There are a lot of nostalgic hot dishes, casseroles and salads that I grew up eating that are delicious but not so good for you. One of the dishes I love is ambrosia fruit salad which usually consists of canned fruits, whipped topping (not even real whipped cream) and coconut. While fruit is healthy, traditional ambrosia fruit salad is not the healthiest way to consume fruit. If you’re like me though a family gathering just doesn’t seem the same without it. Here’s a recipe that substitutes the not so healthy ingredients for much better-for-you options (keeping the marshmallows though). This is a Greek yogurt ambrosia salad with all the nostalgia and less of the guilt.
Here’s what you need:
½ package Golden Fruit Blend (thawed)
1 can Mandarin oranges
1 c. Plain Greek yogurt
2 c. fruit flavored miniature marshmallows
1 c. Dark sweet cherries (thawed)
2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
½ c pecans chopped
Make sure all the fruit is thawed and drained. Miss all ingredients except pecans in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with pecans just before serving. You can also toast the pecans in a dry sauté pan over medium high heat for 4-6 minutes stirring constantly to prevent burning.