I remember ambrosia being on every buffet, when I was a kid. it felt like such a decadent indulgence then. Ask got older ambrosia fell out of fashion. maybe because we are all so much more health conscious than we were then, I recently saw an instagram post with someone making an ambrosia recipe I decided it was time to update this classic southern dish for my California lifestyle.
I took all the typical ingredients and used their fresher counter parts. For canned mandarin oranges, I used fresh clementines. Instead of canned pineapple, I used fresh. The maraschino cherries were a hard no for me, but I wanted that sweetness. I landed on the Italian cherries that are often used in cocktails. They aren’t necessarily “better” but I’m more comfortable with cherries that aren’t bleached then re-colored. Yuck!
From there, I exchanged the sour cream for vanilla greek yogurt and add just a few marshmallows for that mouth feel.
I hope you enjoy this version as much as I do. Let me know!