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Pistachio Fluff Salad

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!

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

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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 seriously 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!!

WHAT IS PISTACHIO SALAD?

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

If you’ve never had Pistachio Fluff Salad, you might still be wondering, “What is pistachio salad?”

Pistachio Fluff Salad is pistachio pudding mixed with crushed pineapple and Cool Whip. Mini marshmallows get folded in and it is garnished with maraschino cherries.

Like I said, some people like to fold chopped nuts in as well, but we stick with just the marshmallows in our family.
The result is light, fluffy, sweet and crave-worthy. This is a green food that everyone will want to eat!

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!

HOW TO MAKE PISTACHIO SALAD

With only 4 ingredients, Pistachio Fluff Salad is as easy to make as you’d expect.

In a large bowl, combine your two boxes of instant pistachio pudding mix with your can of crushed pineapple. Do not drain the pineapple. Mix this together with a wooden spoon until the pudding mix is blended with the juice from the pineapple.

Add in the Cool Whip and mini marshmallows.

If you want to add in some chopped walnuts or pecans (like in a Watergate salad), go ahead and do so now.

Cover the Pistachio Fluff Salad and refrigerate 4 hours, or overnight. Serve with maraschino cherries as a garnish. Or, if desired, add the cherries into the fluff right before serving. ENJOY.

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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Yield: serves 12

Pistachio Fluff Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes

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

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz each) JELL-O Instant Pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple
  • 16 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 bag (10 oz) mini marshmallows
  • maraschino cherries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix with crushed pineapple. Mix with a wooden spoon until pudding mix is blended with pineapple liquids.
  2. 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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

*Today’s recipe for Pistachio Fluff Salad was originally published on Shugary Sweets on May 7, 2015.

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. Everyone I’ve  known since the 1970s calls it Watergate Salad. My recipe calls for chopped toasted pecans or walnuts.

  2. It would not be a holiday in my family without, what my Grandma, Mom,  Aunts & Uncles call, Watergate Salad and what my kids call “green salad”  We do add the nuts (and no cherries).  I grew up in the midwest where this kind of thing is normal but moved to MA where it isn’t.  After many years living here my MA family is now requesting this ‘salad’ too!  

  3. I have made this for years. Its called ‘Watergate Salad’. I use Kraft’s pastel FunMallows instead of white. All the flavors mingled together makes this so delicious and a pretty party dish!

    1. Really this whole recipe is probably too much sugar for a diabetic. You might be better off looking at a lower sugar website 🙂

  4. Wow! I’m loving the color of this fluffy pistachio salad! I love the consistency of its thickness. It’s so fluffy and refreshing. I love it!

  5. My mother has made this for years but she’d put it in a ready made graham cracker pie crust (minus the marshmallows ) so good!

  6. This looks like the next dessert recipe that I will make all the time. So simple and delicious = )

  7. I remember this salad well from my pre-diabetic days. I now realize it’s not a salad at all but a dessert instead. It can be a silent killer for the diabetic.

    1. Well, I would hope a diabetic would know that pudding mix, cool whip and marshmallows are not part of their diet 😉

  8. We called it Watergate Salad and we add nuts to it. It’s so refreshing and great for a cook out.

  9. Oh my goodness!  I learned this in “Foods Class” in about 1982.  I loved it!  I will have to make this for my kids.  Thanks for posting!

  10. Can you believe that I’ve never made Fluff Salad before. I know, I know I am living in a vacuum. Hehe. So gonna make this when its hot outside. It looks like the perfect for this lazy days. PS have a wonderful vacay! Hope you great time and get to relax and be with the family!! Hugs! 

  11. I have never tried any kind of fluff or dump salad… so I haven’t been living yet! Ahh! This one is on my “to cook” list for sure!

  12. I must be living under a rock. I’ve never tried this! And I love pistachio pudding mix, and marshmallows, and so really, it’s time. This looks great!

  13. Best way to eat your greens right there 😉  I adore all the different fluff salads and have been having fun jazzing them up for different picnics!  But one of my favorites is the pistachio…I need to make that one again soon!!!

  14. When I was little I called it “green stuff”.  I just adored it and didn’t know what it was called.  I haven’t made it in years.  I have got to make it again very soon.  Yours looks so goergeous and tasty.

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