The recipe for Paula Deen's ambrosia fruit salad contains roughly 100 calories per 100 gram portion if the optional extras, including bananas, pecans and sweetened coconut, are included. Without these highly calorific extras, the basic fruit salad has approximately 50 calories per 100 gram portion.
The calorie count of Paula Deen's ambrosia salad is an estimate taken by calculating a weighted average of the calorific values of the ingredients in it by proportion. A portion with more or less of a particular ingredient differs in terms of calorie count. The difference is more pronounced if more of the densely calorific ingredients, such as the pecans and coconut, are included.