Heirloom Ambrosia Salad

This memorable old-fashioned, now heirloom ambrosia salad has made an appearance at every family BBQ for longer than I care to remember!  It is made with sour cream and not Cool Whip or yogurt like some ambrosia recipes I’ve seen.  I love sour cream!  I could eat a spoonful right from the container! 

It has just the right combination of fruit and it’s so easy to put together in just a few minutes. 

I have it memorized for all the times people have asked for the recipe!

This is a great fruit combination that everyone likes, but you can use 2 cups of whatever fruit you like.

This recipe yields about 3 cups.


Heirloom Ambrosia Salad

A delicious, memorable side dish that is a combination of fruit, coconut, mini marshmallows, and sour cream that many people ask for during holidays or other get-togethers! It goes especially fast at BBQ's! Use whatever fruit you'd like in it! Make it the day before to let the flavors meld together even more! This recipe yields about 3 cups.
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Prep Time19 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 178


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks drained
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows


  • In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. It is even better to make it the day before serving to let the flavors meld even more!


Use whatever fruit you’d like!
Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg



  1. Valerie July 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    This is exactly the same way my mom made it, and it seems like we always had it in the fridge. Maybe it was because it was her favorite. Thank you for sharing–I have been wanting this recipe for the longest time–and no whip cream–straight up sour cream!

    1. ang1m July 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      SO glad you found the recipe you’ve been looking for! 🙂 I don’t know how old this recipe is, I just know it must be very old! One of those oldies but goodies!

  2. dianefox106 June 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Love this recipe. My hubby’s mom gave me this same recipe when we were first married. She called it her 5 cup salad, that helps me remember what to put into it! I’m with you as to having sour cream and not cool whip. We use this for a side item at special occasions and anytime we just want it. Easy to make. Really like the idea of adding the other fruits.

    1. ang1m June 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Yes, this recipe goes “way back!” Just had it at our Father’s Day BBQ!

  3. tinywhitecottage June 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I could eat a spoonful of sour cream from the container too! 🙂 This reminds me of my childhood. I loved ambrosia salad. We always had it with cool whip. But the waldorf salad was always made with sour cream. Really enjoy these vintage style recipes you keep posting. 🙂

    1. ang1m June 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks for commenting and glad I am not the only one who likes sour cream straight! 🙂 I’ll keep emptying my box of my vintage favorites and once in a while I stick in new ones I love, like the recent “flatizza”. LOL I enjoy your blog a lot!…and will be poking around it tonight! 🙂


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