Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Super Quick Ambrosia Salad

I'm making this for the picnic tomorrow, it's simple, it takes no time to prepare, and it's delicious!

2 pkg Pistachio instant pudding mix
2 reg size containers of whipped topping
1 small can of mandarin oranges (drained and patted dry)
1 bag of miniature marshmallows (white or colored)

Mix all of the whipped topping and all of the pudding mix together thoroughly. Add in as many marshmallows as you like, I prefer the whole bag. It makes the salad fluffier.

Save about 7 of the orange sections for garnish, and mix the remaining oranges carefully into the pudding mix. If your oranges seem to be too big you can cut them in half. Put the 7 oranges you saved on the very top in any pattern you wish, I usually do a circle and lay the sections all the same way.

I prefer to make this ahead of time so it gets nice and cold when you're ready to serve it. But you could also make it that day. As your making this the pudding will start to set up in the whipped topping making it a little harder to stir, and if you're like me a little messy.

There are also lots of variations you could make to this salad. Lots of people prefer shredded coconut in their ambrosia salad. You could also add any fruits, or even change the flavor of the pudding.

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