Heavenly ambrosia in a cloud and super creamy fruit salad are two fruit salad recipes that use Cool Whip. Both recipes are easy to make, and the heavenly ambrosia in a cloud recipe has numerous options for adjusting its flavor and presentation.
To make super creamy fruit salad, drain the juice from a 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks into a small bowl, and stir in a 3-ounce package of instant vanilla pudding. Set the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, add the can of pineapple chunks, a drained 15-ounce can of fruit cocktail and a drained 15-ounce can of mandarin oranges. Stir in 2 sliced bananas and 2 cups of miniature marshmallows. Gently fold in the pudding mixture and an 8-ounce container of thawed Cool Whip before covering the mixture and refrigerating it.
For ambrosia in a cloud, spread an 8-ounce container of thawed Cool Whip on the bottom and sides of a 2 1/2-quart serving bowl. In a separate bowl, combine two drained 11-ounce cans of mandarin oranges, a 20-ounce can of drained crushed pineapple, 3 cups of miniature marshmallows and 2 ounces of flaked coconut. Blend the fruit mixture before pouring it into the bowl with the whipped topping, and refrigerate it for one hour. Blend the Cool Whip and the fruit mixture for a traditional ambrosia, and if desired, add 1/4 cup of sliced almonds to the top before serving.