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Pistachio Salad

Creamy and light, this pistachio salad is the perfect dessert salad. You'll love the fruit and fluffy pudding.
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  1. PISTACHIO SALAD INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS PISTACHIO SALAD RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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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.

It reminds me of ambrosia salad, which is another family favorite that we love. Our Watergate salad recipe is also a simple pudding salad that is a popular choice.

PISTACHIO SALAD INGREDIENTS

Pistachio Pudding Cool Whip Salad with Pineapple

You’ll need:

  • 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.

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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.

PRO TIP:

You can use the pineapple juice to dissolve the pudding mix.

STEP TWO: Stir in coconut and whipped topping with the pudding mixture.

PRO TIP:

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.

PRO TIP:

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!

STORAGE

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

Can I freeze this salad?

This simple salad could be frozen but note that the texture of the marshmallows will likely change once thawed.

Can I make this great recipe ahead of time?

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.

How do I store pistachio salad?

This classic salad can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days.

Can I add other fruit to this pistachio salad recipe?

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.

Can I leave out the coconut?

You can certainly omit the coconut from this fluffy dessert salad without it being missed.

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Pistachio Salad

5 from 3 votes
Creamy and light, this pistachio salad is the perfect dessert salad. You'll love the fruit and fluffy pudding.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

TIP: You can use the pineapple juice to dissolve the pudding mix.
TIP: Stir all of the ingredients together carefully as you don’t want to break apart the pineapple pieces.
TIP: 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg
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