Mama's Ambrosia

Mama's Ambrosia


"This is a quick and easy fruit salad that you and your guests will love."

Ingredients 1 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 290 cals

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 290 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 16.6 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.5g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 73 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oranges, fruit cocktail, walnuts, marshmallows, and coconut. Fold in the sour cream. Chill for at least an hour, and stir again before serving.
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  1. 90 Ratings


This is exactly the ambrosia recipe I was looking for! One caveat, however: if you're making this for a family or party, the idea that the recipe would "serve 10" seems preposterous to me. Maybe 10 little kids. Or 10 people who have a lot of other food choices and will only take little helpings of ambrosia. But not 10 people who, like me and my family, see a bowl full of ambrosia, get excited, and take great, healthy helpings of the stuff in anticipation of it being gone by the time they go back for seconds. For that lot, better make more. I wouldn't necessarily double the whole recipe, however. It's got plenty of mandarin oranges; maybe just double the fruit salad, put in 1 1/2 times the recommended marshmallows and coconut, and use 12-14 oz of sour cream instead of 8. (I don't do the nuts.) Adding some red grapes or pineapple chunks can also work.


Perfect ambrosia in my opinion!! There are many ways to make this - including those recipes that use cool whip instead of sour cream (too sweet for me) - but I made the right choice going with this one, it's just right. I used Fat Free sour cream and enjoyed this as a healthy TREAT.


Added some cherries and took out the nuts. Very yummy!! I've been looking for a good and easy recipe that had sour cream instead of Cool Whip and this was it!!