Michele…being from Pittsburgh originally, I was drawn to your blog…and stayed because of your heart and talent. Wonderful memories. I think it would be entirely too sweet for me if I used cool whip! I think of my “Granny” and “Grandma” almost daily and both sadly have been gone many years now. It was served as a refreshing salad with dinner, especially on the hot, SoCal summers. We’ve been eating it in my family since I was old enough to chew, and most likely, for decades before I was even a blip on the radar. She’s gone now as we lost her too soon but I pinned this so I can make it one day and think of all the great memories of her. Essential tools, baking lists, make-ahead tips, quick recipes, and more! I’m going to have to try it! When we were young mothers, I asked my best friend if she had a recipe for an easy ambrosia salad that I could take to a cookout later that evening. Ambrosia Salad with Cool Whip (this is my homemade recipe) for the whipped cream in this ambrosia recipe if that’s what you have. Thanks for a neat post. I think this may end up being dessert tonight. Yum! I find it unpleasant to be promised ‘your’ recipe, but then have to enroll/sign up to another site. i’ve also successfully swapped the sour cream with plain yogurt. 3 tbsp powdered sugar. And I totally can relate to Italian Grandmas – You eat a huge plate of food that can feed an entire family and she says “You didn’t eat nothin’!”. What a treat this will be! All the discussion about it here is making me crave it even more! Thank you. I include maraschino cherries and use sour cream, not Cool Whip (like several others have said), and I use chunk pineapple, not crushed. In first grade we had to bring in a snack to share with our class, and I brought individual paper cups filled with it for everyone. Ambrosia, or Ambrosia Salad, is a variation on a traditional fruit salad that’s become a classic Southern recipe that’s usually served at Thanksgiving or Christmas. I’m going to make this after a 20-year hiatus and now back with my mother who doesn’t remember even having made it one time, and she made it a thousand! Cool Whip is a prepared whipped topping. My family called it honeymoon salad made with sour cream instead of cool whip and my mom always added a cup of chopped pecans because I always remember this being made along side lime jello with shaved carrots and pecans in it. Mom always made a separate dish without coconut for one of my sisters. I, too, have found myself thinking, we’ll have to ask Gram (although her hearing was pretty bad, so asking was difficult :) Same with looking at pictures – can’t ask anymore who those people were from back in 1940…. I remember making this recipe as a young bride back in the 60’s! Ambrosia is tremendously adaptable. Also, to cut down on the sweetness, I use unsweetened coconut. It was always in the cupboard. We generally use sour cream and add maraschino cherries. My search is over. So when that subscribe box appears, simply click “close” and you will be able to access the recipe. Ambrosia can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The name wouldn’t be considered PC these days but this was about 50 yrs. I brought this to a BBQ last summer and our friends’ children never had the pleasure of eating this light and tasty favorite. sometimes I add coconut and or marshmallows, but it’s just as good without it. ago. Have you ever heard it referred to as funeral salad?! I can’t wait not only to make it but eat it too. I’ve seen many versions while looking for this one. For those who are blessed to have their parents and grandparents around, please take the time to video tape them. I can’t believe I’ve never had ambrosia salad! I, too, rooted around for the cherries and it seemed to me that you may have had one whole cherry per can. The night before serving, grind the cranberries and stir them and rendered juice into the marshmellows and sugar. This was so good and extremely easy! There is certainly a piece of your grandmother in you, and you emulate her every time you recreate one of her recipes :). By the way the cottage cheese made it not so sweet. Just mix up the filling for a pie and bake it in a buttered casserole dish. Hi Louise. 3 large oranges or 4 smaller ones 2 small cans mandarin oranges Such a nice post… I lost my Sicilian mom this past February, and at least once a day my hand reaches for the phone to call her until I catch myself. Growing up we always had Ambrosia Salad on the holiday table. I just stumbled upon it and was shocked that it actually tasted the same with the measured quantities because I know she never measured anything for this recipe! Major success! So simple, yet so good. Your grandma’s version sounds like the one I grew up with. Oh, I love ambrosia. Unfortunately cool whip does contain milk proteins, so I’m going to substitute “Sour Supreme”. Thank you for helping me bring back these nice memories! I use sour cream not pudding in mine. When I made and photographed this recipe, I made it for another website. And yes, my Grandma always had fruit cocktail in her pantry too! Great for celiac, allergy suffers. Thanks for sharing :). ), and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What a lovely post. I love my mother’s Ambrosia. My children affectionately refer to Watergate Salad as Green Squish. But I love the easy measurements, makes it so easy to remember! Hello and welcome! Oh dear. Here’s the Ambrosia I grew up with (I turn 60 on Saturday): 1 small can chunky pineapple, reserving juice We do this all the time for dessert. 