Ambrosia Salad was a staple at gatherings throughout my years in the South. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s a fruit salad made with pineapple, oranges, cherries, and coconut. There are usually some marshmallows tossed in there, too. And it’s usually held together with whipped cream or sour cream.
To be honest, it was never a favorite of mine. I liked all the fruit and coconut, but I didn’t much care for the rest. But when I happened to find a recipe for Ambrosia Muffins, I got really excited. These fantastic muffins are packed with pineapple, dried cherries, lots of orange zest, and plenty of coconut.
You may look at the ingredient list and think there’s way too much going on in these muffins. But I assure you it all works quite harmoniously, from the big coconut flavor to the tart cherries to the wonderful bite of orange zest.
The texture is pretty amazing, too. They’re delightfully soft and moist. And for a little contrast to that, the topping offers a bit of crunch with its toasted nuts and coconut. It’s quite a perfect little package!