In Greek mythology ambrosia may have been the "food of the gods", but here in the South we just think of it as something that was heaven-sent—or brought by our grandmother.
At its simplest, ambrosia is just fresh oranges and flakes of coconut. But that tradition is rare these days. Instead, ambrosia is the name attached to a wide variety of fruit-salad variations that now include everything from grapefruit and pineapple to grapes and bananas. But this innovation can actually be amazing. These new approaches have resulted in some incredible kitchen creations. Our Kitchen Express Ambrosia, for example, combines the simplicity of canned mandarin orange segments and a jar of pineapple chunks with grated coconut.
There are even twists on the signature tastes that result in amazing desserts like the Ambrosia Pudding Pie. There is even New Ambrosia that adds in celery, cucumber, and avocado before slipping in a seeded and minced jalapeño pepper for that added—and unexpected—hint of heat. So before you discount a great holiday side, consider serving this classic food. These recipes may show you some incredible ways to love Ambrosia.