Pistachio Fluff Salad

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Easy, 4 ingredient Pistachio Fluff Salad, also known simply as Pistachio Salad! Best served with friends and family, this recipe makes a great potluck dish!

Love easy desserts? Our Ambrosia Salad could easily be a side dish too. Or try our cranberry fluff salad!

Easy, four ingredient, Pistachio Fluff Salad. Perfect for potlucks and bbq's!

Why this Pistachio Salad is Best

You are living in a vacuum my friends, if you haven’t yet tried this Pistachio Fluff Salad.

Some people call it simply Pistachio Salad, Pistachio Dump Salad, Pistachio Pudding Salad or Watergate Salad. Or Green Fluff. Or just the Green Goop.

Whatever you call it, it’s a huge hit at all our family holiday parties and potlucks.

Pistachio Fluff Salad is only 4 ingredients (5 if you count the cherries on top)! I know many people add extra nuts to theirs, but not us. Occasionally I’ll swap out the mini white marshmallows and use the fruity, colored mini marshmallows instead.

Any party is a great time to whip up a batch of this pistachio salad. I know I keep calling this a salad when it clearly is more like a dessert. But after all, Mom always said to eat your greens, haha!!

Change things up and try our lemon fluff next!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make pistachio fluff salad.

Easy as 1,2,3. And four if you’re counting ingredients!

  • Crushed Pineapple- you’ll need a can of this, with the juices (do not drain). Fresh pineapple is not the same here.
  • Pistachio Pudding Mix- two of the small boxes of instant pudding mix are perfect.
  • Cool Whip- you don’t want to use homemade whipped cream here, as it will tend to get too weepy. However, if you don’t want to use Cool Whip, try our stabilized whipped cream instead.
  • Marshmallows- these create the perfect texture. Whether you use plain mini marshmallow, or toss in the fruity colored marshmallows, either are delicious.

The hardest part of this Pistachio Fluff Salad recipe is giving everything time to mingle. Allowing it to thicken up. You can make it the night before, or whip it up at least 4 hours in advance, making it perfect for holiday gatherings.

If you don’t want to put the cherries on top, you can toss them into the mix. This also makes a beautiful Christmas side dish or dessert with the red cherries and green pudding mixture!

So, tell me, have you eaten pistachio salad before? Do you love it as much as I do?

Looking to use pudding mix in more recipes? Adding a box of pudding to cookies creates the most amazing, soft and chewy, Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies.

Easy, four ingredient, Pistachio Fluff Salad. Perfect for potlucks and bbq's!

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4.55 from 182 votes
By: Aimee
Easy, 4 ingredient, Pistachio Fluff Salad recipe! Best served with friends and family, makes a great potluck dish!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 2 boxes JELL-O Instant Pistachio pudding mix 3.4 ounce each
  • 1 can crushed pineapple 20 ounce
  • 16 ounce Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows 10 ounce
  • maraschino cherries for garnish
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  • In a large bowl, combine pudding mix with crushed pineapple. Mix with a wooden spoon until pudding mix is blended with pineapple liquids.
  • Add in Cool Whip and mini marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, or overnight. Serve with maraschino cherries as a garnish. Or, if desired, add cherries to fluff right before serving. ENJOY.


  • Swap out the cool whip for our homemade stabilized whipped cream instead.
  • Store salad in refrigerator for up to 3 days for best results.



Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 23mg, Sugar: 12g
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
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Easy, 4 ingredient Pistachio Fluff Salad, also known simply as Pistachio Salad! Best served with friends and family, this recipe makes a great potluck dish!

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Posted on May 27, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. My marshmallows become hard before I use them….any way to soften and still use?
    I love this salad!!

  2. 5 stars
    Been making this for some 30 plus years. I only put in about 2 cups of marshmallows and I drain some of the juices out of the pineapple. I usually add another 8 oz drained pineapple tidbits. Sometimes I add extra nuts with whatever I have on hand. You can easily adjust the ingredients to your liking

  3. 5 stars
    Never in a million years would I have thought to combine pistachio pudding and pineapple. I made my first fluff desert about two weeks ago and was scouring the internet for other fluff deserts to try. I’m so glad I landed on this one. I halved the recipe because there is only two of us, but this is most definitely going in my “bring to potlucks” folder on Pinterest.

  4. I have made pistachio salad many times with the same recipe except using only one box of pistachio pudding. Always delicious! Can you explain the difference in using two boxes of pudding? Thank you!

    1. Yes, people couldn’t get the 8oz container of crushed pineapple! So they doubled every thing else. I just measure out 8 oz and use 1 box.

  5. Omg… too much fluff, not enough pistachio. I tried making this and it’s almost purely marshmallows. Yes, I followed the recipe. It says “1 bag of mini marshmallows.” Guess what I put in? 1 bag of mini marshmallows!

    1. I am looking for the simple jello salad that starts w/ crushed pineapple (w/juice?), a box of jello and ends with a container of kool whip. Does it also contain cottage cheese?

      1. Velma, years ago I got this recipe at Weight Watchers. We didn’t use marshmallows or cherries. Just used cottage cheese (according to your like) and way less Cool Whip. I used the small curd so the kids didn’t see it & never knew it had cottage cheese.

      2. You can also process the cottage cheese in a food processor. It becomes a beautiful creamy texture. It also whips to 3 or 4 times the volume. It’s amazing!

      3. Yes Velma it is cottage cheese. I usually use lime jello with pineapple, or I’ve also used strawberry jello with drained fruit cocktail and I’ve used orange jello with drained mandarin oranges. And then add your container of cottage cheese and cool whip. It is so good!!!!!

        1. 5 stars
          I love all things jello! Of late, some people have chosen to look down on jello, but they don’t realize it’s aristocratic legacy in that only the wealthy could afford gelatin when it was first used.
          It is wonderful as a palate cleanser during the meal, and a light, fun dessert.
          Thank you for the recipe!

    2. Marshmallows not a must, you may have to drain some liquid from pineapple, though. I always make without marshmallow and add can of fruit cocktail

  6. I also have grandchildren with nuts and other allergies . I used Vanilla Pudding and it came out delicious.

  7. I have made this for years but now I have grandchildren with nut allergies. Has anyone tried this with a different flavor pudding?

  8. 5 stars
    I love this and most people will – but I must be allergic to the nuts or maybe it’s too acidic. The inside of my mouth burns after a few bites. Wish I could eat the whole bowl though! It’s delicious.

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