Another holiday tradition! Ambrosia! And no, this isn’t the Ambrosia with the marshmallows and all that in it. This is just fruit, coconut, and cherries. My Aunt Dee used to serve this at Thanksgiving every year and then my Mom would make it too at Christmastime.

You really don’t need a recipe, it’s just sectioned oranges, basically, with a few other things added in. However you make it, you can certainly make it your own by adding another ingredient ie pineapple or Clementines. You really can’t go wrong!

Bon app├ętit!

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  • Author: Patti Peterson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads and Sides



  • 6 oranges
  • 1 can Mandarin oranges
  • 2 tangerines
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries; rinsed and dried, stems removed


  1. Using a sharp paring knife, remove the ends of the oranges. Set the oranges on one end and remove the peel by cutting between the peel and flesh, rotating the orange as the peel is removed.
  2. Then, working over a medium bowl, slice between the membranes to remove segments, allowing both the juice and the segments to fall into the bowl. Add the coconut and season with the sugar to taste. Stir to combine. Add cherries, toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for 1 to 2 hours. Serve.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 213
  • Sugar: 38g
  • Sodium: 1748.1mg
  • Fat: 3.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: .2g
  • Trans Fat: .1g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.1g
  • Fiber: 8.1g
  • Protein: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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