Awesome Ambrosia for a Crowd

Total Time
24hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 24 hrs

This is a quick rich and yummy ambrosia. Made it just the other day for an anniversary at work and everyone loved it. Rich and creamy its a great dessert in the summertime. This recipe feeds anywhere for 12 to 20 depending on how hungry you are :) Cooking time is overnight in the fridge

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Strain your pineapple and orange segments to get rid of extra juice. (I sometimes press on top of friut lightly to help this). You want your fruit as drained as possible, runny ambrosia is yucky :) add the cherries.
  2. Then sprinkle about 2/3 of the vanilla pudding over your fuit, this adds flavor and also will help firm up the ambrosia.
  3. Next fold in the cool whip and the sour cream. Add the coconut, you can use more or less depending on how much you like coconut.
  4. Mix all together.
  5. Now I refrigerate overnight and then about 4 or 5 hours before you are ready to serve (in the morning is good)I add the marshmallows. This keeps them from getting too mushy. You can of course add them at the same time as the coconut. It's just a matter of preference.


Most Helpful

My holiday salads are usually flops. Carb Lover's good directions guarantee this tasty ambrosia will turn out perfect. Everyone loved it. I agree with another reviewer--keep it simple yet delicious. That description describes this excellent ambrosia.

ladyfingers November 27, 2010

I just made this for a BBQ we had on Memorial Day. I changed the recipe a little because I didn't have vanilla pudding on hand and I had a mixture of crushed and sliced pineapple. I also used light sour cream and you couldn't tell the difference. In the end it turned out delicous! Everyone loved it. I will try this again with the pudding. Either way, this recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

Chefto3 May 28, 2009

Perfect! Needs NO alterations. After years of stressing over complicated recipes for entertaining, I have recently learned to keep it simple. This is simple and delicious. What could be better? Very pretty in a crystal dish.

Marshall Alum April 11, 2009

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