Ambrosia Salad with Jello is a delightful and airy fruit medley that is ideal for festive occasions. It is a simple recipe and excellent for large gatherings and potlucks.

Ambrosia Salad with Jello in a mold.
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Ambrosia Salad with Jello

This classic holiday recipe is so delicious with the combination of fruit, marshmallows, whipped topping and more. It comes together for a light and flavor packed fruit salad.

This recipe is a Christmas tradition in our home and I know you will love it too. We also love to make these Christmas Fruit Salad Recipes during the holiday season.

Ambrosia Salad with Jello on a stand.

What is Ambrosia Fruit Salad?

It consists of canned fruit, marshmallows, coconut, whipped topping and more. Some recipes call for nuts or sour cream, but this recipe does not. There are many variations to Ambrosia Salad recipe with jello and this fruit salad is fantastic.

Ambrosia Salad with Jello in a mold.

Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe is perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.

Ingredients for recipe.

Ingredients: 

  • Pineapple Flavor Gelatin
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Boiling Water 
  • Cold Water 
  • Cool Whip (thawed) 
  • Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • Mini Marshmallows 
  • Flaked Coconut 
Ambrosia Salad with Jello on a plate.

How to make Ambrosia Salad with Jello:

  • Step 1. Drain the pineapple juice and reserve. Drain the juice off the pineapple and place in a 1 cup measuring cup. If the juice does not fill up the cup completely, add in water until it’s full. 
  • Step 2. Add the jello mix. Place the gelatin mix in a large bowl.  Add the boiling water and stir until the mix is completely dissolved. 
  • Step 3. Combine the pineapple juice and jello. Stir in the pineapple juice and water mixture.  
  • Step 4. Allow the mixture to chill. Refrigerate the mixture for approximately 1 hour until it starts to thicken. 
  • Step 5. Fold in the cool whip. Stir in the cool whip and mix until well blended. Refrigerate for approximately 15 more minutes. 
  • Step 6. Prepare a mold or cake pan. Light spray a 12 cup bundt cake or other mold with a non-stick cooking spray or oil.  
  • Step 7. Combine the fruit with the mixture. Stir the pineapple, oranges, marshmallows and coconut into the jello mixture.  Pour the mixture into the prepared bundt pan or mold. 
  • Step 8. Place in the fridge. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 
  • Step 9. Remove from the mold. Fill your sink with hot water.  Carefully place the bottom half of the pan in the water for 30-40 seconds and then invert the pan onto a serving plate to release the mold. 
  • Step 10. Serve and enjoy the fruit salad. Then the salad is ready to serve and enjoy! 
Ambrosia Salad with Jello being served.

Storage

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. 

Ambrosia Salad with Jello on a fork.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze Ambrosia Jello Salad?

We do not recommend freezing Ambrosia Salad. The texture will change once frozen and not look or taste the same.

How long does this fruit salad last?

It will last up to 4 days in the fridge. I actually prefer to make it in advance so the flavors can blend together, and the marshmallows can soften.

Is Ambrosia Salad a side dish or dessert?

This tasty fruit salad can be served as either a side dish or a dessert. It is the perfect accompaniment to Christmas lunch or dinner and can also be enjoyed as dessert.

More Christmas Side Dish Recipes:

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Ambrosia Salad with Jello

5 from 3 votes
Ambrosia Salad with Jello is a delightful and airy fruit medley that is ideal for festive occasions. It is a simple recipe and excellent for large gatherings and potlucks.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 173

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Pineapple Flavor Gelatin 6 ounces
  • 1 can Crushed Pineapple 8 ounces- not drained )
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • Cold Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 can Mandarin Oranges 11 ounces – drained
  • 1 1/2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Flaked Coconut

Instructions

  • Drain the juice off the pineapple and place in a 1 cup measuring cup. If the juice does not fill up the cup completely, add in water until it’s full.
  • Place the gelatin mix in a large bowl.  Add the boiling water and stir until the mix is completely dissolved.
  • Stir in the pineapple juice and water mixture.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for approximately 1 hour until it starts to thicken.
  • Stir in the cool whip and mix until well blended. Refrigerate for approximately 15 more minutes.
  • Light spray a 12 cup bundt cake or other mold with a non-stick cooking spray or oil.
  • Stir the pineapple, oranges, marshmallows and coconut into the jello mixture.  Pour the mixture into the prepared bundt pan or mold.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Fill your sink with hot water.  Carefully place the bottom half of the pan in the water for 30-40 seconds and then invert the pan onto a serving plate to release the mold.
  • Then the salad is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 173kcal, Carbohydrates 22g, Protein 16g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 50mg, Potassium 150mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 17g, Vitamin A 218IU, Vitamin C 12mg, Calcium 41mg, Iron 1mg

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