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Easy and Healthy Ambrosia Salad

This simple to make salad is so delicious and the perfect snack, dessert, or side dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ambrosia salad, fruit salad, healthy ambrosia salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula

Ingredients

  • 4 cups assorted fresh fruits I used mandarin oranges, bananas, apples, pineapple, and grapes
  • 1 15 ounce can full-fat coconut milk this needs to be chilled overnight
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream This isn't necessary, but I like it. If you are going for a dairy-free version, leave this out. The can of coconut milk will need to be chilled in the fridge overnight.
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼-1/2 cup sweetener You can use honey or powdered sugar. Whichever you prefer
  • cup chopped walnut
  • ¼ cup unsweeetened coconut
  • cup crushed pineapple

Instructions

  • Add chopped fruits, walnuts and coconut to a medium-sized bowl.
    In another bowl add in your coconut cream. This will need to be from chilled coconut milk. Open the can and the cream will have separated itself and is at the top. It is thick and perfect. scoop this out and add it to your bowl with the 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and vanilla. Now, decide which sweetener you want to use. If you are using the powdered sugar, add it in now. If you are using honey, wait until late to add it in.
    Beat the coconut cream and heavy cream to soft peaks with a hand mixer on high or a whisk. Add in the crushed pineapple. If you are using honey, you will add it at this point. Mix well. Taste the cream. If you want it more sweet, add in more sweetener.
    Pour it over the the fruits and mix well with a rubber spatula.
    This salad is best eaten the day it is made, as it has the bananas in it. You can always eat it the next day, just know the bananas will be brown and a little mushy.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!

Notes

  1. This is made with fresh fruits, coconut milk instead of cool whip, and no marshmallows. So, it will not be as sweet as the original. It is still really good, but not that sickening sweet flavor.
  2. This can easily be made several hours ahead of time. If you do this, make sure and add the bananas right before serving.
  3. You really can add any fruits you want in here. I added fruits that were as close to the original as possible.