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World's Best Ambrosia Salad

Updated November 30, 2017
Worlds Best Ambrosia Salad
World's Best Ambrosia Salad
This image courtesy of Amanda Formaro for RecipeLion

If you want something different than a traditional fruit salad, ambrosia is always a great alternative. This old-fashioned dessert recipe for World's Best Ambrosia Salad is a creamy, fruity salad that never fails to impress. With ingredients like pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and more, this colorful no-bake dessert looks and tastes great alongside any meal. Next time you need an easy Cool Whip recipe or dessert to share, whip together a big bowl of ambrosia!

  • 1 (29-ounce) can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (1-ounce) box cheesecake flavor Sugar Free Jell-O pudding
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 cups Cool Whip
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  1. Drain all fruit. If fruit was packed in syrup, rinse in cold water and drain.
  2. Combine fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges and cherries in a large bowl. Sprinkle with cheesecake flavored pudding mix and stir to coat. Add in sour cream and Cool Whip and stir well.
  3. Fold in marshmallows and chill for at least one hour before serving.

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Can you clarify on the Jello pudding? The small box is 3.9 oz. Is there one smaller that I haven't seen in the grocery stores?

I can't wait to make this World's Ambrosia Salad. I love fruity desserts and I love to whip up fruit salad with cream. I want to make this salad if only to try how the salad will taste like with the cheesecake pudding mix. This salad is so mouth-watering and irresistible.

We left out the marshmallows (because we did not have any) and it was still very good indeed! And it is so quick and easy to make that our 2 youngest children (boy and girl, 8 and 10 years old) made it for us. An aside I look forward to the day when they do all the cooking, lol! Anyway everyone enjoyed it and they want it again.

I love fruit in desserts. This recipe seem so simple and straightforward. I also have never seen cheese cake flavored pudding but I agree that you can use any kind of alternative I am sure. Personally I like butterscotch so I would try that one. I like the marshmallows in this recipe.I would imagine this makes quite a lot which is great for a take along to some event. I'm absolutely going to make this recipe.

I always try to think of something different to bring to summer potlucks and barbecues, and old-fashioned favourite would be perfect! I also have never seen cheesecake flavoured pudding, but i bet vanilla or even pistachio would be just as good. This dessert is so pretty and could be served in individual glasses/bowls or in a larger pretty trifle bowl. I'm definitely making this recipe soon!

I love fruit salads, especially Ambrosia salad. I don't think I've ever seen Sugar Free Cheesecake flavor Jello pudding in my local grocery stores. I hope it's not one of those flavors that has been discontinued. It doesn't have to be Sugar-Free, anyway. Maybe vanilla pudding would be just as good.

There is something about a classic recipe... I can't get enough of this "salad" and I bring it to every function, no matter what time of year. everyone loves it.


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