Ambrosia (fruit salad)

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An ambrosia salad prepared for a potluck topped with canned mandarin orange slices, maraschino cherries, and a canned pineapple ring
Alternative names5 cup salad
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsPineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and coconut
Video of ambrosia salad preparation

Ambrosia is an American variety of fruit salad. Most ambrosia recipes contain canned (often sweetened) or fresh pineapple, canned mandarin orange slices or fresh orange sections, miniature marshmallows,[1] and coconut.[2] Other ingredients might include various fruits and nuts: maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries,[3] peeled grapes, or crushed pecans. Ambrosia can also include mayonnaise or dairy ingredients: whipped cream (or whipped topping), sour cream, cream cheese, pudding, yogurt, or cottage cheese.

The mixture of all the ingredients is refrigerated for a few hours or overnight before serving to allow the flavors to meld.


The name references the food of the Greek gods.[4] It originated in the late 19th century.[citation needed]

In 2017, "ambrosia" was the most-searched-for Thanksgiving dish by people in Vermont.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Teal, Kimberley. "Ambrosia Fruit Salad". Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "ambrosia". Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Lagasse, Emeril (2000). "Kicked Up Ambrosia Salad Parfaits". Food Network. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Griffiths, Alan H. (1996), "Ambrosia", in Hornblower, Simon; Spawforth, Anthony, Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-521693-8
  5. ^ Bennett, Abbie (November 12, 2018). "What Thanksgiving recipe do people search for most? In the Carolinas, it's cheesy". newsobserver. Retrieved May 10, 2019.

External links[edit]

Ambrosia Fruit Salad at Wikibooks