How to Make Delicious Ambrosia Fruit Salad

An innovative spin on traditional fruit salads, Ambrosia is characterised by the distinct presence of pineapple and cherries, the addition of coconuts and other chopped nuts, and the folding of the entire fruit salad in a deliciously creamy concoction, like whipped topping, sour cream, cream cheese, pudding, or yoghurt.

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: Nil
Bake time: Nil
Total time: 45 min
Yield: 12 servings
Utensils: Large bowl, wooden spoon, knife, cutting board

Container frozen whipped topping, thawed: 1 (8 ounce)
Shredded coconut: 2 1/2 cups
Walnuts: 1 cup
Can fruit cocktail, drained: 1 (8 ounce)
Can pineapple chunks, drained: 1 (8 ounce)
Can mandarin oranges, drained: 1 (11 ounce)
Small bunch of seedless grapes: 1
Kiwis: 2
Miniature marshmallows: 3 cups
Jar maraschino cherries, drained: 1 (10 ounce)
Ground nutmeg: 1 teaspoon
Ground cinnamon: 1 teaspoon


  • 1

    To begin, prepare your ingredients. Place the walnuts on a cutting board, and use a large knife to chop them up into small pieces – these should not be too fine or powdery, nor should they be large awkward pieces that might prove difficult to eat.

  • 2

    Once the walnuts have been chopped up, proceed to wash the bundle of grapes, and slice these into half using your knife. Similarly, cut all the drained maraschino cherries into half, and then peel the kiwis and cut them into small cubes.

  • 3

    Now that all the ingredients have been prepared, line them all up on your counter, and begin assembling the salad. First, place a large bowl on the counter, and toss in the fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges, cherries, grapes, and kiwis. Mix them all together until all the fruits are well-blended. Let them sit for a while, and allow the juices from all the fruits to mingle together.

  • 4

    Now, proceed to add the chopped walnuts, the shredded coconut, and the marshmallows to the fruit mix. Once again, use your wooden spoon to toss all these ingredients together until they are well-blended, and the fruit is evenly dotted with the walnuts, marshmallows, and the tiny flecks of coconut.

  • 5

    Once this is done, fold in the whipped topping, and mix in the ground cinnamon and nutmeg as a finishing touch. Cover the bowl with cling film, and slide it into the refrigerator. Chill for 30 to 45 minutes, then take it out and serve cold.

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