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5 cup salad in a glass parfait dish with a blue tea towel nearby.

5 Cup Salad

Also known as ambrosia, this creamy fruit salad is perfect for a potluck or holiday meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 235 kcal


  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ¾ cup sour cream (regular or light)


  • Drain mandarin oranges. Pour 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice out of the can and into a large bowl, then drain the crushed pineapple. Discard any additional pineapple juice, or save for another use.
  • Add sour cream to the pineapple juice. Stir to combine.
  • Add the mandarin oranges, coconut, marshmallows, and crushed pineapple to the sour cream mixture. Use a spatula to gently combine fold all of the ingredients together.
  • Place the salad in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or up to 8 hours, to allow the flavors to blend.
  • When ready to serve, stir the salad and transfer it to a large bowl. Garnish with additional shredded coconut, if desired. Serve immediately.


You can substitute 1 cup of finely chopped fresh pineapple for the canned pineapple. 
8 large marshmallows is the equivalent of 1 cup of mini marshmallows. If using large marshmallows, snip them into quarters with kitchen shears to create the miniature size. 


Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 552IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 5 cup salad, ambrosia salad
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