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!

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 functions 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.

Summer 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!!

Seriously though, with summer just around the corner, and potlucks, graduations, and BBQs looming, this Pistachio Fluff Salad is the answer to, “What should I bring?” (my bruschetta recipe is also a delicious summer snack)!

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

WHAT IS PISTACHIO SALAD?

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!

Love this easy recipe? Here are a few other delicious ideas:

Cherry Dump Salad

Cherry Dump Salad: much like today’s recipe this one calls for cherry pie filling!

cranberry-salad

 Frozen Cranberry Salad: I love making this a few days ahead of time for a family party. Delicious and easy!

taffy apple salad

Taffy Apple Salad: this easy dish tastes just like a taffy apple, but since we call it salad, it’s good for you. Right?

Love today’s Watergate Salad recipe? Here are a few delicious recipes from my friends:

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Pistachio Fluff Salad:

 

Yield: serves 12

Pistachio Fluff Salad

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.

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 and has been republished in May 2018

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