It added a nice tangy flavour but you would never guess it was sour cream! My grandmother also made a variation that included pecans, coconut, mandarin oranges and sour cream plus a can of fruit cocktail. By the way the cottage cheese made it not so sweet. I love my mother’s Ambrosia. That might work! Hi Rachel, I have never heard of “funeral salad”! Did you ever have the “green” version of this with pistachio pudding mix added and no mandarins? And thank you for sharing your grandma’s recipe! For those who are blessed to have their parents and grandparents around, please take the time to video tape them. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. The first time I’d even heard of Ambrosia was on Top Chef Masters and I think I was as befuddled as the guy who got it since it didn’t look all too appetizing. Toppings – My mom is Italian and we always want to have more than enough and choices (something for everyone). I’ve tried making the “salad” both ways and couldn’t taste any difference between the two. I love it mostly though because I finally found a dessert that I could make for my Sister in-law who has Celiac Disease and can’t have any wheat products. All I know is that it was SO bad for you. Yikes! It was great and had no coconut in it. Haven’t made it for years, but you have given me a nudge to make it this summer. My mom has a hand written version of this, except she threw in a small can of fruit cocktail and a little sour cream. This is a really sweet post. I also use the sour cream and do try using the light version or fat free. Though I am in my 60’s, I still remember those times together with fondness. I make mine with two packs of Jello, one can crushed pineapple, 2 packs of cream cheese, one large cool whip. Combine cottage cheese, pineapple, and gelatin in a bowl, stirring well. Cool Whip is a prepared whipped topping. No problem. Thanks for the post. We do this all the time for dessert. You wrote about wanting to ask your dad or grandma questions. Ours mainly used whatever was in the house too. I, too, rooted around for the cherries and it seemed to me that you may have had one whole cherry per can. Could I completely omit the coconut? Sure thing! That is of course if our future families carry on our tradition. Thanks for he recipe. I was reading peoples comments elsewhere up above and saw a lady used Greek yogurt in her Ambrosia. 3 large oranges or 4 smaller ones Yes! I little nicer than moron salad, haha. So tonight, I made it using Cool Whip. My mil used to do a cooked version of this with cream and egg, almost like a custard. I’v never had Ambrosia before, but I must try it soon! Totally nostalgic for me, too!! So that is why I am wondering if you doubled the ambrosia recipe. I used to have it every year at Christmas, but haven’t had it for years. It was served as a refreshing salad with dinner, especially on the hot, SoCal summers. Whipped topping, pineapple, grapes, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries and coconut flakes! Best wishes to her! 1 small jar maraschino cherries (including juice) Stir gently until sugar is incorporated; then chill covered for 1 hour. be sure to drain pineapple. As I had said I married 15 years ago and it was not until a shower was hosted in my Granny ‘s home by my Mother and Aunts, complete with rolled sandwiches, 5 cup salad and tea in a collection of tea cups, did I really believe that I was getting married! This is one of my favorites.It’s so fresh and light I just love it.I tried to make it from memory,I almost done it.I used crushed pineapple and it got lost in all the other ingredients.It was still good,and I m so glad I found your recipe just to know I rememberd it! I include maraschino cherries and use sour cream, not Cool Whip (like several others have said), and I use chunk pineapple, not crushed. Thanks for sharing! Pink Lady Salad is 5 ingredient vintage Jello salad that include cottage cheese, canned pineapple and Cool Whip. All my fruits in juice… no syrup (and NO coconut) ! Sounds like nothing a foodie would whip up but it went great with ham. Thank you so much! Storing this recipe. I was searching the web for this exact recipe. My mother made it – and I am 74. And we have always thought of it as a salad and not a dessert. But thank you for taking me back to family reunion potluck dinners. I have used the colored marshmallows, but it doesn’t work well. Ambrosia is an American version of fruit salad that dates back to the late 19th century and it seems as though everyone’s family has their own recipe or spin on it. Get one of our Fruit cocktail salad with cool whip recipe and prepare delicious and healthy treat for your family or friends. His favorite, and he has forgotten it. A good choice if you want less chemicals in your food. Add pineapple and oranges. My grandma made is every year at Christmas. I love the way you put this, so true, and beautiful. If you make this recipe and love it, I would so appreciate it if you would take a moment to leave a rating below. It had mandarin oranges, pineapple, and of all things cottage cheese with lime jello.  