1950s Ambrosia Salad Recipe

1950s ambrosia salad recipe
1950s ambrosia salad recipe

Welcome to Takeout Food, your ultimate resource for culinary exploration and delightful recipes. In this article, we’ll be sharing a classic recipe for 1950s Ambrosia Salad, also known as 5 Cup Salad. Get ready to experience the nostalgic flavors and captivating sweetness of this delightful dessert salad.

Ambrosia Salad (5 Cup Salad) in a green bowl with a spoon in it

Don’t be fooled by modern variations of Ambrosia Salad that use Cool Whip. Our Grandma’s original recipe relied on sour cream, and once you try it, you won’t turn back to edible oil products in your ambrosia salad again!

The 5 Cup Salad Ingredients

To recreate this classic Ambrosia Salad, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Mini marshmallows (white marshmallows are traditional)
  • Sweetened shredded coconut
  • Sour cream (not whipping cream)
  • Mandarin oranges (drained)
  • Pineapple chunks (drained)

How to Make Ambrosia Salad

The “5 cups” in the recipe’s name is a loose interpretation, as you’ll use a can of pineapple and a can of mandarin oranges, rather than a literal cup measurement.

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture until the marshmallows become softer and expand. It’s that simple!

Close up of Ambrosia Salad (5 Cup Salad) in a bowl with a spoon in it

Ambrosia is Served as a Dessert Salad

Ambrosia salad is a dessert salad that harmoniously combines sweetness with the main meal. While nowadays dessert salads are typically reserved for dessert time, this retro salad traditionally graces the table alongside turkey, ham, and other savory dishes.

Imagine the jello salad in the Christmas movie classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It sits on the table with the (dried out) turkey. That’s what a dessert salad is—an enticing, sweet accompaniment to the main course.

This version of Ambrosia Salad is perfect for serving alongside the main meal. The sour cream beautifully balances the sweet ingredients, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Karlynn’s Tips & Tricks for Making Ambrosia Salad

Here are some additional tips and tricks to make your Ambrosia Salad even more delightful:

  • You can substitute low-fat sour cream for a healthier option.
  • Experiment with flavored yogurt instead of sour cream for a different twist. Vanilla yogurt adds a delicious touch to the flavors.
  • Feel free to add additional ingredients according to your preference. Consider topping your Ambrosia Salad with pecans for a delightful crunch and a maraschino cherry for a burst of color.

So, who else loves the 5 Cup Salad version? This golden oldie of a recipe is certainly a crowd-pleaser. Consider making it for Christmas and enjoy the nostalgic flavors. And don’t forget to explore our website, Takeout Food, for more culinary delights and creative recipes!



1. Can I use fresh fruit instead of canned fruit in Ambrosia Salad?

While fresh fruit can add a vibrant touch to any dish, canned fruit is traditionally used in Ambrosia Salad. The texture and sweetness of canned fruit complement the overall flavor profile of this classic dessert salad.

2. How long can I refrigerate Ambrosia Salad before serving?

Ambrosia Salad can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and the marshmallows to further soften. However, it’s best to add any delicate toppings, such as cherries or nuts, just before serving to maintain their freshness and texture.

We hope these FAQs help you in your culinary adventures. Enjoy your journey of discovering new flavors and delightful recipes!

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