1 ounce cheesecake Sugar Free Jell-O pudding unprepared. Your version sounds wonderful!!! Check out Alton Brown’s recipe at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/ambrosia-recipe/index.html. It's a fruit salad with some extra little bits tossed in and mixed together in a sweet, creamy base. If my husband is looking over my shoulder, we will be having it again very soon. Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely summer, stay safe! I try to accommodate her as much as possible so she isn’t left out of the eating fun, which to me are some of the best Christmas memories! Sprinkle the fruit with cheesecake flavored pudding mix and stir to coat everything. She was asked to bring it recently but couldn’t even remember how to begin. My family too uses sour cream, but they also add halved maraschino cherries. My Grandma could even make a simple sandwich taste like the most amazing thing you ever had. I’m personally, very close to my dad and I can’t imagine ever losing him. I have to make it soon. It continues to amaze me just how much a recipe can transport us to times in our lives we hold so precious. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Yep, my gram also had an endless supply of fruit cocktail in her cupboard. Being a Pittsburgh girl myself, we actually referred to this as ‘funeral salad.’ I never thought twice about it until I was older and asked my grandmother in front of family friends if she was going to make it. Totally nostalgic for me, too!! My grandma started it and my mom continued it. Keep reading for lots of variations! My grandma always made a salad very similar to this every Thanksgiving. My love for swings comes from my mother’s father (who would push me on the swings for hours when I was a baby), my passion for science comes from my father’s father, and my love for gardening and crafting comes from my father’s mother. The perfect summer treat! How have I lived 32 years of marriage without remembering ambrosia? Michelle, Just wondering if you double the ambrosia recipe or not? Combine fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges and cherries in a large bowl. I remember having a version of this salad as a kid. I love ambrosia, so much! I did not grow up having any grandparents on either side nor did I grow up with a father so I urge everyone to cherish who ever they have and make beautiful memories that will transcend along not only your lifetime but maybe your grandchildren as well if we are so blessed. I miss my Nanny with all my heart, even though she never cooked, she worked outside the home, there were a few recipes she had that i adore just like you do. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Also I loved your commentary on your Italian grandmother’s hospitality–what you said is so true!!! I can’t ever remember a time before ambrosia. Fold in marshmallows and chill for at least one hour before serving. https://www.kraftrecipes.com/brands/coolwhip/products/20002/products, colleen @ Secrets fromthe Cookie Princess, http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/ambrosia-recipe/index.html. Often it’s stuff that I didn’t know I’d want to know when I was much younger. Delicious the next day when when the “Grape Nuts” softened. My mom has also been making Ambrosia since before I can remember (I was a kid in the 70s). Make sure you drain all the fruit. YESSSSS….Ms. At its core, however, it traditionally contains pineapple and oranges (either fresh or canned), miniature marshmallows, and coconut. I also disliked the grapes. Ambrosia Salad is a traditional Southern recipe that has enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the United States. I think it’s even better once it has been chilled for a few hours, but you can also serve it immediately if you need to! Everyone just loves hers, and she includes horseradish sauce! Flo. The coloured marshmallows sweeten it up overnight. That said, ambrosia is totally adaptable, and can include some combination of the following: Okay, we have the main ingredients above, but what holds it all together? This was so much a staple with us too. Back then we used dream whip which was pkgs of whipped topping mix added to milk. 15 years ago I married. Did you ever have the “green” version of this with pistachio pudding mix added and no mandarins? So delicious! The thing is, at that age you don’t even really know all the things you’d like to know. Now, being a more health conscious grandma, my spin on this classic is to use organic vanilla