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Mandarin Salad (Thanksgiving) October 23, 2010

Posted by andrewescott in Recipes.
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From what I can tell, the traditional American Thanksgiving may have a number of side dishes that would, in Australia, be considered dessert dishes. This is one of them, and is based on this recipe, but also appears to go under the names of Dream Salad or Ambrosia.

The first time I had this dish was when I was very young and someone brought it to an event at our house. I remember it slightly differently – instead of mini marshmallows, it had halved “normal” marshmallows, and it also had choc bits in it. Having made this recipe myself now, I’d probably drop the mandarins (unless you can find some really sweet ones), add choc bits, and definitely serve it as a dessert dish.


  • 500g mandarin segments (from approx. 4 medium mandarins)
  • 440g tin crushed pineapple
  • 300mL sour cream
  • 1 cup (250mL) shredded coconut (approx 50g)
  • 100g mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50g glace cherries


  1. De-pip the mandarin segments, and drain the tin of crushed pineapple.
  2. Mix the sour cream, coconut, marshmallows and vanilla together well, then gently fold in the fruit.
  3. Cover with cling film and rest in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.
  4. Scoop into a bowl for presentation and arrange cherries on top.


1. Thanksgiving « Melbourne Recipe Club - October 23, 2010

[…] thanksgiving spread consisted of a roast turkey (of course) cooked by Kate, stuffing by Andrew, a mandarin salad by Andrew, yam and marshmallow casserole by Pam, mashed potatoes by Pam, and succotash by Pam. […]

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