Fruit Cocktail Ambrosia Salad

This is one of the most fun desserts to make. And, if you’re looking for an easy no-bake, and no-cook recipe to make with children or even by yourself, then search no more! This recipe is calling your name.

Ambrosia Salad is a creamy fruit salad that’s made with all sorts of ingredients such as fruit Cool Whip, Marshmallows (rainbow or regular), and sour cream. I love using Cool Whip with this recipe because it yields a creamy fruit salad. Different recipes may call for slightly different ingredients. However, many Ambrosia Salad recipes taste similar. 

When I was young and would go to the farmers’ market with my family, I would always eyeball the ambrosia salad. I was amazed by how it was labeled a “salad” but it looked like such a sweet dessert. That’s because it’s a bit of both. It is a fruit salad that duplicates as a dessert.  I never tried this recipe however until I got older and was able to purchase it myself. And, while it is sweet, it’s not too sweet due to the addition of the sour cream that helps to balance out the flavor.

As a time saver and for a budget-friendly recipe, this recipe uses a can of fruit cocktail. In addition to the fruit cocktail, a can of diced pineapple and some green seedless grapes are used in the salad too.  

If you would like to use other fruit such as bananas or mandarin oranges, then you are certainly welcome to add them. I added the green grapes since I had some left that I did not want to go to waste. 

So, if you are looking for something unique and different to make then try making this. Although this is a known food, not many people think to make it when it comes to a large gathering or simply a small get-together. And, if you don’t like the additional fruits that are listed on the ingredient list, then feel free to add a few fruits of your own. 

Fruit Cocktail Ambrosia Salad

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Recipe by Madison Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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  • 8 oz 8 container Cool Whip

  • 2 tablespoons 2 confectioners’ sugar

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 sour cream

  • 1 cup 1 mini marshmallows

  • ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut

  • 8 oz 8 can fruit cocktail, drained

  • 1 cup 1 pineapple tidbits, drained

  • 1 cup 1 green grapes, cut in half


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Hopefully, you enjoy making this quick, fun, and easy Ambrosia Salad recipe. Let us know in the comments below just how you like this recipe. And, let us know if you choose to add any additional fruit! Until next time…Happy Eating! 

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  1. Used to be called 5 cup salad
    1cup pineapple chunks drained
    1cup mandarin oranges drained
    1cup mini marshmallows
    1cup shredded coconut
    1 cup sour cream

    I make it pretty by putting sliced maraschino cherries to add some color and maybe a bit of juice to make salad slightly pink

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