My Watergate salad was mandarin oranges, crushed  Buy the pineapples and mandarin orange slices canned in water or juice, rather than syrup to make the recipe as low in sugar as possible. I think the fresh whipped cream would be okay if you’re definitely going to eat it the same day. It would be amazing with fresh whipped creamtoo though!! AMBROSIA SALAD. It would be a completely different flavor profile from this recipe, but he uses all fresh ingredients including homemade marshmallows. The “melted” marshmallows, combined with the whipped cream give you the texture of Coolwhip, without having said ingredient. I lost all of my grandparents by the time I was 12, but I’m glad to have a few memories of them still. 1 grapefruit, white I think sometimes it’s called Watergate salad. Ambrosia is tremendously adaptable. Share a photo and tag us — we can’t wait to see what you’ve made! What pleasant memories you have! Smooth down, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. I would love to hear a response from anyone. what I wouldn’t give for just one more day with those in my life who have passed … it’s funny how the thoughts flood in when those people are gone, all the things you wish and want to know more about but never thought anything more about. If you don’t eat all the salad … Learn how to cook great Fruit cocktail salad with cool whip . She loved all things marshmallow and coconut :) She made the version with sour cream, which is how I make it as well. I relate to your reaching for them before thinking. Now, being a more health conscious grandma, my spin on this classic is to use organic vanilla yougurt…it is just as delicious! I lost my grandmother a few years back but everytime my mom cooks something of hers,it brings me back to being small in my grandmothers house. Then mix together Cool Whip and sour cream in a large bowl. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a super tasty dessert with just 100 calories per serving. So delicious! I’m so sorry for your loss, Megan, but glad I could help conjure up some good memories :) xo. 15 years ago I married. Mix thoroughly. They were dog-eared little recipe collections put together in the 1980’s by the members of my Mom’s Women’s Club. STEP ONE: In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese on low until smooth. I don’t suppose this recipe could be modified to make it less processed? My family called it honeymoon salad made with sour cream instead of cool whip and my mom always added a cup of chopped pecans because I always remember this being made along side lime jello with shaved carrots and pecans in it. I had read on other recipes (not on here) about a lady who liked the flavor of coconut but not the actual texture and she substituted coconut flavored yogurt/greek yogurt. I smile and tell them that it is a pint of sour cream. Or you can just sprinkle a little shredded coconut on top as a garnish. I need to talk to my niece but it really sounds like it might have been made from a ambrosia recipe. So let’s just put it in air quotes. Love it! There is certainly a piece of your grandmother in you, and you emulate her every time you recreate one of her recipes :). Y’all know how much I adore my old-fashioned potluck recipes! As far as the memories it so true. Any my class hated it! The lesson here? Take poke cake for example. I seem to remember Dream Whip instead of Cool Whip and in warmer months leave the creamy part out altogether. For example, my mother’s mother made “Nana cookies” the way yours made ambrosia, so I feel as if I am channeling her whenever I duplicate that recipe. Your grandma’s version sounds like the one I grew up with. 1/2 C broken walnut meats that’s what we always called Ambrosia Salad. I think it would be entirely too sweet for me if I used cool whip! Add grapes, banana slices, cherries and juice, and powdered sugar. My search is over. I love your personal touches to your entries. Is there a substitution for the shredded coconut?