Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad Recipe: This Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe Is Old-fashioned Perfection by Ann Marie Patitucci

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2 years ago

Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad Recipe: This Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe Is Old-fashioned Perfection

My mom’s mother was Mary Patitucci, whom we grandkids lovingly called Grandma “Tucci.” She was unlike any other grandmother I knew. She was loving and sweet and fun, but she didn’t dress like other grandmas (for instance, she wore bright red lipstick at all times!) and you’d be more likely to find her playing cards or hanging out with family or at the race track than in the kitchen. I adored her. I’d like to think I inherited some of her independent spirit.

The only food I ever remember Grandma Tucci making when I was a kid was ambrosia – it was her signature dish. We’ve lost her hard copy recipe over the years, but my mom has put together an ambrosia dessert recipe that’s very close, if not perfect. It’s great for spring and summer gatherings.

I’m happy to pass on my beloved Grandma’s signature ambrosia fruit salad recipe to you. Feel free to substitute or add other fruits to create your own special family recipe!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 2 hours to chill
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8


Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a medium-sized bowl (preferably with a lid), combine thawed whipped cream, shredded coconut and marshmallows.
  2. Fold in mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries and nuts, if using.
  3. Once combined, cover with the lid (or plastic wrap) and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Eat within a day.

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Elisa Schmitz
So refreshing. I love ambrosia! Thank you for sharing your dear grandma's recipe, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead !
I could see serving this at my next picnic, how yummo.
I appreciate the story about your grandma tucci, that's really nice...
Ann Marie Patitucci
What a sweet comment. I love writing up family recipes (and including stories) and archiving them! :)
Elisa Schmitz
We so appreciate all you share, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . It’s clear that it comes from your heart! ❤️
I make this at Christmas but we have always called it Heavenly hash
We really love this my husband told me we will make this tomorrow night looks mmm good Lol thank you Ann for sharing ❤️
Oh let me tell you this was so yummy my family loved it ♥️thank you for sharing this recipe we are very excited that we found it on news break love your recipes!!

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