Monday, July 21, 2008

Ambrosia Fruit Salad

My family always called this dessert 'Ambrosia'. My husband's family calls it 5-Cup Salad. It is a simple recipe -- impossibly sweet and uniquely American. The kids and I like ours heavy on the fruit and light on the dressing. To add a little crunch, I have added toasted almonds too.


1 large can of pineapple chunks, drained
2 small cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup whipped topping
1/2 cup plain yogurt (healthy) or sour cream (decadent)
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Heat a small non-stick fry pan over medium heat. Toast almonds by placing them in the pan for 1-2 minutes then gently stirring until they are fragrant and golden. Remove from pan and cool completely.

In large mixing bowl, combine halved cherries, oranges, pineapple, and coconut. Gently fold in whipped topping and yogurt (or sour cream). Cover and chill until ready to serve. Spoon into dessert dishes and sprinkle with toasted almonds.


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