Last Updated on July 28, 2020 by Ellen Christian
Ambrosia is sweet magic stuff that was eaten by the gods! And you are going to love this healthy ambrosia fruit salad recipe! Try it today.
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Healthy Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe
When most of us think about ambrosia, we think about Ambrosia Salad. But, here’s something you probably didn’t know. There are 265 calories in your average serving of Ambrosia Salad.
Ambrosia salad is a dessert that has been dated back to about the 19th century (the 1800s). Depending on the part of the country you live in, it may include sour cream, yogurt, whipped topping, cream cheese, pudding or cottage cheese.
It almost always includes oranges, coconut, pineapple, and marshmallows. Sometimes it includes pecans, grapes, apples, and maraschino cherries. Thankfully, this healthy ambrosia recipe is a much better choice.
When I was growing up, apple ambrosia salad included pistachio pudding mix, Cool Whip, canned fruit, and coconut. My Mom still makes it every family holiday from Easter to Christmas. It’s the “green stuff” that everyone asks for at family get-togethers.
While it’s delicious, I’ve been searching for a healthier alternative without the sugar and the processed foods. This healthy ambrosia fruit salad recipe is my alternative.
Ambrosia salad variations
If you want an ambrosia salad without marshmallows, you’re in luck because this recipe doesn’t use them. If you prefer a walnut ambrosia salad, use walnuts instead of almonds.
Is this healthy ambrosia salad recipe Paleo?
If you’re not paleo or primal and would still like a healthy ambrosia fruit salad recipe, you can use vanilla or maple Greek yogurt in place of the plain Greek yogurt. While I think the fruit gives the perfect touch of sweetness, those used to sweeter dishes might like an alternative. To keep this a Paleo ambrosia salad, use the orange juice with no added sugar.
Now, for the good news. My healthy ambrosia salad recipe with Greek yogurt has 123 calories. If you use orange juice, it has only 117.
How long can you store leftovers?
Eat this fruit salad recipe within 3-5 days of making it. Be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can add a little bit more Greek yogurt to it and stir it to blend before serving it. This recipe is not suitable for freezing.
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- 2 apples
- 1 orange
- One 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple in juice (or fresh pineapple crushed)
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (omit if Paleo & sub 1/8 cup orange juice)
- Chop the apples. Don't peel them. Apple skin is high in fiber.
- Peel and separate the orange.
- Drain the crushed pineapple or peel, chop and crush the fresh pineapple.
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g
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