Your email address will not be published. I try to accommodate her as much as possible so she isn’t left out of the eating fun, which to me are some of the best Christmas memories! I remember my sister and I loving this as kids. Hi Emmy, What a wonderful idea to videotape. Did you ever have the “green” version of this with pistachio pudding mix added and no mandarins? Oh, I like this, Nancy! Ambrosia is the best and the canned versions of the fruits are much better and sweeter than the fresh ones. Enter your name and email address below to subscribe free. The last time I made this was with my mom a week before she passed away. Place toppings in small containers with spoons next to the ambrosia bowl for serving. Chunk pineapple and sour cream instead, everything else the same. I, too, rooted around for the cherries and it seemed to me that you may have had one whole cherry per can. I think of my “Granny” and “Grandma” almost daily and both sadly have been gone many years now. Also, I lost both my parents and my oldest brother to cancer about 6 years ago now when I was about 30. And I totally can relate to Italian Grandmas – You eat a huge plate of food that can feed an entire family and she says “You didn’t eat nothin’!”. I would tell them, “Not too much” and she would always retort “It’s salad; it’s good for them.” All that cream and marshmallow and not so much fruit. Awww this post was so sweet. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I so wish we would have done this! 2 bananas, sliced Fold in the miniature marshmallows and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Guess it’s our way of having them be part of our lives forever. Really enjoyed reading this, I’m a great grandmother and was looking for an old recipe. My mother who doesn’t like maraschino cherries said your recipe was her preference! Drain all remaining fruits and pour into a large clear glass bowl. Thanks! It was just the fruit, coconut, and mini-marshmallows. How nice that you remember your grandma making this salad for you. :) That would be one way to get around the cool whip. I see why it kept popping up. I have made this for years and use Sour Cream instead of Cool Whip. My mom made this when I was a kid. Essential tools, baking lists, make-ahead tips, quick recipes, and more! I lost my grandmother 10 years ago at 91, but she is always close to my heart and in thought. That meant that if I wanted to tell my readers about it, I would need to “tell them” but was unable to provide the recipe here. I’m so glad you have your grandmother’s recipe. She loved all things marshmallow and coconut :) She made the version with sour cream, which is how I make it as well. FINALLY! —Melissa Meinke, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania. Strawberry and Peanut Butter Cookie Salad Since this cookie salad is just yogurt topped with cookie crumbles, sprinkles and strawberries, we’re calling it — cookie salad is the hottest new breakfast trend of 2016. Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe. Sometimes the simplest of recipes become the most special. It was most often served at Christmas when the citrus was freshly picked off of the trees. It called for pineapple tidbits and sour cream instead of whipped topping. I can’t wait not only to make it but eat it too. I would, being on my own, have to make a smaller version. The coloured marshmallows sweeten it up overnight. that’s what we always called Ambrosia Salad. Ambrosia Salad is a traditional Southern recipe that has enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the United States. Required fields are marked *. So when that subscribe box appears, simply click “close” and you will be able to access the recipe. Then you can think of her every time you make it. You can have your Ambrosia and eat it too! It’s fabulous. And we have always thought of it as a salad and not a dessert. Ours is almost identical but we use chucked pineapple and add sour cream. All the discussion about it here is making me crave it even more! Dunk banana slices in reserved pineapple juice, drain. As an adult with a new-found love for ambrosia fruit salad, I wish I’d caught on to this heavenly salad (aptly named “ambrosia… And thank you for sharing your grandma’s recipe! It sounds so delicious! Is it Whipped cream or Cream cheese? It's sublime with peaches and peach gelatin, too. I just stumbled upon it and was shocked that it actually tasted the same with the measured quantities because I know she never measured anything for this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing, it sounds delicious! In fact, my Grandma seemed to whip something up out of nowhere with whatever she had in her pantry. Five Cup Salad: With only five simple ingredients (coconut, sour cream, mandarin oranges, canned pineapple and mini marshmallows), the recipe calls for only 1 cup of each ingredient. This was another big party food back in the 1950s and 60s. I'll send you "30 Ground Beef Dinner Ideas" absolutely free! A good choice if you want less chemicals in your food. Oh, and homemade marshmallows! Boy, is ambrosia a blast from the past. My persnickety family was less impressed, so it may not make an appearance for a while. Michelle, Another Pittsburgh version, My Mom called it Five Cup Salad. Delicious ... Get the Recipe, This creamy crockpot mac and cheese starts with ... Get the Recipe. I find it unpleasant to be promised ‘your’ recipe, but then have to enroll/sign up to another site. Add grapes, banana slices, cherries and juice, and powdered sugar. https://www.yummly.com/recipes/ambrosia-salad-with-marshmallows It was always a hit. We’d fight with my cousins over who got the maraschino cherries. It could always be doubled depending on how many servings. yummm. Thanks for