Ambrosia Salad

This ambrosia salad will take you straight back to your childhood. The best creamy fruit salad with mini marshmallows mixed in!

Ambrosia Salad just screams summertime! It’s one of my favorite side dishes to take to BBQ’s and potlucks during the summer. It’s light, creamy, and sweet just like cheesecake fruit salad and pistachio salad.

ambrosia fruit salad in a red bowl with a cherry on top

Fruit Salad with Marshmallows

What is ambrosia salad? There are so many versions of it, but it’s a fruit salad that almost always includes coconut, which makes it a try ambrosia salad.

I mean, what sounds better than marshmallows and sweet fruit mixed together with whipped cream? Yes, please! It’s the best salad for pot lucks, summer picnics, family get-togethers, pool parties, etc.!

This is definitely our go-to salad recipe when we have a summer party to attend. It’s chilled, sweet, and the best side dish to any meal!

ambrosia salad ingredients in a bowl before mixing

Making + Tips

To start this tasty salad, add the cream and sugar to your kitchen-aid mixer bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form. Add in the sour cream and whisk until combined. Fold in the mini marshmallows, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, coconut, pecans and cherries until combined.

Transfer to a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving. That’s it. SO easy, right?

Wondering what other ingredients you can add to this salad? Try some of these:

  • bananas
  • cottage cheese
  • raspberries
  • cubed apples
  • sliced grapes
  • chopped nuts

MAKE AHEAD: Feel free to make this salad a day ahead of time—this will help it stay properly chilled before serving time. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or tightly cover the bowl in plastic wrap. Leftover ambrosia salad will keep for about 3 days if stored properly.

closeup of ambrosia salad in a red bowl

Perfect for Summertime

Summer is here! Which means it is the perfect time to make this salad. There is no wrong occasion for this salad!

It pairs perfectly with hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, or really any summer food. Remember to make a big batch because it will go fast around a group of hungry friends and family!

For more great summer recipes, check out:

Ambrosia Salad Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Ambrosia Salad will take you straight back to your childhood. This Southern creamy fruit salad is filled with mini marshmallows!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 203 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 oz sour cream
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 clementines
  • 1/2 cup strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple chopped
  • 1 cup coconut grated
  • 1 cup pecans chopped (and toasted)
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries drained


  • Add the cream and sugar to your kitchen-aid mixer bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form.
  • Add sour cream and whisk until combined.
  • Fold in marshmallows, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, coconut, pecans, and cherries until combined.
  • Transfer to a medium bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving.
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  1. 5 stars
    Abrosia Salad was a HIT with the entire family. There was none left after our family party! This will definitely be added to our Recipe Book!

  2. 5 stars
    I could eat this all summer long! It’s so refreshing & the cream mixture is so easy & delicious! I love changing up the fruit, too!

  3. 5 stars
    YOU’RE so right thIs recipe does take me back to childhood! My graNdma made this salad often. I PARTICULARLY love that you can use pretty much any fruit you have on hand and its always yummy!

  4. I like that you add NUTRITIONal information, but you don’t say what the serving size is. I have a diabetic in the house and need to know the serving size to calculate his diabetic maintenance plan. You know, 1 cup for example. Thank you.