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Cherry Pineapple Ambrosia Salad

Cherry, Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Ambrosia

This ambrosia tastes as good as it looks and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with people coming back for seconds and even thirds!
Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Ambrosia Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Plus inactive time for draining fruit 3 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 15 whole maraschino cherries no stems (for the ambrosia)
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange slices
  • 1 can (15 ounces) triple cherry or regular fruit cocktail
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups Cool Whip Topping
  • 3 maraschino cherries with stems (for garnish)


  • Set a large strainer on top of a plate or large flat bowl. Set aside for just a moment. Drain out the juice from the cans of fruit. Add the pineapple, fruit cocktail, and mandarin oranges to the strainer.
  • Cut the cherries in half and add them to the strainer. Using a spoon, spread the fruit out in the strainer so it’s not lumped together. Let the fruit sit in the strainer for 2 to 3 hours (or more) if you have time, so that all of the juice is completely drained from the fruit.
  • Transfer the fruit to a large bowl and add the marshmallows, and Cool Whip. Gently blend in the Cool Whip. Garnish with maraschino cherries with stems.  Serve chilled.