Susan’s Ambrosia Fruit Salad

A medley of fruits, coconut flakes, marshmallows and pecans are folded into a fluffy whipped topping.

Susan's Ambrosia Fruit Salad

A medley of fruits, coconut flakes, marshmallows and pecans are folded into a fluffy whipped topping.

5 from 1 vote
DifficultySuper Easy
Prep Time
20 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This heavenly Ambrosia Fruit Salad is so creamy sweet and loaded with fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, cherries, apple, banana, coconut, pecans, and mini marshmallows. Perfect for your next holiday gathering.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert, Salad
Category: Salads


  • 2 cans fruit cocktail 15 oz each, drained
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges 8.25 oz each, drained
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries 10 oz, drained
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut I prefer Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
  • 1 pkg miniature marshmallows 10 oz, I prefer Jet-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 tub sour cream 16 oz
  • 1 tub whipped cream 8 oz, I prefer Cool Whip Original Whipped Topping
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 medium Honeycrisp apples peeled and chopped
  • 2 bananas sliced


  • In a large bowl add the sour cream and whipped topping and stir together.
  • Fold the fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, coconut, marshmallows, and pecans into the creamy whipped topping. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  • 30 minutes before serving, peel and chop the apples and bananas. Add them to a covered bowl with the lemon juice and gently toss them until they are evenly covered with the lemon juice. Fold the apple and banana into the fruit salad and place back into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, transfer to a serving bowl and serve.


Some things you should know about this Susan’s Ambrosia Fruit Salad recipe.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 8.8% | Vitamin C: 18.1% | Calcium: 5.2% | Iron: 3.1%

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Susan’s Ambrosia Fruit Salad recipe your own.

Ensure that the apple and banana are fresh when serving. Both the apple and banana can start to brown and the banana can get mushy and gross once they have sat in the salad too long. Tossing them both in the freshly squeezed lemon juice helps ensure that they look and taste fresh when served. Also, if you can hold off on preparing both the apple and banana until 10 or 20 minutes before serving the salad, you will get the best results.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your Susan’s Ambrosia Fruit Salad.

Great for the holidays. This salad is great served after a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. We serve it every year with Thanksgiving dinner.