Vegan MoFo 2017 – Day 8: You Do Make Friends With Salad Part 2

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

A classic of French cuisine, fresh tropical fruits, candied cherries, meringue pieces, lightly napped in crème fraiche dressing…Nope! This is as American as apple pie and diabetes!  Ambrosia salad, born in the late 18th century and keeping people on a sugar rush ever since. Now that mini Dandy’s marshmallows are available, vegans can enjoy this once forbidden treat. The only departure we make from the original is in forgoing the Maraschino cherries, which are mostly coloured with carmine (insect-based food colouring). We’re better for it, because marinated Bing cherries in syrup are both cheaper and better tasting. Get your can openers ready, folks we’re going to party like it’s 1959!

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits, juice drained and saved for another purpose
  • 1 can mandarin orange segments
  • ½ can Bing cherries in syrup
  • ½ cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup Dandy’s Mini Marshmallows
  • ¼ cup Tofutti Sour Cream
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk (full fat, of course)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ideally from a bottle, made from concentrate, as far from a real fruit as possible.
  1. Make the dressing by mixing together the Sour Cream, Coconut milk and lemon juice
  2. Drain all of the fruits well, then combine in a bowl
  3. Stir in the coconut and marshmallows
  4. Fold in the dressing

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    October 9, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Ha, now this is a proper salad!

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      Two Happy Rabbits
      October 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Jenny!

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    October 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see this as the standard vegan offering when you read “salad” rather than a few sad iceberg lettuce leaves? 😀

    • Reply
      Two Happy Rabbits
      October 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks, Emma. I’m always amazed at how few restaurants try to offer an interesting salad.

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    October 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Ha! Love it. I grew up with ambrosia at every major holiday. So wonderful and so disgusting.

    • Reply
      Two Happy Rabbits
      October 12, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      I agree 100%, Kelly!

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