…. Your version sounds wonderful!!! Nutritional values are based on one serving, The Ultimate List of Christmas Baking Ideas. Just use 1/2 cup of one or the other. love it. Thank you. I have made this for years and use Sour Cream instead of Cool Whip. Michelle, Just wondering if you double the ambrosia recipe or not? 1.  Using a colander or sieve, drain as much of the liquid from the oranges, cherries and pineapple as you can.  Keep the oranges separate from the other fruit because you are going to mix it in last. I don’t have a positive memory. When I’m feeling quirky, I add some cinnamon and nutmeg. i’ve also successfully swapped the sour cream with plain yogurt. The thing is, at that age you don’t even really know all the things you’d like to know. Glad you were able to share a family recipe. Yes, this is how I remember it. It continues to amaze me just how much a recipe can transport us to times in our lives we hold so precious. I could definitely relate to this post. Add marshmallows and coconut. You’ll also need a bag of mini marshmallows, a can of pineapple tidbits, a can of mandarin oranges, a jar of maraschino cherries and a half a cup of sour cream. Add … :). My daughter told my parents it was a school project and now we have video of grandma cooking with a pinch of this and handful of that and grandpa describing growing up in a one room house in Ireland. I grew up eating Ambrosia Salad and I fed it to my children. It was ridiculously simple to make, but who cares? I love ambrosia, so much! I so wish we would have done this! I remember having a version of this salad as a kid. (Or is that figuratively? We used with your recipe – except used sour cream. Sure thing! Sadly, I have no picture to share, because it was totally consumed! She never wrote it down, since she never guessed she’d forget it. Ambrosia salad was a favorite of my grandmother’s and often on her table. I just have to listen for the answers. I lost my grandmother 10 years ago at 91, but she is always close to my heart and in thought. I see why it kept popping up. Yes, canned fruit is a grandma thing. I also use the sour cream. Hi Susan, Not specifically, but if you read above, there are a lot of options in terms of add-ins, so feel free to choose what you’d like! Thanks for the great recipe! It is a dairy free sour cream substitute that is made with soy, and I’ve used it successfully in other recipes. xo. Add marshmallows mixing well. Lime and Cherry or Strawberry are the best for this, but any flavor will do also place cool whip on top after it’s made. Is it Whipped cream or Cream cheese? I try to accommodate her as much as possible so she isn’t left out of the eating fun, which to me are some of the best Christmas memories! my family makes something similar, but instead of cool whip( it seems so slimey and oily to me) we would use sour cream…and mix it all together and it adds a perfectly fresh sweetness. I love ambrosia. I miss my Nanny with all my heart, even though she never cooked, she worked outside the home, there were a few recipes she had that i adore just like you do. I lost my mom in January and also thought I lost some of her recipes that I was sure she never wrote down, specifically her potato salad that I always meant to ask her for. Sprinkle Jello over cottage cheese. Your recipes have that special ingredient…loving family memories. Can substitute cream cheese with sour cream if preferred. Here’s the Ambrosia I grew up with (I turn 60 on Saturday): 1 small can chunky pineapple, reserving juice She always used to say that if there were no leftovers that means you didn’t cook enough in the first place. It was always in the cupboard. My family too uses sour cream, but they also add halved maraschino cherries. We are from Georgia. I myself make piergoes a receipt from Grandma Checkie for the holidays as well. Now that you mention it, my grandmother did have cans of fruit cocktail in the pantry, my mom did too but I never really did. How nice that you remember your grandma making this salad for you. A dessert made from Cool Whip and marshmallows doesn’t really come to mind when you hear the word salad. Thanks for sharing :). Boy, is ambrosia a blast from the past. Thanks Kellie that is my missing ingredient I was missing I just remember 7 things and got everything except the sour cream. Take fluff salad to a new level with this Pineapple Fluff Salad recipe. Here is the link to the product: My step-grandmother’s recipe was called Moron Salad because it was a cup of each ingredient. I think