Ambrosia (fruit salad) facts for kids
|Alternative names||5 cup salad|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredients||Pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and coconut|
Ambrosia is an American variety of fruit salad. Most ambrosia recipes contain canned (often sweetened) or fresh pineapple, canned mandarin orange slices or fresh orange sections, miniature marshmallows, and coconut. Other ingredients might include various fruits and nuts: maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries, peeled grapes, or crushed pecans. Ambrosia can also include mayonnaise or dairy ingredients: whipped cream (or whipped topping), sour cream, cream cheese, pudding, yogurt, or cottage cheese.
The mixture of ingredients is refrigerated for a few hours or overnight before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
The name references the food of the Greek gods. It originated in the 19th century.
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