EASY EASY EASY. If you like maraschino cherries you can use them, if not remember there are maraschino cherries in your fruit cocktail. Also, a little juice from the maraschino cherries will color your fruit salad a festive red.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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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 whipped topping, coconut, chopped nuts, fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix together well and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

274 calories; protein 1.9g 4% DV; carbohydrates 41.3g 13% DV; fat 12.4g 19% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 62.3mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2003
I made this salad for Thanksgiving dinner and I have to agree with other reviewers that it would be best if you cut back the amount of spices used. Also a bit more cool-whip would help it. It is good though and I would try it again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2013
This was based on Ambrosia but not a true Ambrosia. I am a true southern cook and never have I heard of adding cinnamon or nutmeg to Ambrosia. Check out the web and you will see you won't find those ingredients in any true Ambrosia. Now that is not to say you cannot add different fruits to Ambrosia . Ambrosia is one of the true southern dishes we have. She also added far too many marshmallows. Usually a cup and a half is what is called for but whatever suits your preference . Same with the coconut - too much again, usually 1 1/2 cups, again preference . Also most people use pecans in this dish but I have seen it made with walnuts - again preference, however since pecans are grown in the South and are a staple of the South - pecans are usually what is used in Ambrosia. One can play with Ambrosia up to a point. If in doubt about the cinnamon and nutmeg, check other Ambrosia recipes. I'm 63 years old and a Southerner and have never heard of anyone adding spices to Ambrosia. This recipe just didn't taste right, in my opinion the spices ruined the taste, one could not call this true Ambrosia . Allrecipes has other Ambrosia recipes you might want to look at. Read More
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310 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 164
  • 4 star values: 94
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2003
I made this salad for Thanksgiving dinner and I have to agree with other reviewers that it would be best if you cut back the amount of spices used. Also a bit more cool-whip would help it. It is good though and I would try it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2004
This Ambrosia was one of the first to go at a recent salad/dessert bar I hosted. For personal preference I omitted half the coconut half the marshmallows half the cool whip the can of fruit cocktail 3/4 the nutmeg and 1/2 the cinnamon. Instead I used half sour cream and half coolwhip in the dressing and chopped fresh oranges in place of fruit cocktail. As you can see I changed it quite a bit. But it was a definite hit and I will make my version again. Thanks Kimberly. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2003
I tried this recipe "as is" and then made it again with half the coconut and half the spices. Much better in my opinion with just half of these ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2006
Consensus seems to be reduce/omit cinnamon & nutmeg & reduce coconut by 1/2 so I did. Also reduced Cool Whip by 1/2 and added 1/2 Sour Cream. Added fresh fruits in season: strawberries, blueberries, peaches & apple. AND, used 1/2 white mini marshmallows and 1/2 coloured mini marshmallows for a bit of colour. MMMMMMmmmmmmm !!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2005
This recipe reminds me of a salad my grandma made while I was growing up! I left out the cinnamon and nutmeg and added about 12 ozs. of Cool Whip and 1 3/4 cup coconut! My guests loved this easy and simple recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2013
This was based on Ambrosia but not a true Ambrosia. I am a true southern cook and never have I heard of adding cinnamon or nutmeg to Ambrosia. Check out the web and you will see you won't find those ingredients in any true Ambrosia. Now that is not to say you cannot add different fruits to Ambrosia . Ambrosia is one of the true southern dishes we have. She also added far too many marshmallows. Usually a cup and a half is what is called for but whatever suits your preference . Same with the coconut - too much again, usually 1 1/2 cups, again preference . Also most people use pecans in this dish but I have seen it made with walnuts - again preference, however since pecans are grown in the South and are a staple of the South - pecans are usually what is used in Ambrosia. One can play with Ambrosia up to a point. If in doubt about the cinnamon and nutmeg, check other Ambrosia recipes. I'm 63 years old and a Southerner and have never heard of anyone adding spices to Ambrosia. This recipe just didn't taste right, in my opinion the spices ruined the taste, one could not call this true Ambrosia . Allrecipes has other Ambrosia recipes you might want to look at. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
This was great! I've never made ambrosia before but a family friend was having a luau and requested that everyone bring a 'tropical' type dish. With pineapple and coconut this fit the bill and it was a huge hit! I used tropical fruit salad to add to the Hawaiian theme and it was a hit. My father was devastated that my mom and I came home without leftovers. Thank you Kimberley this will be going into my regular rotation!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2005
This is a wonderful recipe and so easy took it to a gathering yesterday. Everyone went back for seconds and asked for the recipe. Congratulations to Kimberly for creating such a delicious dish. Larita T. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2004
Per other reviews I used 1/2 the stated amounts of cinnamon nutmeg and coconut and I'm really glad I did. The spices make this different than other similar desserts -- not spectactular but something new. This is a pretty neat mix of flavors and a good way to use up bits and pieces of leftover canned fruit! Read More
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