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.