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close up overhead shot of Ambrosia Salad served in a white dish and topped with three maraschino cherries and mint leaves.

Ambrosia Salad

Katerina | Diethood
This heavenly Ambrosia Salad is the perfect dessert for any get-together. A delightful combination of fruit, marshmallows, and pecans in a sweet creamy dressing.
Servings : 12
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs



  • Combine cool whip, sour cream, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; whisk until completely incorporated.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Garnish with chopped pecans and stemmed maraschino cherries.
  • Serve.


  • Make sure to drain all of the fruit very well so the Ambrosia Salad doesn’t turn out watery. I recommend to drain the fruits in a colander for about 30 minutes, and then lightly pat dry the fruits with paper towels.
  • Refrigerate the salad for 4 hours, or for best results, chill it overnight. If you don’t have that much time, chill it for at least one hour before serving.
  • You can use dairy-free and sugar-free substitutes for the whipped topping and the sour cream.


Calories: 188 kcal | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 9 mg | Sodium: 24 mg | Potassium: 123 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 17 g | Vitamin A: 130 IU | Vitamin C: 2 mg | Calcium: 49 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 19 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American/Southern
Keyword: fruit salad, fruit salad with cool whip, southern recipes