Icebox Ambrosia Salad

About this Recipe

We stumbled upon the creation of this easy dessert recipe by complete happenstance. When you are in the kitchen as much as we are in Grandmother’s Kitchen, sometimes you simply cannot eat all of the dessert that is made! We know, what a terrible problem to have. We love treats but we also love to feel energetic and so find that dessert is moderation is key in our own lives. This leads us to testing the freezing of many fun desserts that we make to see what happens. We have found many times that the frozen version is sometimes even better than the original!

Grandmother’s TIPS for Icebox Ambrosia Salad:

1. Use parchment paper to line the Tupperware that you freeze this fun dessert in so that it is easy to remove for serving.

2. Money saving tip: Parchment paper can easily be washed and re-used a few times before you need to dispose of it. Just gently wash by hand and let dry in a dish rack before folding and placing back into your drawer.

3. When serving the Icebox Ambrosia Salad, take out if the freezer and place onto a serving platter just 5 minutes before serving so that it is still frozen but easy to bite into.

4. Sometimes the original version such as Grandmother's Kitchen delicious Ambrosia Salad Recipe is great on a cool day, and the Icebox Ambrosia Salad recipe is such a treat on a hot summer day or made for those desserts loves who love ice cream desserts.

Freezing your food is a great way to keep mold from growing on it, which is why it’s nice to make frozen desserts, especially if you don’t plan on eating them right away. Learning more about what kills mold can help you avoid it in your food and home, keeping you safe from the dangers of mold. Subzero temperatures are too cold for mold to grow in, which is why making a frozen dessert can be great. It will last a long time in the freezer too, meaning you’ll always have a tasty treat to indulge in moderately when the mood strikes.



Makes: 16 slices-9x9 baking dish

2 cups whipped cream ( you will need 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)

1 small red apple washed, sliced thin and cut into smaller pieces, we used Gala

1 (398ml) can crushed or diced pineapple, we used Dole crushed pineapple packed in its own juices, strained

1 (298ml) can Mandarin orange slices, we used Native Forest organic packed in its own juices strained

Tip: Save the juice from the can for smoothies or a yummy drink.

1 cup fresh seedless green grapes, washed and sliced in half

1 cup fresh seedless red grapes, washed and sliced in half

1 cup mini marshmallows, we used Dandies brand , non GMO natural ingredients

1 cup shredded coconut, we used organic non sweetened long shred coconut

1/4 cup natural plain yogurt, we used Tree Island, natural non-sweetened organic

1/2 cup cherries, we used frozen fresh organic cherries


If you have not already, follow the instructions for Grandmother's Kitchen delicious Ambrosia Salad Recipe.

1. To freeze: Line a plastic container that has a fitted lid with parchment paper.

2. Scoop the ambrosia salad into the container and make the top smooth.

3. Put lid onto the container and freeze.

4. To serve, remove from container, because you have lined with parchment paper it will come out easily one it has defrosted for a few minutes.

5. Slice into pieces. This makes a delicious treat for your freezer.

This frozen version of Ambrosia Salad allows you to make ahead a truly delightful dessert that you can cut into thin slices and it compliments most any meal.


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Ambrosia Salad is one of the easy and fun desserts that most of us grew up with. It's the type of dessert recipe your Grandmother or Mother would probably make and bring to a big family dinner, or that someone would inevitably bring to a potluck or a community gathering. People love this dessert recipe because it's a light, fluffy and fun dessert recipe option that isn't as rich as some desserts like chocolate cake for example. Plus, it's one of the easy desserts you can make that doesn't require an oven or any baking time, just some time in the fridge to set.

The word ambrosia means fragrant or delicious and it was also deemed to be a fruit of the Gods in ancient Greece. It's even mentioned in Homer’s Iliad where it's said that the gods bathed in ambrosia to make themselves smell pleasant. Even though we enjoy it today without repercussion, it was also said that if regular people ate ambrosia they would be punished. Thank goodness that's not the case now, and since the 1800s, people have enjoyed ambrosia salad and the recipes for this no bake treat have changed and evolved over time.

Your family may even have their own variation of the easy dessert recipe. You can even make your own variation of the recipe by using different ingredients that suit your own taste buds or nutritional needs. For example, if you or someone in your family is lactose intolerant, you can substitute the whipped topping for some coconut whip topping that doesn't have milk ingredients in it.

Cleaning out your fridge and freezer is a big part of keeping your kitchen cleaner than ever. You can use simple natural kitchen cleaners like vinegar and baking soda to give your fridge a deep clean and to remove any bacteria from it. The first step is to remove everything from your freezer and fridge and keep it in a cooler if need be while you clean. Then, use some natural kitchen cleaners to spray down the inside of the fridge and freezer. The best cleaning products for kitchen cleaning include white distilled vinegar and lemon juice which you can use together in a spray.

To make your own kitchen cleaner spray mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and add in a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice or about 5 drops or so of lemon essential oil into the mix and shake it up. Then simply spray and wipe away with a clean cloth until you remove all of the grime and dust. Make sure you also dry your fridge and freezer before you put all of the stuff back too.

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