Complex Ambrosia Salad
Complex Ambrosia Salad
Grandma's Ambrosia Salad is a creamy fruit salad filled with pineapple, mandarins, coconut, and miniature marshmallows. Use either fresh or canned fruit in this easy recipe with a simple homemade whipped cream. It's so delicious it is considered the food of the Gods, hence the name Ambrosia Salad.


  • 1 ½ cups mandarin orange slices, canned or fresh
  • 1 ½ cups diced pineapple, canned or fresh
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, or shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup plain or vanilla yogurt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss together oranges, pineapple, bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes, and lemon juice. Then, add in marshmallows.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to whip cream and vanilla extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar and cornstarch. Continue whipping until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add whipped cream into the fruit bowl. Toss to coat until ingredients are evenly dispersed throughout the salad. Chill until ready to serve.


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