I didn’t know what I was going to post tonight as I headed to the grocery store to restock our fruit supply.  While I was there I saw a display declaring, “How about a ambrosia fruit salad?”.

All the ingredients required were right there in the display, so I based this recipe on what was available in that display.  Of course, I veganized what I could.  You can make this salad a lot cheaper if you don’t need the soy whipped cream or the non-vegetarian marshmallows (regular marshmallows have gelatin – Dandies are expensive but are vegan.  And my omnivore husband likes them better).

You might also want to try Ricki’s coconut whipped cream instead of soy based.

IMGP8009 As for marshmallows, I only put in one cup.  It’s way less than fruit ambrosia normally has, but I’m more of a fruit fan than a marshmallow fan.  At least lately.

IMGP8014 I’ll see if I can get a better picture tomorrow.  If it makes it that long :)

Vegan Fruit Ambrosia Salad

by Miriam Wilcox

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes (ready in)

Keywords: mix chill dessert vegan vegetarian cherry pineapples dandies

Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 1 cup of soy based whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 can (8 oz) fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 can (8 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup dandies marshmallows
  • 1 cup marachino cherries, drained and stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Mix ingredients other than whipped cream in a large bowl. Fold in whipped cream.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

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Feel free to train the cans of fruit directly into your mouth.  But it’s probably more polite to put it in a glass then drink it that way.  No point in wasting the super sweet juices.

By the way, I had some questions about what brand of soy based whipped cream I use.  I use whatever is available at our local store.  Lately I’ve been using SoyaToo!

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4 Responses to Vegan Fruit Ambrosia Salad

  1. I made a yogurt dressing fruit salad last night. The kids ate it, but I’m sure they would have like whipped cream and marshmallows much more.

  2. Ricki says:

    What a fun salad! And thanks for the coconut whipped cream mention. This sounds like just the kind of thing I used to love to eat. . . when I could eat everything. 😀

  3. Becky says:

    Oooo I really want to try this, but I recently had a horrible experience involving a maple smokey bacon flavored tempeh product that scarred me, and now I’m terrified of trying anything soy based. Does the soy whip cream really taste like whip cream, or at least similar enough?

  4. kisha says:

    I’m going to make some for this weekend, I’ve got family coming in for Easter, and probably about 1/2 of this already in the house. yum!

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