In the southern United States, many families consider ambrosia an important part of the holiday menu. Classic southern ambrosia contains oranges, pineapple and coconut and the flavors are allowed to meld prior to serving. In other areas of the country, cooks have adapted the classic recipe by adding marshmallows, whipped cream and other ingredients. For a modern twist on this beloved classic salad, add fresh-picked apples from the home orchard.
Peel the oranges, removing all white parts. Slice them over a bowl to retain the juices. Remove all seeds and place the orange slices in the bowl. Add the canned pineapple with juice and the coconut and toss lightly. Cover and refrigerate for up to two days.
Peel and core the apples. Cut them into cubes and place them in a bowl. Pour the fresh lemon juice over them. This will keep them from turning brown.
Slice the banana and add it and the apples and lemon juice to the oranges. Toss lightly and pour the ambrosia into a serving bowl.