5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad

June 29, 2014
Classic 5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad is a family favorite fluff salad, for sure.  Chock full of pineapple chunks, coconut, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows, no one can resist its creamy deliciousness.  You'll want to make it part of your regular dinner menu, too!

5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Coconut, Pineapple, and Marshmallows Image

Our moving process is in full swing!  So I'm still relying on easy, quick-to-pull-together dishes to get dinner on the table during this crazy time - like Quick Weeknight Chicken Penne Alfredo ... or Pizza Spaghetti Bake ... or this easy family favorite 5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad.

5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad gets its name from the supposedly  five cups of "stuff used to make it.  5 ingredients - using 1 cup of each.  However, over time, the recipe has morphed to be not exactly 5 cups.  We'll be okay with that creative stretch with the name, right?

As for our move, I'm happy to say we've finally found our new home and are gearing toward a July 31st closing date.  But moving to a new house isn't the first moving challenge in our process.  No.  My first  moving challenge was packing up and moving my classroom.

Which, trust me, was an ordeal in and of itself.
Packing up a classroom for a move is not really an easy feat.  Especially when, to quote my Principal, "You have a lot of stuff."

Yes, I have a lot of "stuff."

One thing I learned while packing up? ... I may have a slight children's literature addiction.  Yes, I love to buy books.  And I learned the very hard way that I have a lot  of them.

I mean seriously, look  at all the books!

It took me an entire morning to pack up the books.  Just.  The.  Books.

Oh, and it took an entire car load to move them, too.  Totally filled my car - and I don't have a super small car.  It looked a little weighed down, too - so much so I was worried I'd scrape on the speed bumps in my neighborhood.

But want to know the funnier part?  The books actually gave the roll-y hand cart I was using a flat tire!  No joke.  Guess I should have split them into two loads.

Here's my sad little classroom during the packing up process ...

All the bright colors off the walls.  All the desks moved out.  Chairs stacked.  Books and supplies packed.  Students long gone for the summer.


 And now?

Now "the classroom" sits waiting in my garage.

Waiting for its next adventures.  Waiting for its next school.  Waiting for its next students.  The books ... waiting for their next readers.

And me?  Waiting to find out the next classroom that will hold the title of "Harrelson Way."

Now that we know where we'll live, my job search can begin.  I've found my new "house" home, and now I can't wait to find my new "classroom" home.

Until then and until everything else with our moving process settles down, I'll continue to rely on quick and easy family favorite recipes like 5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad.  It's the only way I can get yummy food on the table without going crazy during this crazy time.

But that's okay.  I love quick and easy family favorites.  No problem there.

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Yield: 8-10 Servings

5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Classic 5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad is a family favorite fluff salad, for sure. Chock full of pineapple chunks, coconut, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows, no one can resist its creamy deliciousness. You'll want to make it part of your regular dinner menu, too!
prep time: 10 Mcook time: total time: 10 M


  • 1 (20 oz.) can chunk pineapple, drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 c. sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
  • 1 c. sour cream


How to cook 5-Cup Ambrosia Fruit Salad

  1. Mix together pineapple chunks, coconut, marshmallows, and sour cream until well combined. Gently stir in mandarin oranges.
  2. Chill for at least four hours before serving.
  1. This classic 5-Cup Ambrosia Salad gets its name from the amount of total ingredients originally used to make it. Originally, the recipe called for one cup of each of the five ingredients. As written above, the recipe makes more than five cups total ... the cans of fruit each contain more than one cup, and I always add extra marshmallows. So while it's not really five cups of salad, the name remains the same!
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  1. I can totally relate on the 'children's literature addiction' thing! I retired from teaching (Title I 12 yrs and K-2 before that) last year and couldn't part with the books I'd personally purchased.....OH MY! Fav Son likened me to that hoarder show! I set up a little craft area in the basement and my 'teacher' books found a home there. (May blog about it sometime.) I pull them out now and then to read with little ones who come to visit. Maybe I'll have some Grands someday, too! Good luck on your new adventure!!

    1. I know ... it's so hard for me not to buy even more. But I think I need to stop! ... at least for a while until some of them get too tattered to stay in the 'library.' Thank you for the good wishes on my new teaching adventure.

  2. This post makes me a little sad!!!!! I am so happy for you...but seeing all that stuff boxed up...tear:/
    I know it will be a wonderful beginning though! Love you friend!

    1. You're sweet, dear friend. Walking out of school for the last time made me sad, too. I'll take great memories of seven wonderful years with me ... in addition to all the books & boxes!!

  3. You're off on your next adventure. I love a good adventure. I love that you have so many books for your kids to read too. Lucky students. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks!

  4. Mmmm, this sounds like the best fruit salad ever! Next week I am moving in a new house with my family and I want to make some snacks for the traveling. I will definitely make such salad because my daughter loves marshmallows and this is going to become her favorite treat. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is one of my very favorite salads! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. The perfect Ambrosia Salad as a side or dessert ~ a little sweetness with a little tang, it's refreshing and light. Thank you for sharing, and now on to explore your site for more almost forgotten classics.

    1. Thank you for your comment. We hope you will spend time looking around and trying some of the recipes.


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