Easy ambrosia recipe for you that just takes a few ingredients and is really yummy. Dessert side dish with fruit and marshmallows our whole family loves.
This easy ambrosia recipe is a yummy sweet side dish that was always at our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. I thought everyone made this until I got married, went to my in laws house for the holidays the first year, and asked “where is the ambrosia?” I quickly realized it wasn’t something that everyone made, so I made it the next year and it was a HIT! If you’ve been looking for a good Ambrosia recipe, or would like to try it for the first time yourself….here’s a yummy and easy recipe for you. (originally published 5/16)
There are seriously only 5 ingredients to this yummy treat, and you just dump ’em right into a bowl.
You can use fresh pineapple but typically I use canned (chunks or bits) so I can throw it all together in less than 5 minutes.
You can serve it right away or better yet leave it in the fridge for an hour or so before serving and the fruit and marshmallows soak up the “juice” and thicken it up a bit which makes this ambrosia amazing!
This is what you need to make this easy ambrosia recipe:
- Pineapple – I like tidbits rather than chunks (drained but keep about 1/4 c. of the juice to add to your recipe)
- Mandarin oranges
- Sweetened shredded coconut
- Sour cream
- Chopped walnuts – optional
After you make this try our pistachio pudding ambrosia recipe too.
You can use less or more coconut…or none at all if you want to leave that out.
I have used light sour cream and regular and there isn’t too much of a difference so if you want to save a few calories just use the light version.
Here’s a printable recipe card for you too:
Easy Ambrosia Recipe
- 1 can mandarin oranges drained
- 1 can pineapple tidbits drain, keep 1/4 c. juice to add into recipe
- 8 oz sour cream can use light
- 1 c small marshmallows
- 1/2 c sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 c walnuts crushed, optional
- Add all ingredients together except marshmallows.
- Stir until coated
- Gently fold in marshmallows and make sure everything is creamy and coated.
- Cover bowl and refrigerate for the best results, at least an hour.
You can omit the marshmallows too but quite frankly that is the kids’ favorite part and you can call it dessert if you want, it is sweet enough and my kids have opted for an ambrosia dessert rather than ice cream before.
A great side dish for any BBQ or occasion. If you love our easy ambrosia recipe you should try our creamy fruit salad too. A bit different but a similar idea though using fresh fruit and the dressing is a bit different.
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