This ambrosia fruit salad recipe comes from my father’s recipe box. He loved to cook and have his friends over for dinner once a week, even well into his 90s.
This recipe was one of his favorite. Living in Arizona for 25 years, he had many fruit trees right in his back yard, so had instant fresh ingredients at his finger tips. For years he ate this ambrosia every morning for breakfast. And often he served a version for dinner. Plus, he had another version for dessert. So here are a couple, for your enjoyment.
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Basic Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe
The amounts and types of fruit in this ambrosia are flexible, according to what you like. This will make at least 4 to 6 servings. See our separate topping suggestions below.
1/2 cup cubed watermelon
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup red grapes
1/2 cup green grapes
1/2 cup pitted cherries
1 cup diced strawberries
1 cup diced cantaloupe
1 cup diced honeydew melon
1/2 cup diced oranges or mandarin oranges
Other fruits to add or substitute: peaches, blueberries, grapefruit
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
Sauces or Toppings
Our ambrosia fruit salad recipe is definitely enhanced with a little extra special topping. So do give this a try…
- Lightly toss all ingredients; as you do, they will make their own light juice. You can eat as is, or mix in another sauce…such as…
- Mix in about ½ cup pure maple syrup – an excellent, natural sweetener!
- Gently stir in 2/3 to 1 cup of whipped cream.
- Or place servings of the ambrosia in separate serving dishes, then top with a dollop of whipped cream and then a final piece of fruit (or even a chocolate).
- You can also do a drizzle under the whipped cream – such as chocolate syrup, maple (or other) syrup, or a liqueur.
- If you want a real treat, mix in a little bit of this special cognac fruit dip – to use as a sauce or topping. Recipe submitted by one of our readers.
- You can also lightly sprinkle a little sugar or sweetener over the top for an extra garnishment.
Ambrosia Fruit Dessert
Here is another of Dad’s option for the ambrosia fruit salad recipe – turn it into a delicious dessert. We’ve served this for all kinds of occasions. And it’s super easy to make on short notice.
- 2 cups of fruit mix from the above recipe.
(Or you can use a large can of chunky, sugarless canned fruit)
1 box sugarless instant vanilla pudding
1 cup frozen juice (i.e. orange juice) from the can
Mix together the vanilla pudding and frozen juice thoroughly until smooth. Then add in the fruit and gently mix until well coated. (Any leftover frozen juice can be saved and used as you’d like. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve; also left overs.
Fresh fruit is an excellent way to enhance elderly nutrition, which is easy to neglect. So using simple fruit salad recipes (or a healthy dessert) is ideal.Enjoy!
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