Ambrosia is a type of fruit salad where mixed fruits are served with whipped cream (or whipped topping), sour cream, or yogurt. Fruit salad also called Macedonia on the other hand is a similar dish but instead of a creamy dressing it is served with fruit juices or light syrup.

Believe it or not this is a popular dessert in the Philippines even we don’t usually grow fruits like apples, grapes and peaches but due to the Americans canned fruit salad this was been a part of our diets since the 1950’s. We have several versions of this dessert and the most popular one is the buko salad where fruit cocktails are mixed with coconut, condensed milk and cream, another version is the ambrosia where we use fruit cocktails (pineapples, pears, apples, peaches and grapes) and like buko salad it is served with condensed milk and cream and finally we have the tropical fruit cocktail variation where tropical fruits are used such as papaya, bananas and pineapples.

A really simple dessert but for this post we will be using fresh fruits done in the Filipino way where it will be served with condensed milk and cream. How about you do you have variations of this classic?

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  • 2 red apples, cubed
  • ½ pineapple, cubed
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 2 nectarines, sliced
  • 300g seedless green grapes, cut in half
  • cheries, for topping
  • ¾ cup condensed milk
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  1. In a large bowl mix together condensed milk and whipped cream.
  2. Toss in all the fruits, chill then serve.



20 Responses

  1. What a lovely idea – will keep this in mind for when summer rolls around.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Judy says:

    This makes me long for summer fruit! It is a simple dessert, I usually use whipped cream or yogurt, but I can see how the condensed milk and cream would make it more luxurious.

  3. You know, I’ve heard of ambrosia but never had it. Looks simple enough to put it together!

  4. Tessa says:

    Lovely! I am so glad that you omitted the canned fruit. Fresh fruit tastes so much better! This is a dish similar to a side dish or dessert that we see at an American Thanksgiving dinner.

  5. I love all the ingredients that you have in there. It is really very similar to our Fruit Salad – Delicious!

  6. Kristy says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever had this type of fruit salad before – looks great and refreshing!

  7. Delicious! Light and simple after any meaty feast. I like the sound of the coconut and condensed milk version!

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Fruits and condense milk? YUM! I think I’ve tried something like this before but forgot if it was in Japan or over here… perfect summer dish!

  9. Guia Obsum says:

    I love fruit salad! I like it better without the coconut, ahh so it’s called ambrosia, learned something new today. 🙂

  10. mjskit says:

    Growing up in the deep south USA, ambrosia was sliced bananas and oranges with some sugar. Nothing exciting, but pretty tasty. I love your style of ambrosia! Crunchy textures and what a sauce! Love it!

  11. samthebear says:

    It reminds me so much of childhood! It’s been far too long since I’ve had this! My aunt used to make this on occasion when we went around to her place!

  12. The condensed milk would be yummy with fruit!

  13. This is very simple dish to prepare, which will be liked by all kids and children. This dish can be presented very chill by way of refrigerator and add some fresh cream to it.

  14. Maria says:

    I remember my mom making this with the sweetened condensed milk plus sour cream, then the cut up fruit! Brings back lots of memories…

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