Sour Cream Salad – A Family Favorite

At each and every family gathering we had when I was a kid, this Sour Cream Salad was expected! It’s a version of the popular Ambrosia Salad, and it’s creamy texture and sweet fruits combined with crunchy walnuts are a match made in heaven!

Sour Cream Salad - A Family Favorite

My dad loved his sweets. This creamy fruit salad was one that his mom made for every family gathering until my mom took over. My kids have recently been introduced and they LOVE it.


Canned pineapple, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries and marshmallows in a creamy dressing of sour cream and cool whip. This salad is very similar to a traditional Ambrosia salad, except we don’t use coconut and add walnuts for crunch.



Doesn’t it look yummy? It’s the perfect dessert or side dish for your next summer picnic or BBQ gathering!



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Sour Cream Salad

A creamy fruit salad with cool whip and sour cream, marshmallows and chunks of fruit.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 236kcal


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup defrosted cool whip
  • 15 ounce can mandarin oranges drained
  • 15 ounce can pineapple chunks drained
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 12 ounce jar maraschino cherries drained and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • Mix sour cream and cool whip in a large bowl until creamy and smooth.
  • Add fruits, marshmallows and nuts and fold together until mixture is combined.


Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 40mgPotassium: 214mgFiber: 3gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 939IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg
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    1. You can make it the night before. Just make sure to drain the fruit REALLY well, otherwise it will get watery.

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