yougurt…it is just as delicious! Thanks for a memory. Enjoy :). :), This is the southern ambrosia I grew up with. The real deal for ambrosia salad. It’s been a holiday staple my entire life and is always gobbled up at potlucks. Elisa, why don’t you just make her pumpkin pie without the crust? Yes, this is how I remember it. Put in large bowl and add juice squeezed from the remaining carcasses of the fruit. I’m sure you’ll be the one to pass this recipe down to the future generations and *you’ll* be just like your grandmother. What a lovely post =] And the pictures are gorgeous. I lost my grandmother 10 years ago at 91, but she is always close to my heart and in thought. I love it mostly though because I finally found a dessert that I could make for my Sister in-law who has Celiac Disease and can’t have any wheat products. Here Ambrosia is a milk, sugar and egg mixture cooked a lot on the stove, that ends up like a cross between flan and bread pudding. And often it’s about recipes. You could definitely use real fruit, although I have never tried it. Keyword ambrosia recipes, holiday dessert recipes, easy recipes for a ladies luncheon, potluck recipes, fruit salad recipes, southern ambrosia recipe. I am delighted to see pics you shared and looking forward to make this tonight. The lesson here? Directions I remember making this years ago for office celebrations and it was always a big hit ( I also used sour cream instead of CoolWhip). This is a really sweet post. Classic Ambrosia Salad Recipe | The Kitchen is My Playground There’s a link below the picture that will take you to the recipe :). I will have to try this and see if I can tweak it to what I remember. What pleasant memories you have! Packed with mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, fruit cocktail, marshmallow, maraschino cherries, and a simple Jell-O pudding this dessert has all the flavorful punches you’re craving! When I’m feeling quirky, I add some cinnamon and nutmeg. I’m so sorry for your loss, Megan, but glad I could help conjure up some good memories :) xo. (Sometimes it’s referred to as “Watergate Salad“). Next add in the sour cream and the Cool Whip and stir well. Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four grown children. Much obliged. I have used the colored marshmallows, but it doesn’t work well. Nineteen is pretty young to lose your father. Like fresh orange wedges, fresh pineapple, and maybe homemade whipped cream? I think sometimes it’s called Watergate salad. Now I can make her some ;). As I had said I married 15 years ago and it was not until a shower was hosted in my Granny ‘s home by my Mother and Aunts, complete with rolled sandwiches, 5 cup salad and tea in a collection of tea cups, did I really believe that I was getting married! (Did anyone else’s grandma have can after can of fruit cocktail in the pantry? Ambrosia can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I love this post,your remembering your grandmother through this ambrosia salad and some day you’ll make it for your grandkids and they’ll make it calling it your ambrosia salad. My grandma made is every year at Christmas. I also use the sour cream and do try using the light version or fat free. If your fruit was packed in syrup, definitely rinse it in cold water and drain again. We had it frequently at large family gatherings. Great way to get kids to eat fruit! Just the fruit. I add sliced bananas and uncrushed pecans or walnuts or whateverer is available. Any way. Thanks for sharing. I used pineapple chunks and added cherries and pecans to make it as close as possible, everyone thinks it tastes just like Mom’s Ambrosia. I would like the recipe for your Ambrosia Salad, Thank you. As a kid I remember watching her feel each and every orange and grapefruit with a smile on her face. Prep Time 15 minutes. I’m 66. Add in the … The advice you give about cherishing the moments you have is something we should all remember with regard to all of our loved ones. FINALLY! Fruit cocktail usually includes peaches, pears, grapes, pineapple, and cherries. My sister and I still love it but our husbands think it’s disgusting! 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Dunk banana slices in reserved pineapple juice, drain. BTW, my Italian born mom always had at least 6 huge cans of fruit cocktail in the pantry! my family makes something similar, but instead of cool whip( it seems so slimey and oily to me) we would use sour cream…and mix it all together and it adds a perfectly fresh sweetness. Thanks Kellie that is my missing ingredient I was missing I just remember 7 things and got everything except the sour cream. Aww, I am so glad that you might be able to use the recipe to help your grandma. Thank you so much for sharing, it sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe and letting us share in your memories. It had mandarin oranges, pineapple, and of all things cottage cheese with lime jello. We make this salad, but use sour cream instead of cool whip. Will need to make this in honor of your