Grapefruit Ambrosia Recipe


An ambrosia is considered a type of fruit salad, usually with mixed fruits.   What make this Grapefruit Ambrosia Recipe unusual is that it is made with grapefruit.  Great for a brunch entree or a light dessert.  Now the quest is – is ambrosia a salad or a dessert?  This ambrosia recipe contains grapefruit, so it may be a salad.  The recipe also contain sugar and a liqueur, so it also sounds like a dessert.  You be the judge!

In the Southern states, ambrosia is often associated with holiday potlucks, especially during the Christmas season.  But what is certain, an ambrosia salad absolutely must include coconut.

Grapefruit Ambrosia


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Grapefruit Ambrosia Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Grapefruit Ambrosia Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  • 5 pounds grapefruit, preferably half pink and half red (5 large, 6 medium, or 7 to 8 small)
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut, flaked
  • 2 tablespoons Campari*
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (granulated)
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup salted pistachios, shelled, toasted and coarsely chopped
  1. Cut peel including all white pith from each fruit with a sharp paring knife.  Cut each segment from each fruit free from membranes.  Halve grapefruit segments crosswise and transfer pieces to a bowl.

  2. Stir in coconut, Campari, sugar, and just a pinch of salt.  Refrigerate, covered, at least 15 minutes or up to 4 hours.

  3. Just before serving, stir in nuts.

  4. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Notes

* Campari is a bitter Italian aperitif made according to a secret recipe originally developed in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Milan.  It is a bright pale cherry-pink color.

Source:  This Grapefruit Ambrosia Recipe and photo are from Gourmet Magazine, February 2002.



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