Every Southerner knows that Ambrosia Salad is a wonderful creamy fruit salad that usually makes an appearance at family reunions and holiday parties either as a side dish or dessert. No matter when you serve it though it’s always a crowd pleaser.
The holidays are almost here and for my family that means spending time together sharing making special memories. It also means one other very important thing… food. If you haven’t caught on by now around here we like to eat.
I know you’re thinking who cares about food. I’ve got a house to clean and decorate. Then I need to buy a ton of presents. I’ll worry about the menu later.
I know that’s what I keep thinking too. But, take just a minute to remember those holidays of your childhood. You might remember a few presents if they were particularly good or really bad. Maybe that crazy aunt that came every year with the green jello?
Probably next thing you thought that special dish that you only had at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Maybe it was dressing or green bean casserole? Maybe it was a special cake or pie? Every family has at least one dish that they look forward to every year. For us that’s this Ambrosia.
My grandmother made Ambrosia every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was as certain as the turkey. For a few years after she passed away no one made it. I’m not really sure that anyone noticed or if they did no one mentioned it. It just wasn’t on the table.
Then a few years ago I started hosting Thanksgiving in our home. So when it came time to plan the menu Ambrosia was at the top of the list. One of the most precious moments of that first Thanksgiving was my Daddy telling me he’d like me to it again for Christmas. I still smile thinking thinking about that memory.
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Holiday Ambrosia Salad
Ambrosia Salad is a creamy fruit salad that's perfect for feeding a crowd at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
- 1 15 oz. can fruit cocktail in juice drained
- 1 11 oz. can Mandarin oranges drained
- 1 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits drained
- 1 cup Maraschino cherries drained
- 1 cup white seedless grapes
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup marshmallows
- 1-2 cups cool whip
In a large bowl stir together fruit cocktail, Mandarin oranges, and pineapple using a rubber spatula
Add in whipped cream a spoon full at a time until it us well combined
Chill in the refrigerator over night
(Sometimes a broken cherry will turn the salad pink in places. So yours might not look exactly like mine. But it will still taste great!)