my mom used sour cream, too, and mayonnaise? Have a lovely summer, stay safe! Elevate your COOL WHIP Fruit Salad to ambrosia-level deliciousness. But I’m going to surprise her along with my brother flying in from San Francisco. Thank you! I have been making this recipe for a while now and I do variations (mixing in different fruit and sometimes using cottage cheese instead of sour cream), but it always comes out great, thank you for this recipe. I remember making this years ago for office celebrations and it was always a big hit ( I also used sour cream instead of CoolWhip). But SO good. Good appetite! Michelle, Another Pittsburgh version, My Mom called it Five Cup Salad. Refrigerate about 2 hours until set. Here Ambrosia is a milk, sugar and egg mixture cooked a lot on the stove, that ends up like a cross between flan and bread pudding. Stir. If you’ve never heard of it before, you’re probably wondering what in the world this is! Stir. That is so unbelievably heartbreaking about your father. Ambrosia salad is a dessert salad, meaning that it’s sweeter but still graces the table at the same time as the main meal. Michele…being from Pittsburgh originally, I was drawn to your blog…and stayed because of your heart and talent. I’ve seen many versions while looking for this one. She still makes it every Christmas using a combination of Cool Whip, fruit cocktail, coconut, maraschino cherries and fresh fruite (apples, bananas, etc.). I never had anything like your recipe. Ambrosia Salad. Or would all that change it too much from the original flavor? Add Cool Whip ... pineapple and cottage cheese. Compared to things like cake and pie, ambrosia salad is a wonderfully fresh and light dessert. STEP TWO: Add the whipped topping, a third at a time, mixing on low speed. Leave a review below, then snap a picture and tag @thebrowneyedbaker on Instagram so I can see it! I lost my Grandma 15 years ago but she used to make a salad like this, but she called it Hawaiian Salad and instead of the cool whip, she used sour cream! Mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail….things my mom always had on hand. I can remember my grandparents eating it after lunch. Essential tools, baking lists, make-ahead tips, quick recipes, and more! Tasked with providing a fruit salad for church and automatically thought about my late Aunt Sarah. But I love the easy measurements, makes it so easy to remember! Can’t get a kid near grapefruit. I make Ambrosia for potluck dinners. I thought pecans paired well with the peaches. Kid friendly with just the right amount of sweet, this is a classic recipe that will remind you of what grandma used to make! You can buy sugar-free marshmallows on Amazon. Sounds nasty to me! Thanks! Required fields are marked *, I have been craving Ambrosia for weeks now!!! BTW, my Italian born mom always had at least 6 huge cans of fruit cocktail in the pantry! I suppose the marshmallows would be considered processed, unless you make your own. Fill the well with the ambrosia (I add maraschino cherries), replace the top and frost with more Cool Whip…..wonderful summer dessert! Also, to cut down on the sweetness, I use unsweetened coconut. Just scrolled through ALL of these replies, and didn’t see that anyone uses my friend’s secret ingredient for her Ambrosia. Everyone, that doesn’t already know, always asks how I made that wonderful dressing. I WILL be making this for Christmas this year (as a surprise). FINALLY! Add the Cool Whip and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the mixture until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. It’s not Christmas dinner without Ambrosia! Loved your story! At its core, however, it traditionally contains pineapple and oranges (either fresh or canned), miniature marshmallows, and coconut. This ambrosia salad is a perfect tribute to your grandmother! Ambrosia is a type of fruit salad. Southern Ambrosia Salad is a must-have at any gathering. