The recipe for Paula Deen's ambrosia salad is available on Paula Deen's website. It is a fruit salad comprised of pineapples, oranges and grapefruits. The cook may also choose to include maraschino cherries, sweet coconut flakes, pecans and bananas.
To prepare Deen's ambrosia salad, the cook should remove the peel, pith, membranes and seeds from the oranges and grapefruits, keeping only the fleshy citrus sections in a large bowl. The cook then adds chopped fresh pineapple or canned pineapple chunks to the orange and grapefruit pieces, stirring them together. She covers the bowl and allows the ambrosia salad to chill in the refrigerator until it is time to serve the dish. Deen recommends serving the optional ingredients separately to keep the salad fresh and to allow others to personalize their individual servings according to their own preferences.