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Retro Pistachio Cool Whip Salad

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With all this great summer weather we’re having, we have regularly been getting together with friends for cook-outs and picnics. I love it! Squealing kids cavort under the shade trees, giving the adults opportunity for conversation without too many interruptions. Everybody brings a dish or two to share so the onus of fixing for a group is no big deal. Good friends, good food, laughter and summer—does it get any better than this?

Pistachio Cool Whip Salad

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One of the dishes I like to take is a crowd pleaser and it is super easy to make: Pistachio Salad.

Pistachio Pudding Cool Whip Salad with Pineapple

It’s shown up at quite a few family get-togethers lately too, since it is a favorite of my boys.

Pineapple Cool Whip Salad

This is a recipe I got from my grandma, my Nannie. She is a very good cook but sometimes she pulls out something quick and easy to make. This salad is that.

Easy Cool Whip Salad

My dad always laughs and says it is really more like a dessert but he doesn’t feel guilty eating it since it’s called a salad. And he always asks for seconds!

Retro Salad Recipe

So if you have family reunions this summer or friendly get togethers in your future, remember this sweet and easy salad idea. It’ll only take you moments to prepare, it looks pretty, it transports easily and it’s delicious!

Pistachio Pudding Salad

Old Fashioned Pistachio Pudding Salad


Pistachio Salad


  • 2 small boxes of pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 12 ounces whipped topping
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • chopped pistachios and maraschino cherries for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, mix pineapple and pudding mix until mix has completely dissolved and the pineapple is thick.
  2. Stir in coconut and whipped topping.
  3. Transfer to serving bowl and top with chopped pistachios and cherries.


  • Calories: 1941
  • Sugar: 200
  • Sodium: 1387
  • Fat: 100
  • Saturated Fat: 70
  • Unsaturated Fat: 27
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 253
  • Protein: 14
  • Cholesterol: 259

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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.