Fruit Salad - Ambrosia Style

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

My Mother made this salad for every Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners. I remember looking forward to this the most, as a kid, as I loved the marshmallows and the fruit. My Mom made a big bowl of this and added shredded coconut to half of it and left the other without for those of us non-coconut lovers. This is so quick and easy yet so tasty and refreshing, especially with a big heavy holiday meal. I also found out that this is a common Hawaiian Luau side dish. Time does not include chilling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain all cans of fruit.
  2. In a large bowl add drained fruit, marshmallows, sour cream and coconut if using. Mix well to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, overnight if possible. This allows the juices to blend with the marshmallows and sour cream.
  4. One hour before serving, slice bananas and add to rest of the fruit, stir to combine.
  5. If it seems to dry add a little more sour cream.
  6. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

My mom added chopped walnuts.. Awesome addition.. Enjoy..

Marissa D. August 01, 2015

I was a bit iffy on using sour cream but this ended up being the best ambrosia salad I have ever had! The first time I used the bananas but I could not even taste them. The second time was apples but it was the wrong consistency. The third time was the charm with a cup of diced strawberries. This recipe is definetely a favorite of mine

ammoreno87 May 14, 2014

This was like a trip to the holidays at my grandma's! Cool, comforting, and delicious. I waited to fold in the bananas until serving & sprinkled with toasted coconut (just because that's how my grandma did it.) Thanks for reminding me of the recipe! Made for ZWT7.

Susie D June 28, 2011

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