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Ambrosia
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An ambrosia salad prepared for a potluck, topped with canned mandarin orange slices, maraschino cherries, and a canned pineapple ring
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.

History

The name references the food of the Greek gods. It originated in the 19th century.

In 2017, "ambrosia" was the most-searched-for Thanksgiving dish by people in Vermont.

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