If you want the offerings on your Thanksgiving table to be heavenly, lay off the ambrosia salad. Known as the "food of the gods," this fruit salad started appearing in cookbooks in the late 1800s. Originally, ambrosia was made from oranges, sugar and coconut; however, as time passed, the recipe devolved into a dish that isn't fit for any of your Thanksgiving guests, much less a deity.
Today's version of ambrosia still contains oranges and coconut, but it also usually includes marshmallows and mayonnaise or sour cream, and sometimes even whipped topping or gelatin. That's right. Fruit and mayonnaise. Together. This combination isn't nearly as successful as turkey and stuffing or mashed potatoes and gravy and should just be forgotten.