Heirloom Ambrosia Salad

Heirloom Ambrosia

“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 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.  

If you want to add different fruit, just increase the sour cream.  I don’t know why, but if I add grapes or cherries or peaches, people say they like it better the original way.  Could it be it’s just what they are used to?  I don’t know!  Enjoy!”

Servings: 6        Yield: 3 cups


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


1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.
2. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

Nutritional Information:  Heirloom Ambrosia Salad

Servings Per Recipe:  6

Amount Per Serving: 1/2 cup

Calories: 217
Calories from Fat: 120

  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 13g 21%
  • Saturated Fat 11g 53%
  • Cholesterol 20mg 7%
  • Sodium 140mg 6%
  • Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Protein 3g 5%
  • Sugars 23g
  • Vitamin A 5%
  • Vitamin C 20%
  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 2%
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  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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