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Ambrosia Dessert

Ambrosia Dessert

Serves: 4

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6 oranges, preferably Temple
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut


Using a sharp paring knife, remove the ends of the oranges. Set the oranges on one end and remove the peel by cutting between the peel and flesh, rotating the orange as the peel is removed.

Then, working over a medium bowl, slice between the membranes to remove segments, allowing both the juice and the segments to fall into the bowl. Add the coconut and season with the sugar to taste. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for 1 to 2 hours. Serve.


Per serving: 140 calories (percent of calories from fat, 19), 2 grams protein, 29 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 3 grams fat (3 grams saturated), no cholesterol, 24 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

Ambrosia is a staple of many a Southern holiday table — often embellished with marshmallows, whipped topping, nuts, maraschino cherries and more. This version, created by Sallie Fannie Rowland Smith and tested by chef Virginia Willis, proves that simple is often best.

This recipe calls for 1 to 2 hours of chilling time.