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. My grandma also made it but she didn’t use cool whip, pudding, sour cream or anything. Mom or NeeNee would throw in some bananas sometimes. Yes, it is called that, but when I was a kid I just called it “green stuff.” I would often eat more of this than just about everything else on my Thanksgiving and Christmas plates. I wish I knew your grandma first name so I could call them grandma ” so and so ” ambrosia. maybe this is the canadian twist?! Poke Cakes are delicious! Ambrosia can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I’d never buy it myself. Directions Thanks for sharing. Funny, I never think of it as a summer dish! Mom always made a separate dish without coconut for one of my sisters. Why did it take an email from the Brown-eyed Baker to put it back into my consciousness? I have had ambrosia salad for years, since I was a kid, but my mom never made it with Cool Whip. … Cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour prior to serving. I was flipping through my Mom’s old cookbooks, looking for something sweet to make. Thank you for sharing @thebrowneyedbaker. My 91-year-old mother-in-law gets panicky if there’s no canned fruit in the pantry. The advice you give about cherishing the moments you have is something we should all remember with regard to all of our loved ones. I try not to eat canned foods all too often, and I never saw a need for Cool Whip when whipping your own whipped cream is so incredibly easy. My family had this on occasion. I love old family recipes! Just add marsmallows, coconut and cherries to your creamy COOL WHIP Fruit Salad Ambrosia. She always used the fruit flavoured (coloured) marshmallows and they gave the “salad” a more festive look. Hi Gee, You can omit the coconut if you wish. Enjoy :). It was just the fruit, coconut, and mini-marshmallows. Today I’m going to share my recipe for Cool Whip Ambrosia Fruit “Salad”. I’ve been looking for an ambrosia recipe I could modify for my dairy and nut allergic daughter, and I think I’ve found it – thank you!! 1 pint sour cream This classic mandarin orange salad made with jello, cottage cheese and cool whip can be made in minutes and then chilled for the perfect summer recipe for cookouts and potlucks.. You know those classic recipes that take you back to childhood? Cover and put in fridge. She was asked to bring it recently but couldn’t even remember how to begin. All the discussion about it here is making me crave it even more! She is still alive, but a year ago she fell and has a lot of memory problems now. Known in some circles as “fruit salad with marshmallows”, this easy five-ingredient dessert takes only five minutes to make, is super customizable, and perfect for serving a crowd. Place the oranges, pineapple, coconut and marshmallows in a large bowl. She’s actually an accountant but it still tickles her to this day. Ingredients: 4 (cheese .. jello .. whip ...) 5. How have I lived 32 years of marriage without remembering ambrosia? :). My mother made Ambrosia salad (with maraschino cherries added because everything is better with a cherry on top) for a class picnic when I was in the 4th grade and forever after that I was known as the girl with a chef mom. Fold in Cool Whip. Now I can make her some ;). We generally use sour cream and add maraschino cherries. Ambrosia was always at our family dinners too. 3/4 C sugar Our family also had to versions, one with the mandarin oranges, pineapple and coconut and another called “Edna’s Salad” that was made with vanilla pudding cooked with the juice from a can of fruit cocktail. I bet it makes it taste even more special. Nuts may be added. I pretty much remembered but ckd out your recipe again and wanted to let you know it was a big hit. Yum! Go for “No Added Sugar” if you can. crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, jello, cool whip, mini marshmallows Grandma’s Best Ambrosia Salad A Spicy Perspective cool whip, sour cream, salt, chopped pecans, peach slices, green grapes and 6 more Please reload the page and try again. You can add in chopped pecans or walnuts if you’d like. She too was an Italian lady who made ambrosia for summer gatherings. My mom dislikes sour cream but this would be the one time she would buy and eat it. (And it did look neat in the trifle. Not so sweet and very light, especially after a heavy meal. We’d fight with my cousins over who got the maraschino cherries. By the way, I am attending a bridal shower next week and I have decided, 5 cup salad will be my contribution to the celebration. Today I’m going to share my recipe for Cool Whip Ambrosia Fruit “Salad”. I brought this to a BBQ last summer and our friends’ children never had the pleasure of eating this light and tasty favorite. It’s made the day before the function and sits in the refrigerator melding together. 2.  In a large bowl, mix together Cool Whip and sour cream.  