Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Creamy Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe (6 Ingredients) by Ann Marie Patitucci

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Creamy Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe (6 Ingredients)

My mom’s mother was Mary Patitucci, whom we grandkids lovingly called Grandma “Tucci.” She was unlike any other grandmother I knew. She was loving and sweet and fun, but she didn’t dress like other grandmas (for instance, she wore bright red lipstick at all times!) and you’d be more likely to find her playing cards or hanging out with family or at the race track than in the kitchen. I adored her. I’d like to think I inherited some of her independent spirit.

The only food I ever remember Grandma Tucci making when I was a kid was ambrosia – it was her signature dish. We’ve lost her hard copy recipe over the years, but my mom has put together an ambrosia dessert recipe that’s very close, if not perfect. It’s great for spring and summer gatherings.

This easy gluten-free ambrosia recipe has just six ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to put together. The fun side dish is made with whipped cream, shredded sweetened coconut, mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, maraschino cherry halves and mini marshmallows. The chopped nuts are optional. The low-calorie, low-sodium ingredients are put into a bowl, combined then refrigerated for two hours prior to serving. So easy and delicious!

I’m happy to pass on my beloved Grandma’s signature ambrosia fruit salad recipe to you. Serve a big bowl of this old-fashioned ambrosia as a sweet snack at your next family get-together. It is perfect for Easter, or anytime!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 2 hours to chill
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes plus 2 hours to chill
Servings: 8


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Recipe Notes

  • For a festive look, use multi-colored marshmallows.
  • You can use chopped walnuts or pecans, or no nuts at all.
  • Feel free to substitute or add other fruits to create your own special family recipe.
  • Store the salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a medium-sized bowl (preferably with a lid), combine thawed whipped cream, shredded coconut and marshmallows.
  2. Fold in mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries and nuts, if using.
  3. Once combined, cover with the lid (or plastic wrap) and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Eat within a day.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 181

Total Fat: 7.5g

Saturated Fat: 6.5g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 18mg

Total Carbohydrate: 29.6g

Dietary Fiber: 2.6g

Total Sugars: 24.2g

Protein: 1.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 12mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 187mg

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Elisa Schmitz
So refreshing. I love ambrosia! Thank you for sharing your dear grandma's recipe, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead !
I could see serving this at my next picnic, how yummo.
I appreciate the story about your grandma tucci, that's really nice...
Ann Marie Patitucci
What a sweet comment. I love writing up family recipes (and including stories) and archiving them! :)
Elisa Schmitz
We so appreciate all you share, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . It’s clear that it comes from your heart! ❤️
I make this at Christmas but we have always called it Heavenly hash
We really love this my husband told me we will make this tomorrow night looks mmm good Lol thank you Ann for sharing ❤️
Oh let me tell you this was so yummy my family loved it ♥️thank you for sharing this recipe we are very excited that we found it on news break love your recipes!!

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