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a bowl of ambrosia salad

Healthy Ambrosia Salad


Description

This Healthy Ambrosia Salad recipe uses a delightful combination of fruit, nuts, and coconut cream. This healthy makeover dessert is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, with no added sugar.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup pineapple chunks or niblets, drained (you can use fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut, toasted (see notes for toasting directions)
  • 1 cup coconut cream, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pineapple, blueberries, banana, grapes, walnuts, and shredded coconut. Set the bowl aside.
  2. Then, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the coconut cream and vanilla extract. Use a hand mixer to beat the coconut cream with the vanilla until it has thickened a bit and is fluffy.
  3. Use a spatula to carefully fold the coconut cream mixture into the fruit salad. Stir until just combined.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. To toast the shredded coconut, place it in a dry skillet over low heat. Set a timer for 3 minutes and toss the coconut occasionally. Keep a close eye on the skillet to ensure that the coconut doesn’t burn. It will be a light tan color when it’s fully toasted.
  2. You can easily double this recipe if you need more servings.
  3. You can make this salad up to 24 hours in advance. Just cover the bowl tightly and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
  4. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  5. You can buy canned coconut cream or you can use the thickened portion of a can of chilled full-fat coconut milk. You will need a cup of chilled coconut cream for this recipe.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: ambrosia salad, healthy ambrosia salad, dairy-free ambrosia salad