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Today I have a no-cook, no-bake dessert that is quick and easy to make. It is called Ambrosia Salad aka fruit salad. Ambrosia literally means ‘food of the gods’  in Greek & Roman mythology. But this dish is very much American and from what I’ve read it is a very popular dessert/ salad that is served around holidays in the Southern states.

It is quite a simple dish to make — lightly sweetened whipped cream is mixed with fresh fruit and grated coconut. Even though it sounds so easy, the resulting dish is light and absolutely delicious, hence the name – Ambrosia.

I’ve never tasted Ambrosia salad before even though I’ve seen in many times in holiday buffets because it contains marshmallows. But I watched Alton Brown make it the other day on Good Eats and I realized that I can make without the marshmallows.

It tasted absolutely amazing, even my picky husband liked it a lot. It takes just a few minutes to put everything together and since it needs to be served chilled, it is great as a make ahead dessert. I chose to layer it in individual glasses, but toss everything in a big bowl for a even quicker dish. If you are still thinking of what dessert to make for the coming holidays, add this to your buffet or even better take it to a potluck — you will a star at the party 🙂 🙂

Recipe adapted from here:

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Ambrosia Parfait Yum
A popular American dessert that is made frequently in the Southern States. This light and delicious dish is very easy to make and can be easily customized to ones preferences.
Ambrosia Parfait
Course dessert
Cuisine american
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ cup Pineapple Fresh , finely chopped
  • ½ cup grapes Red seedless , halved
  • 2 Oranges Clementines or , peeled and segmented
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Fresh Grated
  • 3 tbsps Pecans Almonds or , toasted
Course dessert
Cuisine american
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ cup Pineapple Fresh , finely chopped
  • ½ cup grapes Red seedless , halved
  • 2 Oranges Clementines or , peeled and segmented
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Fresh Grated
  • 3 tbsps Pecans Almonds or , toasted
Ambrosia Parfait
Instructions
  1. Whip cream in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer along with sugar until stiff peaks form. Stir in the sour cream and whisk until combined.
  2. Combined the chopped fruits in a small bowl.
  3. To Assemble: Spoon the mixed fruit in the bottom of the serving glasses/ bowls, top with the whipped cream mixture and grated coconut. Repeat the layers until the top. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve cold.
Recipe Notes

Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeDecember -- Week 2'.

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