sharing :). The “melted” marshmallows, combined with the whipped cream give you the texture of Coolwhip, without having said ingredient. My mom and dad are Greek, and there isn’t a meal where my mom doesn’t make a TON of food and expect everyone to get third or fourth helpings! Thanks for sharing! If my husband is looking over my shoulder, we will be having it again very soon. They’re always the best! That might work! I love ... Get the Recipe, No joke, this raspberry poke cake was so ... Get the Recipe, This French Onion Soup recipe has the flavors ... Get the Recipe, This pineapple dream dessert is one of my ... Get the Recipe, Homemade Italian bread is actually very easy ... Get the Recipe, I have always been a Claussen Kosher Dill ... Get the Recipe, Blueberry breakfast cake, coffee cake, ... Get the Recipe, This no-bake Chocolate Lasagna is filled with a creamy ... Get the Recipe, My family loves my soft peanut butter cookies and ... Get the Recipe, Have you ever heard of John Wayne Casserole? I don’t know why it is that I continually need to be reminded of that. This dessert sounds yummy. Hi Gee, was just reading some of the comments here and saw yours. Thanks. My mom is Italian and we always want to have more than enough and choices (something for everyone). She might have used real whipping cream as I recall. That is of course if our future families carry on our tradition. I still remember those recycled cool whip containers she’d use to send us left overs. My Grandma could even make a simple sandwich taste like the most amazing thing you ever had. Plus the cool whip cream is sooooo much better than whipped cream that you made yourself!! She’s gone now as we lost her too soon but I pinned this so I can make it one day and think of all the great memories of her. TUNE UP BUDDY. Mahalo for posting this recipe. Next add in the sour cream and the Cool Whip and stir well. It is a dairy free sour cream substitute that is made with soy, and I’ve used it successfully in other recipes. So delicious! Ambrosia salad was a favorite of my grandmother’s and often on her table. Thankfully, I have many of her very old cookbooks and recipes. Images/text copyright Amanda Formaro 2020. Like fresh orange wedges, fresh pineapple, and maybe homemade whipped cream? Sally’s Christmas Ambrosia. I can remember my grandparents eating it after lunch. Does any one know if ambrosia can be made without coconut. You wrote about wanting to ask your dad or grandma questions. It had mandarin oranges, pineapple, and of all things cottage cheese with lime jello. Instead of the sweetened stuff. Ahhh, what a wonderful recipe from your grandma and a wonderful post! Will need to make this in honor of your Grandma. Peel the citrus and cut fruit sections away from the segments between them. Add in the … I like anything sweet. :). This was so much a staple with us too. Growing up we always had Ambrosia Salad or Watergate Salad on the holiday table. Loved your story! The first time I had ambrosia salad as an adult, I was certain that it was a prank of some sort. Thank you so much! It should come as no shock to you that kids find it amazing and hilarious. 3 large oranges or 4 smaller ones Although I have never had ambrosia, thank you for sharing this recipe as I know how important family recipes are. That is so unbelievably heartbreaking about your father. Flo. I remember being a young girl and going to many Bridal showers at my “Granny’s” house. My family too uses sour cream, but they also add halved maraschino cherries. Jul 19, 2013 - A decadent, almost dessertlike version of a fruit salad, the ambrosia salad usually contains pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and coconut with a 1/4 tsp salt I will have to try this and see if I can tweak it to what I remember. By the way, I am attending a bridal shower next week and I have decided, 5 cup salad will be my contribution to the celebration. Back then we used dream whip which was pkgs of whipped topping mix added to milk. There’s a good frozen fruit salad recipe on Pinterest from an Atlanta department store’s tea room from a long time ago. She called it “Five Cup Salad” because it was one cup each of five ingredients. A very old recipe! I try not to eat canned foods all too often, and I never saw a need for Cool Whip when whipping your own whipped cream is so incredibly easy. If your fruit was packed in syrup, definitely rinse it in cold water and drain again. My mother passed away from leukemia when I was 9, and when I dug through a hope chest when I was older, I found lots of her handwritten recipes. And this just reminded me of all her fabulous recipes :) My aunt is putting together a book of them for me. I’ve had the same experience and still do on occasion. Thank you for helping with that memory. Add the YUM!! A cup of each…hence 5 cup…lol. But that’s okay you need not respond. This recipe was originally published on May 30, 2012. I think it’s even better once it has been chilled for a few hours, but you can also serve it immediately if you need to! She is also a craft book author five times over and product developer as well as the owner of. 3/4 C sugar I love the way you put this, so true, and beautiful. I’m 66. Now I can make her some ;). Total Time 15 … The lesson here? Your email address will not be published. The first time I’d even heard of Ambrosia was on Top Chef Masters and I think I was as befuddled as the guy who got it since it didn’t look all too appetizing. She was asked to bring it recently but couldn’t even remember how to begin. I’m going to have to try this yummy recipe. May I ask the reasoning behind this inconvenience, please. This fruit salad is made with fresh fruit, dairy-free yogurt alternative and mini marshmallows. I am delighted to see pics