Reviews for Ambrosia Fruit Salad
my husband likes it and it is easy to make and guick.
Perfect recipe for Easter!
Great salad! Here are my suggestions-forget the seasonings, the fruit does fine on its own, use EXTRA CREAMY whip topping, use a little of the pineapple or cherry juice to add so it isnt on the dry side.
Very easy to prepare and very delicious
Very easy, light, fluffy and good - add sliced bananas!
Don't add the cinnamon and nutmeg, its way to nutty. Try it on a small portion in a bowl before you put it on the whole salad. Upside is..its super fast to make.
I love Ambrosia salad, however, when I make this recipe, I leave out the spices and use less coconut. I always use Extra Creamy whipped topping too. It is always a hit wherever I take it.
average. good not great.
all the kids loved it i left out pineapples
I halved the spices and it was still way too much. I recommend putting only a quarter of the nutmeg and cinnamon.
This was very easy to make and very tasty. My kids were trying to eat it all before I was even done. They had about 5 bites a piece even before I got it in the fridge to set up. Will be making this again. Thanks for the recipe :)
Excellent recipe. The only thing I changed was to add a couple of large bananas sliced up. I also didn't thaw my Cool Whip before hand and just let it sit out for about 20 minutes... it came out perfect! Nice and chilled... not runny. My family who likes fruit salad raved about it.
I made the recipe with all the spices and it was "Superb!". I used the tropical fruit cocktail as it's hot & humid out, and this is the perfect desert for a day like this. I will be making this one a lot! Thanks for a great change to blander ambrosias.
This is an easy, flexible and delicious salad. I sent it to my sister who lives out-of-town, who did not get the "cooking" gene. She made it and found it delicious - she is serving to her guests for a dinner party. For all of the naysayers that are criticizing the use of certain ingredients, I say relax. One of the joys of cooking is adapting and adjusting a recipe to your personal tastes and the personal tastes of your family. Really good cooks know how to do that!
This was EXCELLENT and the kids loved it too. Thanks for sharing.
This fruit salad was incredibly good. I made it for Christmas morning breakfast (along with the Country Breakfast Casserole) and everyone wanted the recipe. As I was making it, I didn't think there would be enough "dressing". I thought that I would have to add more whipped topping, but it ended up being the perfect amount. Other than cutting the coconut to 1.5 cups, I followed the recipe exactly and was glad that I did. Thanks for the great recipe!
Very good, but too much coconut for me
This was sooo good. Unlike a lot of the other people, I used all the ingredients listed in the recipe. However, I sampled it before and after adding the nutmeg and cinnamon, and I think I may leave those out next time. Awesome recipe! My fiance loved it when I made it for lunch.
i made this for christmas dinner and left out the nuts. it was yummy - kind of an old favorite really - but still gobbled up and tasted extra good, especially with pineapple and oranges.
I only used 1/3 of the coconut called for. I doubled the recipe and used can of fat free sweetened condensed milk. Also, did not use nutmeg... Very good! Very sweet!
I can't really rate this recipe as it was written as I made changes as suggested by others. I omit cinnamon and nutmeg and reduced coconut by half (entire amount would have definitely been too much for me). Also used half amount of CoolWhip and added 8oz sour cream. Final result was very good.
This was absolutely wonderful, I couldn't stay away from it! The amount of nutmeg was a little strong for my personal taste, but I blended in a little extra whipped topping and that did the trick.
I love this classic recipe! The only things I altered was to use sourcream instead of the whipped cream and I omitted the fruit cocktail. Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!!
One star with the spices; think about it, 1 tsp. each nutmeg & cinnamon -- with this fruit combination? Four star as a basis for a basic ambrosia, if you leave out the spices. Of course, I never make mine with Cool Whip, only real whipped cream. No one needs all those chemicals in a salad.
Next time, I will use just a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. My husband complained that the nutmeg taste was too strong.
Turned out pretty good. I doubled the whipped cream and didn't bother with the nutmeg or cinnamon. It was a bit on the dry side, but I didn't care, and no one else seemed to either.
I made this last year for our Church Easter buffet and have been asked to make again. Everyone loved it. Even making it for my family this year.
My grandmother always made this recipie for christmas adding a little green food coloring to the coconut and we still continue the tradition. The only difference about your recipie and my grandmothers was she never put the nutmeg in it. But from now on I will. It gives it a nice taste.
this is good but and a cup of sour cream and its perfect
Not bad, but I prefer to exclude the nuts, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Also, I put a little bit less of cool whip and used fat free. In addition I added nata de coco (its like a coconut sqaures thats kind of like jel) and peaches.
This is a good ambrosia salad. I used less coconut and less marshmallows. The maraschino cherries are a must for flavor and bright color. There are cherries in the fruit cocktail, but are not of good quality. I sprinkled a slight amount of cinnamon on top for garnish. I'll make again, thanks.
I have used this recipe twice and both times it was a hit! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
1st time I ever tried this with cinnamon and nutmeg and gotta say I (and folks I served it to) like it better without those 2 items..Other than that, it's fantastic.
