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This Tropical Fluff Ambrosia is the 1950s marshmallow fantasy you’ve been dreaming of! This ambrosia salad recipe is a combination of fluff and dessert salad – it’s such a great potluck recipe.
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Tropical Ambrosia Salad Recipe
Ambrosia salad is my favorite kind of salad. It counts, right? For those unfamiliar, ambrosia salad is a fruity marshmallow no-bake dessert that is popular for gracing the tables of each and every housewife hostess in midcentury America. Ambrosia salad is synonymous with poodle skirts, sockhops, and summer evenings enjoyed in the suburbs; so it’s no surprise that so many of us grew up eating our grandma’s famous fluffy recipe!
- Vanilla pudding mix – instant vanilla pudding (the small box)
- Milk or Nondairy Milk – use any kind you like
- Maraschino cherries – drained and patted dry
- Canned pineapple – crushed, drained very well
- Canned mandarin oranges – drained
- Mini marshmallows
- Coconut – sweetened, shredded
How to Make Ambrosia Salad
- Whisk pudding: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pudding mix and almond milk. Allow the mixture to sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes thicker.
- Slice cherries: Make sure that all of your prepared fruit is well drained, then cut the cherries in half.
- Combine ingredients: Add the fruit, marshmallows, coconut, and nuts into the pudding mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Chill: Place the salad in the refrigerator and allow it to chill for about one hour or until the salad has set.
- Use stemless maraschino cherries if you can. Its okay to grab the stemmed ones, but you’ll have to pluck them off later!
- If you want to opt for fresh mandarins as opposed to canned ones, they’ll work just fine.
- Make sure that your pineapple has drained as much as possible. You’d be surprised how much juice is in that can!
- You can also use pistachio pudding mix to make this a Watergate ambrosia salad recipe.
In a refrigerated airtight container, ambrosia salad will last up to three days.
Ambrosia salad originated from the late 19th century but became especially popular in the mid-20th century.
Ambrosia salad is a mixture of marshmallows, fruit, and often sour cream or pudding mix.
Tropical Ambrosia Salad
- 2 3.4 ounces each boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 ¼ cups milk
- 1 16 ounce / 454g jar maraschino cherries , drained and patted dry
- 1 20 ounces / 567g can crushed pineapple , drained very well
- 1 15 ounces / 425g can mandarin oranges , drained
- 2 ½ cups mini marshmallows
- 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup chopped almonds optional
- Whisk pudding and almondmilk in a large bowl. Let sit for 3-5 minutes until thickened.
- Slice cherries in half. Make sure all fruit is drained well.
- Stir fruit, marshmallows, coconut, and nuts (if using) into pudding. Chill until set, about 1 hour.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Last Updated on May 17, 2023