It shouldn’t have to be tooth-achingly sweet and gloppy. Our game plan? Eliminate those defects without straying too far from the familiar.
Why This Recipe Works
Ambrosia used to be a fresh fruit salad, but these days, most versions involve opening cans and jars. To get our ambrosia closer to its roots, we overhauled the ingredient list, ousting Cool Whip, marshmallows, maraschino cherries, and Jell-O. Next, we replaced canned fruit with fresh: Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit segments are macerated for 30 minutes to remove excess liquid (and avoid a runny ambrosia); folded with sweet, toasted coconut; and dressed with a fluffy, tangy, vanilla-laced mixture of sour cream and whipped cream.