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Mandarin Orange Ambrosia Salad

Serves Serves 8-10     adjust servings


  • 1 8-ounce tub cool whip, regular or lite (thawed)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix* (goes in the salad as dry powder)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts. Pecans are good too.)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained well
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, slightly drained (reserve juice)
  • 14 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained well


  1. In a large bowl, add cool whip, milk, sour cream, and pudding mix.
  2. Add the coconut, nuts, and marshmallows. Stir well.
  3. Add the mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, and cherries. Gently fold in the fruit.
  4. Add some of the reserved pineapple juice if it seems thick. (This is just personal preference)
  5. Serve immediately. Or cover and chill until you are ready to serve. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance.