Ambrosia salad is a dessert that is associated with the southern United States and dates back to the latter part of 19th century. However, this dessert became more well-known in the 20th century. Although there are many recipes that use different ingredients to make this dish, early cookbooks stated that this dessert had ingredients such as grated coconut, oranges and sugar.
Today, ambrosia salad can include mandarin oranges, coconut, sugar, whipped cream and marshmallows. Similarly, many other fruits may be incorporated into this concoction.
The origin of the word "ambrosia' in the dessert name may refer to the fact that it is a sweet-smelling dish or a reference to the food of the gods. The word "ambrosia" come from Greek and is associated with the food of the gods in Greek mythology. According to mythology, nectar and ambrosia gave the Greek gods their immortality.