Mix in food coloring if you are using it. Thanks again. Extremely easy! Your email address will not be published. Add pineapple and oranges. I really related to this post for two reasons. I’m sure you’ll be the one to pass this recipe down to the future generations and *you’ll* be just like your grandmother. Why bother when cool whip is so good for you?????? Just tasting it brought tears to my eyes. Thankfully, I have many of her very old cookbooks and recipes. In fact, my Grandma seemed to whip something up out of nowhere with whatever she had in her pantry. My boyfriend’s mom will sometimes make it with just leftover fruit that she wants to use up. She might have used real whipping cream as I recall. ), and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! After your first bite, you’ll see why it ended up in the old beat up community cookbook. Hi Kathy, Yes, you could definitely double this recipe! Except maybe mashed potato. Thank you so much for sharing, it sounds delicious! My dad made ambrosia, but he added “Grape Nuts” cereal to it. Yes, a totally retro recipe, I love it! It was always a hit. except she uses those fruity/coloured mini-marshmallows. Home > Recipes by Category > Dessert Salads > Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad. Now coming to this ambrosia salad this one is superb . Made it and it was a big hit. One bite and I was back in Ohio. Lovely story. I always loved this. What a lovely post =] And the pictures are gorgeous. Flo. Will make this for Christmas. Add in the … The ones that everybody always wanted the recipe for. I love this post,your remembering your grandmother through this ambrosia salad and some day you’ll make it for your grandkids and they’ll make it calling it your ambrosia salad. (Alzheimer’s). 1 C whipping cream, whipped. Fold in the marshmallows, and drained fruit. My grandma always made a salad very similar to this every Thanksgiving. Oh dear. Like fresh orange wedges, fresh pineapple, and maybe homemade whipped cream? I’ve had the same experience and still do on occasion. Guess it’s our way of having them be part of our lives forever. Make it your own. There’s a good frozen fruit salad recipe on Pinterest from an Atlanta department store’s tea room from a long time ago. I haven’t had it in a really long time but it definitely reminds me of my grandma too. Also I loved your commentary on your Italian grandmother’s hospitality–what you said is so true!!! Try nata de coco from an Asian store. Plus the cool whip cream is sooooo much better than whipped cream that you made yourself!! Still tastes great with a blob of whipped cream! When I found this recipe in my grandma’s recipe box I was immediately transported back to her 1960’s decor basement where we had Thanksgiving … My mom said my grandma used canned mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple. I’m 66. 1 cup grapes, green seedless There are no sugar-free maraschino cherries on the market, unfortunately. Slowly stir in sour cream. What a sweet post! Wonderful memories. My mom died when I was 16 and I remember her making this salad – the version with sour cream called “5-Cup Salad.” I’ve made it nearly every year since as part of Thanksgiving dinner. Love Ambrosia salad….sharing with you that instead of Whipped Cream, I use 1 can of condensed milk and the same measurement of Sour Cream!!! Unfortunately cool whip does contain milk proteins, so I’m going to substitute “Sour Supreme”. My mother passed away from leukemia when I was 9, and when I dug through a hope chest when I was older, I found lots of her handwritten recipes. Oh, and homemade marshmallows! Finally, you chill the “salad” in the the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I also have always used cut up peaches (canned and drained when fresh isn’t available) along with the pineapple and Mandarin oranges. Ambrosia Salad is a classic potluck dessert that your family will absolutely adore! Hello and welcome! I did not grow up having any grandparents on either side nor did I grow up with a father so I urge everyone to cherish who ever they have and make beautiful memories that will transcend along not only your lifetime but maybe your grandchildren as well if we are so blessed. Thanks for sharing your memories with us and for the recipe. The beauty of this five-ingredient, five-minute recipe is that you can mix it together the day before you need it and pop it in the refrigerator. Everyone just loves hers, and she includes horseradish sauce! She used to make a “salad” every Christmas with lime jello, cottage cheese, cool whip and canned crushed pineapple. It was served up routinely for Christmas and Easter, and pretty much non-stop during the summer.

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