A bowl of Old Fashioned Southern Ambrosia with orange segments and coconut
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Old Fashioned Southern Ambrosia

For many southerners, Ambrosia is a traditional Christmas dish and most can’t imagine the holidays without it. It's also perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast/Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: ambrosia recipes, holiday dessert recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 4 Navel oranges peeled and sectioned
  • 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish


  • Peel the oranges with a sharp paring knife. Make sure to remove all of the white pith. Next section the oranges, by placing the knife along the inside of the membrane of the orange for each section. Run the knife to the center of the orange and pop out the orange section. When you are sectioning the oranges, be sure to do this over a bowl to catch all of the juice.
  • Place the orange sections in the bowl with the juice from the oranges and mix in the powdered sugar. Place in a serving dish and top with the coconut and if desired a Maraschino cherry.




Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 104.8mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.2mg