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!!


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!


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!


  • 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


  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:



Serving Size:


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. Waldorf salad has apples, grapes, and mayonnaise. This is Watergate salad, named around the time of the Watergate scandal in Washington-whether it had any connection, I don’t know. We never added the nuts, as there are already pistachios in there. I swear this has been at every potluck dinner I’ve been to since 1975!

  2. It is called “Waldorf Salad” and the recipe is on the side of the Jello brand pistachio pudding box. It’s an old recipe but still a good one. You can also add nuts, flaked coconut or sprinkles to brighten it up.

  3. Is there anyway to use something more natural than Cool Whip. Could this be made with real whipped cream? I hate all the artificial ingredients and Cool Whip.

  4. I saw this on Pinterest and remember my mom making this when I was little, and so I  made it for my 5 kids. It was just as good as I remember it being and my kids loved it too! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :-))

  5. We make something similar but it is called Watergate Salad. 1 sm. container sm. curd cottage cheese, drained,
    1 box instant pistachio pudding,
    1 can crushed pineapple, drained, 1/2 bag (or more) miniature marshmallows,
    1 (9 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed

    Sprinkle the dry pudding mix over the cottage cheese in a large mixing bowl. Stir together, until the cottage cheese looks green. Drain the crushed a pineapple, a bit, and stir it into the pudding-cottage cheese mixture. Fold in the marshmallows, and last of all, gently fold in the Cool Whip.

    Refrigerate overnight. It is SO yummy!!

  6. I accidently got pineapple chunks instead of crushed pineapple, is the juice what really matters?? I don’t want to mess it up, doing it for mother’s day. Please help lol, thank you.

  7. I trippled the recipe because I’m making it for a large group. The only thing I did differently is only added 2 containers of cool whip to keep the color more green and it turned out great!

  8. I know this as Watergate Salad too. It’s at every potluck in the south. I’m in Georgia. I’m wondering what I can substitute for the pineapple w/juice? My boyfriend swears he’s had it without because he doesn’t like canned pineapple. Since you have to mix the pudding with the juice first I need something else. Learned the hard way that pudding and cool whip alone does not work. Any suggestions?

    1. I’ve heard of people making this with canned pie filling or canned mandarin oranges 🙂

  9. I’m wondering if you can make it with the more recent flavor of “watermelon jello?” And if so, could you add bits of watermelon ( squeezing out the excess watermelon liquid)?

  10. I’ve known it as Watergate salad. I’ve made it several times in the past and the nuts usually come from the pistachio pudding. (Hence the name pistachio) You can do a search for the name Watergate Salad and you’ll find information about some of the origins.

    There are also other variations with other pudding mixes and added fruits to make it into different types, e.g. Cherry Fluff. I urge everybody to play around with the puddings and fruits and come up with your own variations.

  11. Do you make the pist pudding according to the directions on the box and then mix it with the crushed pineapple or do you just put the pudding powder mixed with crushed pineapple 

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