1950s AMBROSIA FRUIT SALAD

Ambrosia Salad is a traditional Southern recipe that has enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the United States.  I first became aware of it in the 1950s when my mother served it up one evening.

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:

INGREDIENTS:

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.

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  1. Pingback: Stu Helm: Food Critic on Ambrosia, North Asheville

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