Ambrosia salad is sweet and good for you.  This ambrosia is full of delicious fresh apples and oranges.

The key to making ambrosia is fresh fruit.  I am going to teach you easy steps to making ambrosia salad that I have been using since I was a little girl.

What is in my Ambrosia?

This ambrosia is not full of jello, pudding, marshmallows, nor jar cherries.  The apples and oranges are fresh and genuinely the main ingredients.  To make this ambrosia, you will need six simple ingredients including ten oranges, ten apples, coconut, pecans, orange juice, and a little sugar.

Eating Ambrosia As A Little Girl

Below is a picture of me at Christmas time when I was six years old.  I would have turned seven in January.  I am the one at the far left in my boots.  Coming from a divorced family with a mom who left her family when I was 13, I have few childhood pictures with good memories, but I like this one.  It reminds me of Christmas and a few good memories we had including making ambrosia with my dad.   As he would peel each orange, he would peel it round and round until he had a perfect long orange peel.  As a kid, I remember being so mesmerized with his knife skills.

If you are going through a difficult time this Christmas season, I hope this post will encourage you.  I hope you know how much God loves you.  It may not feel like it, but he always works things out.  If you are struggling with anything, please take the time to read a couple of my posts about how God has worked in my life.

Diane, Darryl, Donna, David Hill
Ambrosia Salad At Christmas

We always had ambrosia at Christmas time.  Probably for a couple of reasons.  It was my dad’s favorite Christmas treat plus oranges are always plentiful in December.

My father grew up in Florida.  He played as a boy in orange groves and ate many oranges right off the trees.  He always had a story to tell us that revolved around oranges or oranges groves.  Because of my father’s love for oranges and honestly, I love them too; I make Ambrosia each Christmas.  After my dad had passed away, I continued our love for oranges.  I love making new recipes using them.  My goal was to one day grow oranges.

Why did I never grow them?  After all, my father passed away 25 years ago.  My fear was the trees would never survive the winters in Arkansas.

Potted Dwarf Citrus Trees

After researching about growing citrus trees, I found out they make dwarf citrus plants that can be grown in pots.  I had no idea!  Where have I been?

Potted Dwarf Citrus Trees are perfect for me because I have a large sunroom with lots of windows.  I was so excited about dwarf citrus trees, but I had a problem.  Citrus trees could not be found for sale in Arkansas in November.  Citrus trees are rare in my area.   Finding citrus trees in November was tough when I found out they made dwarf citrus trees and wanted one so bad.  Therefore, I could not find any for sale.

Plenty Of Citrus Trees Baton Rouge, LA

Fortunately, my oldest daughter had an interview in Baton Rouge for Pediatric Residency the first week in December 2016.  I knew I could find dwarf trees in Baton Rouge, so I volunteered to drive her.  While she was in her interview, I found a nursery and loaded my car down with dwarf citrus trees.

Somehow, I managed to get four different varieties of citrus trees.  YEAH!  The Navel Orange, Satsuma, Calamondin, and Lemon trees survived the long trip home.  My son was in the middle seat on the way back.  When the car would bounce, one of the trees would hit him in the head.  Thank God, he was a good sport, and we laughed all the way home.

Dwarf Orange Trees

Below you can see my Orange trees produced fruit the first year I had them.  During the summer, I put them out back.  In the winter, I put the orange trees in my sunroom before the weather gets in the 30’s.  I still cannot believe how all my citrus trees have done so well.  They are small trees that produce lots of fresh fruit.


Definition of Ambrosia

The food of the Greek and Roman gods; the ointment or perfume of the gods; something extremely pleasing to taste or smell.   After reading this definition, I believe years ago the reason ambrosia tasted and smelled incredible was the fresh fruit.  I have always said that fresh fruits are God’s candy to us.

STEP 1: Prepare Oranges For This Ambrosia Salad

Any Oranges will work great in the salad, but you have to remove the seeds.  My father always used Navel oranges.  He sliced each one and removed the seeds.  I just do not want to spend the time it takes to section oranges.  I used cuties, or when I have fresh oranges on my trees, I use Satsumas.  Whatever orange you prefer, remove the seeds.  Peel, remove the seeds and cut up ten oranges.  Place them in a large bowl.

STEP 2: Cut the Apples

Again, use your favorite apple in this ambrosia.  Growing up, we used Red Delicious apples in this salad.  My husband ate Golden Delicious apples.  I think WAY BACK THEN we only had red, green or yellow apples.  Today, I like to use Gala apples but use your favorite apple.  I usually remove the peeling, but you could keep the peeling on the apples.  Peel and cut ten apples into bite-size pieces.  Place the apple in the large bowl with the oranges.

STEP 3: ADD Coconut, Chopped Pecans, Orange Juice and Sugar

Add coconut, chopped pecans, orange juice, and sugar.  The sugar will depend on the sweetness of your fruit.  If you have incredibly fresh fruit, you may not need as much sugar.  Mix everything and enjoy!

Serve Ambrosia

My favorite way to eat ambrosia is all by itself for breakfast, but most people eat it as a side dish/salad.

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What is in my Ambrosia?

This ambrosia is not full of jello, pudding, marshmallows, nor cherries.  The apples and oranges are fresh and truly the shining ingredients.  To make this ambrosia, you will simply need six simple ingredients including 10 oranges, 10 apples, coconut, pecans, orange juice, and a little sugar. I am going to teach you the easy steps to making this ambrosia salad in this blog post.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ambrosia, apples, Christmas, fruit salad, oranges
Calories: 2385kcal
Author: Diane Roark


  • 10 apples peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 10 oranges sectioned and  seeds removed
  • I use CUTIES because they are seedless. I cut them in half.
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of sugar


  • Mix everything together and refrigerate.


The key to making an ambrosia is fresh fruit


Calories: 2385kcal | Carbohydrates: 495g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 5180mg | Fiber: 84g | Sugar: 387g | Vitamin A: 4426IU | Vitamin C: 906mg | Calcium: 699mg | Iron: 6mg

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