Grandma. Works like a charm. Add marshmallows and coconut. it is sour cream. Does any one know if ambrosia can be made without coconut. Hopefully I can do it justice. My mom said my grandma used canned mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple. It was very popular. Made it and it was a big hit. 1 small jar maraschino cherries (including juice) Will make this for Christmas. Can you Please tell me what is Cool Whip? 2 bananas, sliced Known in some circles as “fruit salad with marshmallows”, this easy five-ingredient dessert takes only five minutes to make, is super customizable, and perfect for serving a crowd. I cup chunk pineapple tid bits 1 cup oranges, 1 cup marshmallows, 1 cup coconut, 1 cup sour cream. I remember my sister and I loving this as kids. My grandma’s Ambrosia recipe contained sectioned grapefruit and oranges (This took a long time, and she usually enlisted her granddaughters’ help for that part), coconut, pecans, and maraschino cherries. Why bother when cool whip is so good for you?????? And this just reminded me of all her fabulous recipes :) My aunt is putting together a book of them for me. Thanks for sharing. Both my mom and I love it and I’m a mom too. Thanks for the great recipe! Hoping this will work! Use the canned fruits w/ 100% fruit juice. Here is the link to the product: https://www.kraftrecipes.com/brands/coolwhip/products/20002/products. That is so unbelievably heartbreaking about your father. I have had ambrosia salad for years, since I was a kid, but my mom never made it with Cool Whip. Or would all that change it too much from the original flavor? Fill the well with the ambrosia (I add maraschino cherries), replace the top and frost with more Cool Whip…..wonderful summer dessert! Amanda!!!! 1 grapefruit, pink Is it suppose to be cream cheese?? what I wouldn’t give for just one more day with those in my life who have passed … it’s funny how the thoughts flood in when those people are gone, all the things you wish and want to know more about but never thought anything more about. We’re not entirely sure, but we are guessing it’s a play off of the term used in Greek mythology that describes “food of the Gods”. For example, my mother’s mother made “Nana cookies” the way yours made ambrosia, so I feel as if I am channeling her whenever I duplicate that recipe. My grandparents have been gone for quite a few years now, however, that doesn’t stop me from asking questions or seeking their guidance. I love ambrosia. We are from Georgia. —Melissa Meinke, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania. Must be a popular item among old ladies :) This ambrosia salad looks just like the one my gram made for us, great memories! Instead I was required to send visitors to the other site where the recipe lives. Nutritional values are based on one serving, The Ultimate List of Christmas Baking Ideas. :). As for the other site, they do have a pop up that asks you to sign up for their free newsletter. Thank you for sharing yours. That might work! Such a mainstay. Mom said again this year “Sure wish I could remember that dish I made that me and Dad like so much.” Told her I’d make it again. I LOVE ambrosia! Coconut, marshmallows and sour cream. Can’t get a kid near grapefruit. Mahalo for posting this recipe. It’s turned into a complete family affair. I also have always used cut up peaches (canned and drained when fresh isn’t available) along with the pineapple and Mandarin oranges. They’re always the best! I had to sift thru tons of pages to find a website that had it correctly and also included a photo. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/quick-ambrosia-fruit-salad Just tasting it brought tears to my eyes. As long as there are lots of maraschino cherries, I’m there. This salad looks so delicious and the presentation is very nice! Haven’t made it for years, but you have given me a nudge to make it this summer. Any my class hated it! 1 small jar maraschino cherries, halved. I know my Grandma would have loved this. I don’t have a positive memory. My mother made Ambrosia salad (with maraschino cherries added because everything is better with a cherry on top) for a class picnic when I was in the 4th grade and forever after that I was known as the girl with a chef mom. Vintage 1950s ambrosia salad, perfect for every party, is made with canned fruit, marshmallows, coconut, and nuts (or not) in a creamy dressing. Yes, canned fruit is a grandma thing. Mom or NeeNee would throw in some bananas sometimes. I always make rice krispie treats on my dessert list for holidays. Thanks! So tonight, I made it using Cool Whip. be sure to drain pineapple. Hi Rachel, I have never heard of “funeral salad”! This was a different take on mine as it called for crushed pineapple and it was delicious! ❤️️. Thanks for prompting happy memories! My grandma also made it but she didn’t use cool whip, pudding, sour cream or anything. It should come as no shock to you that kids find it amazing and hilarious. 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