you shared and looking forward to make this tonight. I’m going to make it ASAP. We do this all the time for dessert. What pleasant memories you have! Hi Sherry, Absolutely! Use the canned fruits w/ 100% fruit juice. I do the same thing. Thank you for sharing your family with us. Come and meet the Creative Team! My mom died when I was 16 and I remember her making this salad – the version with sour cream called “5-Cup Salad.” I’ve made it nearly every year since as part of Thanksgiving dinner. It would be amazing with fresh whipped creamtoo though!! Thank you for sharing yours. My family called it honeymoon salad made with sour cream instead of cool whip and my mom always added a cup of chopped pecans because I always remember this being made along side lime jello with shaved carrots and pecans in it. The real deal for ambrosia salad. Mom doesn’t use cook books, everything is in her head. I add sliced bananas and uncrushed pecans or walnuts or whateverer is available. :). My Mum always makes this at Christmas time as a side. And I agree…what’s with the fruit cocktail. She taught me how and inspired me to love cooking and food! When I was a kid, I was always in charge of making it. Vintage 1950s ambrosia salad, perfect for every party, is made with canned fruit, marshmallows, coconut, and nuts (or not) in a creamy dressing. Required fields are marked *. My Grandmother made this recipe twice a year, once for Easter and then for Christmas. Author by Amanda Formaro on October 1, 2019 Updated on December 19, 2020. Your email address will not be published. My mom made it just about the same but she added nuts on occasion. I remember making this years ago for office celebrations and it was always a big hit ( I also used sour cream instead of CoolWhip). 1 grapefruit, pink You’re welcome! It’s simple and quick to make. Such a nice post… I lost my Sicilian mom this past February, and at least once a day my hand reaches for the phone to call her until I catch myself. She uses tinned mandarins, tinned pineapple chunks, Pascalls marshmallows (australian brand of soft fluffy marshmallows) cut in half, desiccated coconut and sour cream instead of cool whip (we don’t have cool whip in Australia). Hopefully I can do it justice. We also had a cranberry Waldorf salad, the recipe of which I include here. I just have to listen for the answers. The advice you give about cherishing the moments you have is something we should all remember with regard to all of our loved ones. Ambrosia was always at our family dinners too. By the way the cottage cheese made it not so sweet. 1 small jar maraschino cherries, halved. https://www.southernliving.com/christmas/recipes/jello-salad-recipes She too was an Italian lady who made ambrosia for summer gatherings. As long as there are lots of maraschino cherries, I’m there. A gelatinous dessert made from canned fruit juice with chunks of fruit inside, … In 1950, the Record-Chronicle of Denton, Texas, prescribed a summer version of ambrosia that used a package of orange flavored gelatin, grated orange rind, and orange juice along with a package of shredded coconut and chilled and whipped evaporated milk. I’m Amanda and I’m the founder of Amanda’s Cookin’ I love to bake, cook and create in the kitchen, but it’s not just me anymore! Ambrosia is tremendously adaptable. Love Ambrosia salad….sharing with you that instead of Whipped Cream, I use 1 can of condensed milk and the same measurement of Sour Cream!!! It was served up routinely for Christmas and Easter, and pretty much non-stop during the summer. Yes, canned fruit is a grandma thing. Compared to things like cake and pie, ambrosia salad is a wonderfully fresh and light dessert. They hired me to make it and in my contracted agreement I was to keep the recipe exclusive to their site. Sprinkle with cheesecake flavored pudding mix and stir to coat. My family called it Moron Salad (named by my step-grandmother) because it used 1 cup of each ingredient – mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, coconut, mini marshmallows & sour cream. ago. Thanks for sharing! Your email address will not be published. I, too, grew up with this vintage delight, but my mom didn’t work from recipes, so I have no clue what she put in it. My search is over. Michele…being from Pittsburgh originally, I was drawn to your blog…and stayed because of your heart and talent. Your recipes have that special ingredient…loving family memories. I make mine with two packs of Jello, one can crushed pineapple, 2 packs of cream cheese, one large cool whip. Fold in the whipped cream. Mom always made a separate dish without coconut for one of my sisters. Along with rolled sandwiches, ambrosia or 5 cup salad as I knew it, was served along with tea in cups and saucers and a hidden sticker under a random saucer :). For those who are blessed to have their parents and grandparents around, please take the time to video tape them. (Marshmallows in salad?! Keep reading for lots of variations! Here Ambrosia is a milk, sugar and egg mixture cooked a lot on the stove, that ends up like a cross between flan and bread pudding. 15 years ago I married. Nutritional values are based on one serving, The Ultimate List of Christmas Baking Ideas. I make Ambrosia for potluck dinners. I am proud to be partnering with Silk to bring you this tasty dairy-free ambrosia salad recipe! Well, just YUM!!!!!!! :). But SO good. Home; Features; Reviews; Contact; View App; December 8 2020 Thanks for the memories. Thank you for the recipe and letting us share in your memories. Hi Susan, Not specifically, but if you read above, there are a lot of options in terms of add-ins, so feel free to choose what you’d like! Thank you for such a heart warming post. 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