Ambrosia Salad with Fruit Cocktail


This ambrosia salad with fruit cocktail is a long-time family favorite for holidays or weekend BBQs.

close up view of Ambrosia Salad with Fruit Cocktail garnished with coconut in a glass bowl
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
8 servings


  • 2 (15.25 ounce) cans fruit cocktail

  • 1 (16 ounce) can sliced peaches in juice (Optional)

  • 1 (16 ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice

  • 1 (12 ounce) can mandarin oranges in juice

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed

  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®), thawed

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut (Optional)


  1. Empty fruit cocktail, peaches, pineapple, and oranges out into a strainer set over a large bowl to drain.

  2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese in a bowl, adding milk until mixture is smooth and creamy. Mix in 3/4 of the whipped topping and 1/4 cup of the drained juice; blend well.

  3. Dice peaches and fold them into the creamy mixture. Add all the drained fruits and coconut, reserving 5 or 6 mandarins, and stir to coat. Smooth over the top and frost with remaining whipped topping. Decorate top with reserved mandarins. Refrigerate until flavors combine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
23g Fat
48g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 131mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 379mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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