holiday-ambrosia-salad

Holiday Ambrosia Salad

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    8 h 30 m
Dad
Recipe by  Dad

“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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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 16 servings

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Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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wakipan
13

wakipan

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.

Barbara
7

Barbara

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.

Melissa
5

Melissa

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.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (16 total)

  • Calories
  • 205 cal
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 6.9 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs
  • 33.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 101 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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