Table of Contents
Fluffy and sweet, this pistachio salad is always a crowd-pleaser and it’s crazy simple to make. Creamy pudding is blended with whipped cream, pineapple and crunchy coconut to make a dessert salad with hints of tropical flavors.
PISTACHIO SALAD INGREDIENTS
- 2 small boxes of instant pistachio pudding mix
- 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple
- 12 ounces Cool Whip whipped topping
- 1 cup of shredded coconut
- Chopped pistachios and maraschino cherries for garnish
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
MIX-INS: Sometimes I like to add mini marshmallows into my pistachio pudding salad as well. You can also add mandarin oranges to the fruit mix.
NUTS: If your family doesn’t like the pistachio nuts, they can be left off. You could also replace them with walnuts, slivered almonds or another nut depending on your preference.
WHIPPED TOPPING: If you would prefer to use homemade whipped cream in this easy fruit salad, check out our recipe here.
FRUIT: If you prefer, you could add a can of fruit cocktail for a different variety of fruit in your salad.
MARSHMALLOWS: You can choose to use white miniature marshmallows or, make your salad extra fun with rainbow mini marshmallows.
CREAM CHEESE: For a thicker dressing, you could mix in cream cheese with the cool whip.
HOW TO MAKE THIS PISTACHIO SALAD RECIPE
STEP ONE: In a large mixing bowl, mix pineapple and instant pudding mix until the mix has completely dissolved and the pineapple is thick.
You can use the pineapple juice to dissolve the pudding mix.
STEP TWO: Stir in coconut and whipped topping with the pudding mixture.
Stir all of the ingredients together carefully as you don’t want to break apart the pineapple pieces.
STEP THREE: Transfer to serving bowl and top with chopped pistachios and cherries.
If you have the time, allow this pistachio fruit salad to chill for several hours in the fridge. This will allow the flavors to mingle together in your salad.
HOW TO SERVE
Serve green fluff salad as a side dish or for a creamy dessert. Part of the appeal of this fun dessert is the bright green color. Whip up this easy recipe for St. Patrick’s day or during the holiday season for a festive treat. What about renaming it for Halloween as a Frankenstein salad? Kids would love the bright colors!
IN THE FRIDGE: If you don’t eat all the creamy fruit salad in one serving, just scoop into an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It’ll last for a few days.
IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this easy dessert. Neither the marshmallows nor the creamy dressing will do very well in the freezer.
Just a few simple ingredients and you can whip up this pistachio fluff salad in a flash. It’ll only take you moments to prepare, it looks pretty, it transports easily and it’s delicious!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This simple salad could be frozen but note that the texture of the marshmallows will likely change once thawed.
It is actually best to make this vintage recipe ahead of time. It gives the salad time to let all the flavors mingle and combine together for an even tastier green fluff salad.
This classic salad can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days.
This pistachio dessert is flexible and you can easily add other fruits. Red or green grapes or even mandarin oranges would be a perfect choice for this recipe.
You can certainly omit the coconut from this fluffy dessert salad without it being missed.
MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Easy Ice Cream Cake
- No Bake Cookies
- Easy Frozen Oreo Dessert
- Chocolate Lasagna
- Peanut Butter Pie
- Coconut Brownies
- No Bake Eclair Cake
- Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
- 2 boxes pistachio pudding mix
- 20 ounces pineapple crushed
- 12 ounces whipped topping
- 1 cup coconut shredded
- chopped pistachios and maraschino cherries for garnish
- In a large bowl, mix pineapple and pudding mix until mix has completely dissolved and the pineapple is thick.
- Stir in coconut and whipped topping.
- Transfer to serving bowl and top with chopped pistachios and cherries.