Ambrosia is a super-sweet creation, served as either a side dish or a dessert. The ingredients usually include Jell-O, whipped topping, marshmallows, mixed fruits and walnuts. The directions are very simple, and this dish makes for a nice cool snack on a hot summer day. Ambrosia is also popular as a bright, cheerful addition to a holiday party menu. Like most recipes, this creamy, fruity salad snack tastes best when made with fresh ingredients, especially homemade whipped cream.
Here’s a typical recipe for Ambrosia Salad:
8 ounces whipped topping
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can fruit cocktail, drained
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (8 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
PREPARATION: In a large bowl, combine ALL ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate for an hour. Garnish with oranges, cherries and pineapple slice. MAKES 8-10 SERVINGS
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: 1) Serve in a Sundae glass with fresh navel orange slices fitted on the rim. 2) Garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick.
RECIPE VARIATIONS: Other fruits are also well suited for this recipe. Try making it with fresh strawberries, apples, bananas, kiwi or mango. Just about any of your favorite fresh fruits will work.