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 family and I enjoy this recipe so much. It is simple enough that kids are able to follow the instructions and prepare a great dish!

  2. I made this and it was not good. People took a bit out of curiosity, but it basics all got thrown out on Thanksgiving. The artificially sweet pistachio pudding taste was overwhelming, but I just read a bunch of other blogs saying it’s only supposed to be one box of pudding. Wondering if that would be more successful.

    1. I only use one box, not a whole bag of marshmallows, small can pineapple crushed, and cool whip to the desired mixture I like. The marshmallows should not overwhelm the dish, so put how many you like. It is quite delicious if you put the amount of ingredients you like, which is the case in all recipes.

    1. I usually use only one box of pudding and usually no marshmallows. Using more or less Cool Whip would also be an easy fix. Have made it for many years … also known as Watergate Salad.

    2. Save the juice from the pineapple. You can use it to mix in to get the creamy texture desired . Add slowly and fold in.

    1. It’s very sweet, and can go a long way! I bring it to large potlucks so it’s hard to tell for sure, but minimum I would say 12 (most likely though you can double that number)!

  3. 5 stars
    It’s a awesome a dessert. If you like pistachio pudding you’ll love this pistachio dessert. It’s delicious. It’s a great choice for a party.

  4. We make this for every holiday meal. In our family it is a tradition to eat it as a side not dessert. My friends think I’m crazy.

    1. Yes, I have added 8 oz. of cream cheese to help cut down the sweetness, OR, I have also added 8 oz. of cottage cheese for the same purpose as cutting down the sweetness.

    1. I read a post where someone used cheesecake pudding with strawberries. Said it was delicious.

  5. We called it pistachio salad and it’s definitely a tradition! But I never put the marshmallows in it until right before I serve it! I can’t handle soggy marshmallows! ??‍♀️ For all the other texture eaters out there, you’re welcome !?

  6. I made the “green stuff” my nephew calls it for years. I use the pudding, cool whip, crushed pineapple and juice and drain fruit cocktail. I saw a suggestion using colored miniature marshmallows7 instead of white…that looks interesting.

  7. I love this…we always called it Ambrosia, and add shredded coconut, as well. With or without the nuts.

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