Tropical Ambrosia Salad | Mostly Homemade Mom

Tropical Ambrosia Salad

July 17, 2012

This Ambrosia is 1/2 the reason my surprise sweet 16 party was spoiled. I opened the pantry door to find two cans of mandarin oranges. Mom ONLY bought mandarin oranges to make Ambrosia, and she only made Ambrosia for parties. My mind starting wandering...

What was the other 1/2 reason I figured out about my surprise party, you ask? My dad. He's horrible at secrets!! While I was in the room, he told my mom a distant cousin of mine "called back." We only see this distant cousin at parties. Like, major parties. I knew! But I was so excited and the party was a blast (even though it was almost 15 YEARS AGO).

This recipe for Ambrosia is part of my childhood. I always thought it was weird that sour cream was one of the main ingredients, you really can't tell at all. This salad has a tropical, dreamy taste. Perfect for the Get Your Chef On: Coconut challenge!

Tropical Ambrosia Salad
a Semi Homemade Mom original recipe

1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
1 cup coconut
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mini marshmallows

Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and combine well. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

This salad can easily be doubled or tripled, we usually double for parties. The batch pictured above was for my sister's baby shower. We used clear plastic punch cups to hold guests' individual servings. It was very lady-like. :)

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7 comments on "Tropical Ambrosia Salad"
  1. Isn't it funny how we all have "special event only" foods that are telltale signs? This salad sounds yummy!

  2. Oh my gosh!! Loving this salad, and its super for Summer Time!! Thanks for linking up lady!

  3. No this looks DELICIOUS! I was watching the help the other day and the lady asked for ambrosia, this reminded me of that movie! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ooh yum! I am so making this for the next potluck I go to! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks like a great summer dessert!

  6. Hello Kelly,
    I love Ambrosia salad, but I have never made it myself. I do wonder why, it is so perfect for parties. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I just pinned it. ;o)
    Smiles, Paula

  7. These look awesome! We would love to invite you to join us at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! We know our readers will love your fantastic recipes! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)