Oranges, pineapple, pecans, and coconut in a creamy dressing. Ambrosia salad is one of my absolute favorite holiday dishes. It brings back fond memories of holidays at my Paw-Paw’s.
Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Just barely able to see over the middle island, I distinctly remember this was the first holiday dish I ever got to help with. The old handwritten family recipe that inspired this post was a mixture of fruit tossed with a dressing of heavy whipping cream and homemade mayonnaise. Very decadent and rich for a side salad. Yes, Ambrosia Salad is traditionally served with the main meal but I think it would make a great dessert. Leftovers are perfect for breakfast. This recipe is quick and easy and would be a great dish to bring to any holiday meals.
There are many variations of Ambrosia Salad, but they all typically call for oranges, coconut, and heavy whipping cream. The more modern recipes often call for mini-marshmallows. Lightened Ambrosia Salad is a great place to start with making your holiday table a little bit healthier. By using siggi’s Icelandic style skyr, it replaces most of the heavy whipping cream, cutting back on the total fat and calories. Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland, it has been around for over 1,000 years! The skyr worked great in the Lightened Ambrosia Salad because it isn’t very sweet and has a thicker, creamier texture than Greek yogurt.
Siggi’s makes a tasty yogurt product using simple ingredients and just a little bit of sugar. Each serving is less than one carbohydrate choice! How much sugar does your favorite yogurt product contain? During one of my rotations we used empty yogurt containers to teach the diabetes class to read labels. People are always surprised when some yogurt products have as much as 37 grams of sugar per serving. Not the case with siggi’s – the vanilla comes in at 100 calories, 11 g carbohydrates, 9 g of sugar and a whopping 14 g of protein per serving! That’s right – siggi’s contains more protein than sugar per serving! I encourage you to check the label on your favorite yogurt product to see how it compares.
If you love Ambrosia Salad I highly encourage you to try this “lightened” holiday recipe, you won’t notice a difference, I promise!
- 1 medium Apple, diced
- 1 cup Green Seedless Grapes, halved
- 1 (20 oz.) can Pineapple Tidbits in juice, drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can Mandarin Orange Segments, drained
- ¼ cup Maraschino Cherries, drained and quartered
- ⅓ cup Pecan pieces
- ¼ cup Shredded Coconut
- 2 (5.3 oz.) containers siggi’s Vanilla or Coconut Icelandic Style Skyr
- ½ cup prepared Whipped Cream or Whipped Topping
- In large bowl combine apple through coconut. Gently toss until mixed.
- Stir in siggi’s skyr until fruit mixture is well coated.
- Gently fold in whipped cream or whipped topping.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Texans – I found siggi’s Icelandic style skyr at H-E-B!
Is Ambrosia Salad a part of your holiday meals?
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