The Ambrosia salad was great. Next time I won't use as much coconut as it says. Lots of cherries makes it taste very good. Great, quick, yummy!
Fantastic and EASY. I made this for 14 gals in our Club. Everyone loved it. Used only 1 cup of coconut, 2 cans fruit cocktail, 1 can pineapple chunks, 1 can mandarin oranges and 1 jar of cherries. Added red seedless grapes, 2 tubs Cool Whip and walnuts. Thanks for this great recipe; I'll be making this again.
Didn't like the coconut, nutmeg or cinnamon.
Great summer salad. Very easy to make, fresh, light, cool and delicious. I leave the cinnamon and nutmeg out.
I was looking for a fruit salad to bring to our first visit to the lake in 2012. This recipe was great but I don't think anyone really enjoyed the "ambrosia/coconut." I loved it but I think I'll continue to look for a more traditional fruit salad.
I was very disappointed with this recipe. All I could taste was the nutmeg...AWFUL! I will NOT be making this again.
Pretty good recipe, although I will reduce nutmeg and cinnimon on next go round.
This ambrosia almost brought me to tears. My mom passed away a few years ago, and this salad reminded me of her holiday salad (minus the coconut). It was easy, flavorful, and will be made for many holiday's to come (minus coconut and spice)
I was not a fan of this recipe. WAY too much coconut, and the cinnamon gave it a dingy look. It did taste okay. Next time I will cut the coconut down, to probably 1/2 cup, skip the cinnamon and nutmeg, and add a little more whipped topping. I'm hoping adding some more whipped topping will save this. Basically by the time the adjustments are made to make this good, it will be a whole different recipe. :(
I substituted coconut flavoring (1 capful) for the coconut flakes...Love this fruit salad...so easy, easy, easy...
Easy, easy to make I cut done on the spices in half as the previous reviews and I used lite cool whip ( less calories) .. It came out delicious .. ??
My mom used to make a salad similar to this only she used cottage cheese in place of the whipped topping. It was good but this one is great.
I think there are far more spices than needed, and the recipe is also vastly improved by whipping some heavy cream instead of using pre-made whipped topping.
This was very good, however I would suggest skipping the spices. The nutmeg and cinnamon didn't go over very well. I do plan to make it again, just without the spices.
This was pretty good. I made it for a birthday party and it wasn't a hit unfortunately. I did use half the seasonings per the many reviews that suggested that. I also used a little less coconut & marshmellows.
My grandmother used to make this and it was always a HUGE hit! Great for kids of all ages.
this article explains the detail on how to make ambrosia salad. It's said to be a summer kind of treat.
Didn't care for the nutmeg/cinnamon- without those spices and using only 1 cup of coconut, this was a keeper!
Too much nutmeg & cinnamon but otherwise delicious
I've always loved the first ambrosia recipe I ever made. It calls for sour cream. Adding about a cup to this recipe will give it a nice flavor.
Excellent! I added raisins and tropical fruit salad. To die for!
Great, easy recipe! I used only 1 cup of coconut, and just shook in a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. I think the spices made the difference, although I can see why too much would be overpowering. Thanks for the recipe that my kids love!
Fantastic, declicious and so easy!
I have been buying the pre-made at the deli. Decided to make it myself. I mix equal parts of this salad with a little container of Oikos Blueberry Greek yogurt and a handful of fresh blueberries. It is delish! Healthier than my Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Thank you for posting!
Very good but I'm not a huge fan of nutmeg so a cut it back to just a sprinkle on top.
Absolutely delicious! I cut the seasonings by half like many reviewers suggested and it was perfect.
I made this for a potluck according to the directions and brought most of it home. It did not look appealing but I had not choice but to take it to the potluck.
The ambrosia salad was to creamy and it has to many marshmallows in it also the nutmeg ,cinnamon does not go with it at all definitly a no no wont make again
COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE!!!! I followed the previous suggestions with halving the whipped topping and adding the sour cream. I also halved the coconut and the marshmallows and doubled the amount of walnuts. SO GOOD!!! :-)
Can't beat this for simplicity! I decided to add this dish to my Christmas dinner at the last minute and didn't have all the exact ingredients on hand, so I made the following alterations: no fruit cocktail, no maraschino cherries, no nutmeg. I skipped the cinnamon(thought it might clash with my "extras"). I used a 20 oz can of pineapple (considerably more than the recipe called for), TWO 11 oz tins of mandarin oranges, and then tossed in three pints of fresh blackberries, 4 small sliced bananas from my backyard and two lilikoi (passionfruit) also from my yard. I cut the coconut way back to maybe 1/2-3/4 cup. The blackberries turned the salad a bit purple, which looked very festive actually, and the combination was divine! We're going to try this without the coconut and the mini marshmallows next time for a fruit salad that isn't quite as sweet, though we won't call it "ambrosia". The recipe was super easy and everyone loved it.
