This easy ambrosia recipe can be served as a salad course or as a fruit dessert. In the South, ambrosia is very popular on holiday menus. And don't miss Ambrosia for a Crowd.
To prepare an ambrosia salad, decrease amounts of coconut and confectioners sugar and use a variety of fruits.
This ambrosia recipe is best served the same day but can be refrigerated up to 1 day. Keep well covered.
Easy Ambrosia Recipe
6 navel oranges, peeled and cut into segments (see video below)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup confectioners sugar, or to taste
1 small bottle maraschino cherries, drained well (optional)
In a serving dish or parfait glasses, arrange orange segments and coconut in layers, sprinkling each layer with confectioners sugar. When ready to serve, gently toss in the cherries.
* Add 1 14-15.5-ounce drained can of pineapple chunks to the oranges
* Use sliced strawberries in place of the cherries
* Add 1 sliced banana just before service
* For Dessert Whipped Topping: Add 2 tablespoons grated orange rind to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Gently stir in 2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Top ambrosia dessert with orange cream just before service
Learn how to segment an orange for fresh ambrosia salad
Simple Ambrosia for a Crowd
Use the proportions as stated and vary fruits as desired.
1 1/2 pounds canned mandarin oranges, drained
1 3/4 pounds canned pineapple tidbits, drained
6-ounces miniature marshmallows
3-ounces sweetened shredded coconut
6-ounces plain yogurt or low-fat sour cream
Combine fruits, marshmallows, and coconut. Add yogurt and toss lightly to combine.