Fanciful Orange Ambrosia Salad for Family Holiday Feasts

Orange Ambrosia Salad Recipe

This orange ambrosia salad is perfect for those times you want a yummy fruit ambrosia salad that is tasty enough for everyone in the family but pretty enough for even the nicest family holiday meal.

Many people like to add a tropical ambrosia salad alongside their Easter desserts.  Ambrosia salads make great Easter desserts for kids especially, and they are certainly easy Easter desserts, but the dainty pineapple orange combination of this recipe makes this ambrosia a nice dish for baby showers, Christmas parties, family gatherings, and family holidays any time of the year.

It’s a cute side dish or fruit dessert recipe for a regular family dinner as well, and is especially good with chicken breast recipes and baked ham.

Orange Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Orange Ambrosia – Perfect for Christmas Dinner, Thanksgiving, New Years Day, or Easter Sunday Brunch. You name it.

This recipe for ambrosia salad makes 8 servings and can be doubled for even larger events.

Orange Ambrosia Salad


  • 2 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2 cups sour cream


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, and coconut.  (Make sure you have DRAINED the pineapple and orange first.)
  2. Add sour cream, and toss gently to mix.
  3. Cover and refrigerate.

This fruit ambrosia salad recipe is pretty enough as is, but if you want to add even a little extra festive appeal, you can top it with some whipped cream and sprinkle a little extra white or colored coconut on top, topped off with maraschino cherries.

See how to color coconut flakes below.


To color coconut:  Fill a pint mason jar (or other pint sized jar) with coconut.  In a separate glass, add a couple drops of food coloring to 1 Tablespoon of water, and pour over the coconut in the jar.  Cover the jar, shake until evenly tinted, and lay out on paper towels until completely dry.


Serving suggestion:  Make this ambrosia salad in a clear casserole dish or glass baking dish to see the pretty color all throughout!  It’s also very pretty in Corningware French White.


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