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Ambrosia Salad Parfait in a glass set over a wooden board

Ambrosia Fruit Salad

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.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Chilling Time:: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings


  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • ½ cup Sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 cup Fresh pineapple, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Red seedless grapes, halved
  • 2 Oranges or Clementines, peeled and segmented
  • 2 tablespoons Grated unsweetened coconut, fresh or dried
  • 3 tablespoons Pecans or Almonds, toasted


  • In a chilled bowl, pour the cream and add sugar. Beat with a hand mixer or a whisk until stiff peak forms.
  • Add sour cream to the whipped cream and gently fold it in.
  • Prep all the fruit and mix them in a small bowl.
  • At this point, you can either layer them into individual serving glasses to make ambrosia parfaits. Or toss everything in a big bowl for a even quicker dish.

To Assemble:

  • To make the parfaits, 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. Sprinkle some tasted, chopped nuts on top. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve cold.


  • To make the recipe even simpler, use 1 cup cool whip instead of heavy cream.
  • Feel free to use any fruit you like, banana, grapes, strawberries and so on.
  • You can serve this ambrosia fruit salad individual serving glasses. Or simply toss everything in a big bowl for a even quicker dessert.
  • Make sure to chill the dessert for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • This fruit salad can be made up to 24 hours in advance.


Serving: 1Parfait | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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