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Fruit salad with cherries, mandarin oranges, coconut, and cool whip

Ambrosia Fruit Salad- With Sour Cream and Cool Whip

Ambrosia Salad is an American variation of fruit salad that has been around for years. This classic "church salad" has been made for many dinner gatherings.
Course Dessert, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 229kcal


  • 3/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 11 oz mandarin oranges drained
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple drained
  • 10 oz maraschino cherries drained
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows


  • Bake 3/4 cup chopped pecans at 350 for 5 minutes. Allow the pecans to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine pecans, 8 oz cool whip, 1/2 cup sour cream, 11 oz mandarin oranges (drained), 20 oz crushed pineapple (drained), 10 oz maraschino cherries (drained), 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, and 2 cups marshmallows.
  • You can serve immediately, but I like to chill mine at least an hour before serving.


When making ambrosia fruit salad, set aside a little of your coconut flakes and a few of your oranges and cherries. You can use them to garnish. It will make your ambrosia salad pretty!


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.6mg