Monday, February 27, 2012

My Mom's Ambrosia Fruit Salad


My mom always used to make this delicious fruit salad when I was a kid. Back then, it was all I could do to keep myself from reaching in and helping myself to a grape or a cherry. She served this a lot at family gatherings and whenever we had a BBQ night.  It always went over very well, especially with children or anyone who had a sweet tooth.  When fresh fruit is in season, this is equally amazing using fresh fruits. I like to bring this whenever I am asked to bring a fruit salad to a baby shower.

My Mom's Ambrosia Fruit Salad

1 (15 ounce) can sliced peaches in juice, drained well, cut into chunks
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained well
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple tidbits in juice, drained well
1/2-1 cup maraschino cherries, drained, cut into halves if desired
1-1 1/2 cups seedless grapes (Mom used green), cut into halves if desired
1-1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar, or to taste
shredded coconut, to garnish, optional

Combine all of the fruits and the marshmallows in a large bowl.  Mix together the sour cream with the sugar, tasting and adjusting the sweetness as desired.  Pour the sour cream mixture over the fruit mixture. Toss gently, making sure to coat evenly.  Cover and chill for several hours before serving.

If you like, just before serving sprinkle with a layer of shredded coconut.