I have never made this before. But when your family tells you to bring a fruit for brunch I immediately thought of Ambrosia. I read most of the reviews and made it with the variations suggested. It was a big hit. The family loved it. My nephew actually wanted the leftovers. What a compliment.
I leave out walnuts and use the fruit cocktail with the extra cherries instead of maraschino. Proportions seem to be off in this recipe - I probably use about half the whipped cream and only a dash of cinnamon. I usually throw in a splash of red food coloring to make this dish a little more fun. None of my friends seem to like it as much as I do though.
This was one of the best fruit salads I have ever had. I made it for a potluck at my work and they loved it. When I made for a family Thanksgiving, I replaced the cherries with sliced strawberries, since my mother is allergic to the red dye used in maraschino cherries. It was just as good with the strawberries, and I used glazed walnuts to try something a little different.
Super easy and not just for the holidays! I made this to take to a potluck after church in "June" and it was a big hit -- there was only 1/2 c. leftover. Next time I may omit the coconut because I find that a lot of people do not care for it. Thanks for posting.
Yum! I omitted the cinnamon, nutmeg and cherries. I also reduced the coconut to about 2 cups.
I also used half the coconut and half the whipped cream. I used the new "creamy" Cool Whip. My family absolutely loved it and so did I. Had a tiny bit left over and used it as topping on Dreyer's Mango ice cream - WOW!
Made this salad with my cooking class and they LOVED it. Okay, so it doesn't look that great but the taste is heavenly to say the least. We made one gallon of this salad and also added a lot of different fruit: 1 cup strawberrie, 2 mardarin oranges, 1 cup red and green grapes and kiwi fruit. Just add more topping to the mix and stir!
Very tasty and cheap! I bought all generic items and spent about 6 bucks. Awesome recipe especially when fresh fruits are out of season.
My family did not care for this at all. It may be that we just don't like "Ambrosia" salads. I was turned off by the texture of the coconut in it. And, I particularly disliked the nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. Sorry!
I did not care for the cinnamon and nutmeg addition to this recipe. I halved it as suggested by other reviewers, but I just don't think these flavors mingled well together.
This was REALLY good! LOVED IT!
Was popular, but personally found it a little 'dry'
Delicious for a picnic on a hot summer day! My 5 neices & nephews kept coming back for more.
This recipe couldn't have been easier to make. Very simple yet extremely deliscious! I didn't have nutmeg, so I left it out and it still tasted great! I'll make it again next time I need to bring something to a dinner/get together!
I just love this salad.
Very good recipe. I did add about 4 oz of sour cream to the ingredients. Everyone loved it!
yummm!! no complaints
I left out the cinnamon and nutmeg. Delicious!
I was looking for something simple yet yummy, and I found it! I opted to forgo the cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit cocktail, cherries, and walnuts. Instead I added canned crushed pineapple, and grapes. The second batch I tried I added some of the juice from the pineapple (as suggested by my boyfriend) and it made this recipe twice as good!
I made this recipe, couldn't find maraschino cherries at my local market, but added chunks from two kiwis. I also use pecans since I am allergic to walnuts. Awesome. My church members are asking for more! thank for posting this one!
It was very good and easy to make. I made it for a picnic and everyone really like it, but go easy on the nutmeg.
Super easy to make, and a hit at our 4th of July cookout. I eased up on the spices, and a little on the coconut and cherries too. Wonderful!
Sooo good! I've always liked stuff like this. But I did it quite a bit differently than the recipe, hence the 4 stars. I only put in 1 cup of shredded coconut, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg, and I didn't notice until after I'd already bought the cans of fruit that the recipe only called for 8/11-ounce cans. So since I love fruit, I ended up putting in a 20-ounce can of pineapple and 15-ounce cans of mandarin oranges and fruit cocktail. It turned out perfect that way! I even forgot to put the marshmallows and walnuts in before I started eating it, and it was still delicious without them. Will definitely be making this again and experimenting with fresh berries. Mmm!
If you do not like the taste of fruit then use this recipe. All you can taste is the nutmeg. I made this Christmas morning so could not get to a store to make something else for salad. It was evident by my family and guest salad plates that they did not like this either. Will never make again.
My husband and I both loved this! Thanks for posting.
would deffinately use less cool whip, add sour cream, omit spices, add raisens...wow
Best fruit ambrosia salad I've ever had!
LOVE this recipe!! Always a hit!!!!!
this salad was very good but of course i changed the recipe. i didnt put any spices in it at all, used only 1/2 cup of coconut and i used strawberry cool whip topping. i took this to a thanksgiving dinner at work and there was none to bring home, thank goodness i had some while i was their.
This is a very easy recipe. The only thing I changed was the spices. I know that Nutmeg can often be very strong so I just used a pinch...spiced it to taste. The family really enjoyed it!! Thanks!!
I omitted the nutmeg and cinnamon. Also use half the cool whip and add a small 8 oz sour cream it cuts the sweet. If I double the recipe I use the whole tub of cool whip. Make it the night before and it's even better. Also frozen coconut for best results.