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A serving platter filled with Cool Whip fruit salad with three maraschino cherries placed on top

Ambrosia Salad

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This super easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad is light, creamy and oh-so-divine! Maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges and pineapple chunks are combined with a fluffy whipped cream dressing for a versatile side dish that doubles as a refreshing dessert.


  • 8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed (or homemade whipped cream)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or vanilla yogurt)
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 15 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 8 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, cut in half
  • 1 1/2 cups mini fruit-flavored marshmallows


  1. In a large bowl, combine the whipped topping and sour cream.
  2. Add the coconut, oranges, pineapple, cherries and marshmallows and gently fold into the whipped topping mixture.
  3. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours prior to serving.


  • To Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy within 2-3 days, draining out any excess liquids that have been released by the fruits.
  • To Freeze: Place leftovers in a freezer-safe baking dish and wrap tightly in two layers of plastic wrap. Enjoy within a month or two – do not thaw.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 235
  • Sugar: 30.3 g
  • Sodium: 70.1 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.6 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.6 mg