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Retro cooking: Ambrosia salad recipe

In case you're not sick of my vintage food yet

1y ago

While this vintage recipe might look like crazy ingredients mixed together at random, it is quite heavenly, for the most part. It's a fruit salad with some extra little bits tossed in and mixed together in a sweet, creamy base.

This was another big party food back in the 1950s and 60s. Cool Whip wasn't invented until 1966, so older variations of the salad use ingredients like pudding, sour cream, yogurt, and Jello as the binding agent. You can use what you prefer, and I'm using Cool Whip for this.

Hopefully you're not sick of my vintage recipes by now, because it's been my thing during quarantine. Hey, it's a perfect time to discover different recipes and even learn from them!

The only thing I didn't like about this was the pineapple. I don't dislike pineapple, but it's not a favorite. It made this otherwise sweet dish too acidic for my taste. The beauty of most recipes is that you can fix them to your liking, so next time I'll be leaving it out. The pineapple is strong, so if you're not a big fan of it either, I suggest just leaving it out.

Ambrosia salad recipe

Vintage party treat



  • 1 small tub (8 oz) of frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip or similar), thawed
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained but set liquid aside
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 can (10 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (small, 8.25 oz) crushed pineapple, drained (see my warning above)
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • Maraschino cherries liquid (optional)


  1. Transfer the Cool Whip into a mixing bowl. If you want, use a few tablespoons of the maraschino cherry liquid to color the Cool Whip pink and be all fancy.
  2. Add all of the ingredients and fold together gently.
  3. Transfer to a nice serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate a couple hours, or until the Cool Whip is set.
  4. Serve cold and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I've been having this as my lunch with a cup of tea. Not regretting it.

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In the future, I would make this in more of a cherry-vanilla flavor only. I think Cool Whip + vanilla pudding mix + maraschino cherries + marshmallows + walnuts would be unbelievably yummy!

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Comments (5)

  • Looks good

      1 year ago
  • I love vintage food! It reminds me of some of my grandmother's cooking from when I was little. She was actually a pretty bad cook. But some of her standard dishes were good. She raised a military family in the 50s and 60s; the wife of a fighter pilot during the jet-set age. She was a bit of the image of the 50s wife that ran the house. The vintage dishes make me remember her!

      1 year ago