My Mom would make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it has been a family favorite for three generations. The dressing is gently cooked, and the salad so light you can serve it anytime.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 Servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl, and cool.

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  • Whisk the sugar, eggs, flour, salt, and reserved pineapple juice together in a saucepan until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Pour over cooled pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.

  • Stir the pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges into the pasta mixture. Mix in the coconut if desired. Stir in the frozen whipped topping until evenly blended. Chill until serving.

Nutrition Facts

205 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 33.7g; fat 6.9g; cholesterol 23.3mg; sodium 101.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2008
Fantastic recipe! I used light frozen whipped cream instead and also only let it sit with the pineapple juice mixture for about 6 hours. It turned out great! I love the texture of the orzo pasta in it and that it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2008
Let me start by saying that I have never made an Ambrosia salad before and this receipe sounded good. I was easy to make tasted OK but I think that my family & I were "thrown" by the texture of the pasta in the salad. I reminded me of tapioca and I hate tapioca. I didn't dislike this in fact the leftovers (alot) are good but I don't think I'll make it again. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2008
Fantastic recipe! I used light frozen whipped cream instead and also only let it sit with the pineapple juice mixture for about 6 hours. It turned out great! I love the texture of the orzo pasta in it and that it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2009
Ok I opps'ed I bought the crushed pineapple instead of chunks. It still worked out well. Instead of trying to drain the juice out I just added the pineapple to the pot too. I have had a variation of this salad with the pineapple chunks and I think I like it better with the crushed. What a great mistake this was. I also missed the part about letting it sit for 8 hours or overnight. I needed it in a couple of hours. If was just as good. I did make sure it was cold before completing with the mandarin oranges and whipped topping. This was absolutly the best. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2009
I use acini pasta in this. It is wonderful but Acini is hard to find in my area so this year i am going to try Tapioca pasta balls. Wish me luck i am sure it will be fine but we will see. Happy Thanksgivign all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
Made this for Christmas and everyone loved it! I really liked the different textures and the orzo added more depth to the dish. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2008
Let me start by saying that I have never made an Ambrosia salad before and this receipe sounded good. I was easy to make tasted OK but I think that my family & I were "thrown" by the texture of the pasta in the salad. I reminded me of tapioca and I hate tapioca. I didn't dislike this in fact the leftovers (alot) are good but I don't think I'll make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2009
Delish. I made this w/o the coconut & there were no leftovers from a company potluck. I might add more mandarin oranges next time but otherwise quite fab. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2008
This is SO delicious and my lunch guest LOVED it as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2008
Very easy to make and was a hit at a potluck! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
Real popular with my guests at christmas. I had to give it away cause one of them loved it soo much! I think its pretty good but it was a little weird eating pasta in there lol. I might leave the flavor of the cooked sauce out and try it to see what its like with just pasta. Overall a big creative hit. Thank you! Read More
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