I've been making this recipe for well over thirty years, and it's still good.

Didi
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine the oranges, pineapple, whipped topping, coconut, marshmallows and milk.

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  • Mix together well and chill 1 hour before serving. Garnish with cherries.

Nutrition Facts

194.6 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 31g 10% DV; fat 7g 11% DV; cholesterol 0.8mg; sodium 48.4mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
I doubled the recipe and made this for thirty people at a baby shower - it was a huge hit! There were NO leftovers! I took the advice of many other reviewers added pecans and apples (with skins - but no celery!), added red and green grapes, used less cool whip, used low fat cool whip, strained the canned fruit overnight, added a large box of pistachio instant pudding to the whipped topping and substituted sour cream for the milk - made it very thick and creamy, not runny at all, and the colors of the fruit looked great - together it was a perfect combination! I tossed it lightly with my hands and it was so simple. You can't go wrong with this recipe - add any fresh fruit you want! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/19/2003
Very disappointed with this. I love ambrosia salad and was looking for a recipe. With all the rave reviews I thought I had found a good one. But this turned out sickly sweet and not at all what I was looking for. Needed much more fruit and the combination of the marshmallows with so much whipped topping put it over the edge for sweetness. Next time I'll try the one that uses sour cream. I think that's closer to the dish I remember. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
I doubled the recipe and made this for thirty people at a baby shower - it was a huge hit! There were NO leftovers! I took the advice of many other reviewers added pecans and apples (with skins - but no celery!), added red and green grapes, used less cool whip, used low fat cool whip, strained the canned fruit overnight, added a large box of pistachio instant pudding to the whipped topping and substituted sour cream for the milk - made it very thick and creamy, not runny at all, and the colors of the fruit looked great - together it was a perfect combination! I tossed it lightly with my hands and it was so simple. You can't go wrong with this recipe - add any fresh fruit you want! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/19/2003
Very disappointed with this. I love ambrosia salad and was looking for a recipe. With all the rave reviews I thought I had found a good one. But this turned out sickly sweet and not at all what I was looking for. Needed much more fruit and the combination of the marshmallows with so much whipped topping put it over the edge for sweetness. Next time I'll try the one that uses sour cream. I think that's closer to the dish I remember. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
Excellent recipe. Everyone LOVED this!!! I made this twice in the last week. The first time I made it with strawberry Cool Whip and used two cans of mandarin oranges. It was really good (a little too much coconut though). The second time I made it I used regular Cool Whip but added a box of instant pistachio pudding to the Cool Whip and then added the rest of the stuff still using two cans of mandarin oranges. I only used about 1 1/4 cups of coconut this time. Everyone raved about this recipe with the pistachio pudding in it. I will definitely make it this way from now on. Thanks for the recipe Didi!!!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2005
I just love AMBROSIA! BUT here is what I do.. I dont measure, just use what you think looks and tastes best! cream cheese (creamed.....) or sour cream real whipped cream (beat in vanilla & sugar) pineapple, crushed can mandarin oranges mini-marshmallows coconut cherries spalsh 1/2 & 1/2 splash orange juice little pineapple juice from can sugar if needed..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2003
I've never made this before and I needed something easy in a hurry. Great recipe and tastes incredibly yummy. For those who are recipe-challenged like me the 3 1/2 cups whipping cream comes out to roughly an 8 oz tub. It's ever so slightly less but not enough to make a difference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2008
Really good fruit salad! I omitted the milk and added 1 cup of chopped pecans and a teaspoon of vanilla. I think it would be good with more fruit too maybe even some bananas. Update: do not omit the milk unless you will be eating this salad the same day. Overnight the marshmallows absorb all the juices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
Amazing stuff. I made it for a few friends at a barbeque and they loved it. I did add some other kinds of fruit (grapes and apples). Can't wait to make again. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2007
We love this ambrosia. I have just altered this a little bit to our taste. I use 2 cans oranges 1 can crushed pineapple 3 cups cool whip 1 cup sour cream 2 heaping cups marshmallows and 1jar of cherries. Oh if I have grapes I throw some halved grapes in too. This really gets better with chill time. It is great to make it the night before. Delicious. Thanks for the inspiration. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2005
This was delicious! Just like I remember it at all of my family picnics when I was little. I did leave out the coconut and served it on the side (my husband hates coconut) and I also added 1/2 cup of sour cream for extra creaminess and tang. It was perfect! Read More
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