greens

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ambrosia Fruit Salad With Sour Cream Dressing ingredients

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  2. Combine the drained fruits, marshmallows, sour cream, and coconut, mixing gently but thoroughly in a medium bowl.

    rained fruits, marshmallows, sour cream, and coconut in a bowl

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  3. Cover and refrigerate the fruit salad until thoroughly chilled.

    fruit salad in a bowl wrapped with plastic wrap

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  4. Serve the salad on lettuce leaves or mixed greens.

    Ambrosia Fruit Salad With Sour Cream Dressing served on a lettuce leaf

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga


  • If you are serving a crowd or taking a bowl of ambrosia salad to a potluck, you might instead arrange fruit on top to make a design and skip the lettuce.
  • Sour cream adds a tart element to ambrosia salad, but if you prefer, you might use plain Greek yogurt or regular yogurt. For a sweeter variation, you could use a sweetened yogurt or whipped cream. However, whipped cream doesn't hold up as long and so you should only consider it when serving the salad immediately.
  • You can get creative with ambrosia salad and include or omit many types of fruit and nuts to suit your taste or food sensitivities. The key is keeping the fruit bites about the same size so they mix well.