Monday, March 25

For your holiday meal: Simple holiday salad

Can you believe that Easter is next Sunday?  This important date really sneaked up on me this year!

If you're like me, planning for a holiday includes planning a special meal.  I like super-easy side dish recipes that taste wonderful but don't require a lot of time to prepare.  This salad definitely fits the bill!

My mom always called this dish "Five Cup Salad."  Some of my guests over the years have called it ambrosia.  A sweet little girl who shares many of our holiday meals calls it "Marshmallow Salad."  Whatever it's called, it's the easiest side-dish recipe I know.  I make it for every holiday meal, so I'm calling it "Holiday Salad."

Holiday Salad

1 cup pineapple tidbits (small can, drained)
1 cup mandarin orange slices (small can, drained)
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut (I use Baker's Angel Flake)
8 ounces sour cream
Stir ingredients together.  Chill and serve.
It doesn't get much simpler than that--and the results are absolutely delicious!

Is there a dish you make for every holiday meal?  Please share!



  1. I grew up eating this very same salad at every holiday meal. I still make it and everyone always loves it.

  2. I have never made this myself, but it has certainly been served on many dinner tables around here! Yum!

  3. It's my favorite! We call it ambrosia but make it with cool whip instead of sour cream and add cherries too. I use the different holiday marshmallow shapes to make it more fun. Yum!

  4. Oh- I think my grandkids would LOVE this-Thanks!!!! xo Diana

  5. Looks delicious… looking forward to try this as soon as possible.

  6. I'm always looking for new recipes to add to the holiday table. Thanks so much!

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  8. This is a favorite of ours and I make it all year long! Yummy!

  9. Oh, I love this! My mom made this every Thanksgiving when I was growing up. We called it "orange salad." :) She also made a version with pistachio pudding. It was called "green salad." Ha! We're obviously a very creative family. :)

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  12. I haven't made this in many years, but it was always a much-loved family favorite when our children were little. Too much sugar now for us "oldsters!"

  13. My Grandma makes this for every holiday! So good...and even better as leftovers the next day. :)


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