I love a good ambrosia salad.
It’s a light, refreshing treat that’s perfect for summertime picnics and potlucks.
But it can be a little tricky to figure out what to serve with it.
So, what can you serve with ambrosia salad?
The best sides to serve with ambrosia salad are fruit, nuts, and a simple dressing. A classic pairing is oranges, apples, and bananas. Add some walnuts to the mix and you’ve got a great combination of sweet and savory. If you’re worried about your waistline, go for a lighter dressing like orange juice or pineapple juice instead of syrup.
So, if you’re looking for some easy side dishes to go with that ambrosia salad, look no further!
I’ve got 14 delicious recipes that are quick and simple to make, so you can spend more time enjoying the company of your guests than fussing over the food.
Ready? Let’s get started!
14 Easy Side Dishes to Serve with Ambrosia Salad
Here are 14 easy side dishes that will complement your ambrosia salad perfectly:
1. Rice Pilaf
This one is super easy to make and can be done in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Use white rice and make sure it’s cooked until fluffy, then add butter and some seasonings like salt and pepper.
It’s a great way to add a little extra flavor to your meal without having to do any extra work!
2. Potato Salad
Potato salad is another great side dish that is quick to make and requires very little prep time.
Just boil some potatoes until they’re tender, then toss them in a bowl with mayonnaise, mustard, onion powder, celery seed powder (if desired), salt and pepper until everything is evenly distributed throughout the mixture before serving alongside your main dish!
Green bean casserole is one of my all-time favorite holiday dishes because it’s so delicious!
For this recipe, you’ll need canned green beans (drained), mushroom soup mix (dry), milk (regular or non-dairy) and french fried onions (optional).
- After mixing together all ingredients except for the fried onions, spread into a baking dish lined with foil paper or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Top with fried onions before serving if using them!
This one is also pretty easy!
Just boil up some elbow macaroni (or whatever kind you have on hand) until it’s cooked through but still firm enough for scooping up with a fork—that way it won’t fall apart when mixed with other ingredients such as diced tomatoes or cucumbers!
Then just add mayo and whatever else sounds good to you!
5. Baked Beans
This one is like an easy version of baked beans – all you have to do is mix together canned beans (white or kidney are both fine), barbecue sauce (your favorite brand), and brown sugar until everything’s coated evenly.
You can even add some diced onion if you want more flavor!
This one is super simple—just bake sweet potatoes for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then mix with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and butter until smooth.
Pour into an oven-safe dish and bake for another 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until bubbling hot all around.
Cut into squares while still warm and serve alongside your ambrosia salad!
Who doesn’t love potato chips?
But they can be hard to make at home without frying them in oil—which isn’t always healthy or practical for everyday meals like this one!
So I’ve found a solution for you: just bake them instead! Just slice up some potatoes into thin slices (like potato chips), spray with olive oil cooking spray, sprinkle with salt if desired and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes until crispy!
8. Fried Rice
Fried rice is another classic dish that goes well with almost anything!
You’ll need some oil, eggs, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper for this one.
Cook the rice first then add in all the other ingredients while stirring constantly until they’re evenly distributed throughout your fried rice dish!
The best thing about this dish is that you can serve it warm with butter or cold with honey—either way, it’ll taste great! Mix together all of your ingredients in a bowl and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
It will take longer if you’re making muffins instead of a loaf pan like I did here (so keep an eye on them!).
10. Mashed Potatoes
Here’s another classic side dish that goes great with almost anything—especially this delicious salad!
Just peel some potatoes, cut them into cubes, boil them until they’re soft enough to mash up with a fork, then add some butter and seasonings (like garlic powder).
Mash away until they’re smooth, then serve alongside your steaming bowl of ambrosia salad goodness!
This side dish is one of my personal favorites because it tastes so good with just about anything!
The key here is making sure that your green beans are fresh (not canned) and sauteeing them in olive oil until they’re crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside—then sprinkle them with slivers of almonds for extra crunch!
This one is something you’ll want to make ahead of time so that all of those flavors have time to blend together into a creamy, delicious treat!
All you need is olive oil, vinegar, cheese (your choice), tomato sauce, salt and pepper—and pasta!
It’s just as good served warm or cold so it will keep well in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it.
13. Broccoli Salad
This one takes a little bit longer than the other sides on this list, but it’s totally worth it!
To make broccoli salad, you’ll need fresh broccoli florets and shredded carrots; you can add in whatever else you want as well—maybe some walnuts?—but those are really all you need for this recipe.
Just toss your ingredients together with mayonnaise and seasonings (e.g., salt, pepper), then chill for at least an hour before serving.
14. Vegetable Medley
If you’re looking for something a little lighter for your side dish, this vegetable medley would be perfect!
All you have to do is chop up some vegetables like carrots, celery, bell peppers, tomatoes, onion—whatever you’ve got laying around!
Then sauté them in olive oil until they start turning golden brown. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper if you’d like!
Bonus points if you add some garlic powder or dried herbs like basil or oregano!
What to Serve with Ambrosia Salad (14 Dishes)
- Rice Pilaf
- Potato Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Macaroni Salad
- Baked Beans
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Baked Potato Chips
- Fried Rice
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans with Almonds
- Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Vegetable Medley
- Pick any side dish from this list to serve with your salad.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready to munch in no time!