Easy Ambrosia Salad

Five ingredients is all you need to whip up this easy Ambrosia Salad! Perfect for any picnic, BBQ, or potluck!


Who doesn’t love an ambrosia salad? It’s one side dish I always have seconds of. It’s a light and refreshing side dish that kids and adults love too!

There are many variations of ambrosia salad. Some add in maraschino cherries, sour cream, yogurt, chopped almonds or pecans, or even fruit cocktail. I like to keep it simple with just 5 ingredients. Easy peasy and oh so tasty!


So what are the 5 ingredients?

  • Crushed pineapple
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Sweetened coconut flakes
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Cool whip

That’s it! Don’t fuss with adding in all the extras. Trust me, you just need to make it with these 5 ingredients for a simple and tasty side dish anyone will love!

And if you love this, then don’t miss my recipe for Pinky Winky! This recipe has been in my family for years! I remember growing up, this was always at our summer BBQ’s! It’s so good!


Whether you make my easy Ambrosia salad, or try Pinky Winky, you’re going to love them both! They take minutes to make and it will certainly be one side dish you hope you have leftovers of!

If you try this or any of my recipes I’d love to see! Snap a picture and tag me on Instagram at Mother Thyme!


Easy Ambrosia Salad


  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 15 oz can mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 8 oz cool whipped (thawed)


  1. In a large bowl mix first 4 ingredients in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Fold in cool whip.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  1. Looks Amazing Going to make! It looks like how my grandmother made Ambrosia. She never put cherries in her but a lot of recipes online have cherries this looks like how she did hers. I may add white choc jello in mandarin orange syrup to add

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