Pistachio Salad

Everyone loves this Pistachio Salad! This cool side salad is perfect for summer or any holiday get together.

You’ve got to give this crowd-pleasing Pistachio salad a try! Pistachio CakePistachio Sugar Cookie Bars, and Pistachio Bread are family loved, must-try pistachio treats!!

Everyone loves this Pistachio Salad! This cool side salad is perfect for summer or any holiday get together.

Pistachio Pudding Salad

Looking for something yummy and different to bring to your next summer potluck? THIS pistachio pudding salad is it. It’s pretty much a dessert but who said you can’t have dessert first right? Nothing better than a cool sweet side dish on a hot summer day. Perfectly paired with hamburgers and hot dogs. Or whatever is cooking on the grill!

My kids go crazy for this dish. They love the tiny marshmallows and the whipped topping – who wouldn’t?? I love the flavor combo of pineapple and pistachio. It’s tropical but also classic. And it has a fun green color that your kids will think is so fun. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a salad that has marshmallows in it.

This dessert goes by a lot of different names such as the Watergate salad, pistachio delight, green stuff, green fluff,  green goop, green Jell-O salad, and pistachio mallow salad. But no matter what you call it is so delicious!

How to Make Pistachio Jello Salad

This is a big pistachio salad which makes it great for taking to picnics and potlucks with friends. It serves about 12 people which is awesome! You’ll only need a FOUR ingredients to make this pistachio pudding salad:

  • Crushed pineapple
  • instant pistachio pudding mix
  • frozen whipped topping
  • mini marshmallows

COMBINE. Start by combing the drained canned pineapple and the dry pistachio pudding mix in a big bowl. Make sure your whipped topping is thawed because it will be easier to handle.

FOLD. Fold in the whipped topping and mini marshmallows to your pudding/pineapple mixture. Mix it all together until its well combined.

CHILL + SERVE. Cover it up and put it in the refrigerator to chill before serving. Put a dollop of whipped topping on top and sprinkle with some chopped pistachios for a extra touch.

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

Thaw cool whip quickly: Cool whip should thaw in the fridge over the space of about 4 hours.

  • If you accidentally forgot about thawing it there are lots of different methods to use. You could leave it on the counter for a max of 2 hours, the texture may not be as good but it is quicker than waiting for the fridge.
  • Another method is using the defrost button on the microwave: defrost for 30 seconds and then stir, put in the fridge for 2-3 minutes and repeat until it is the right texture.
  • The last method involves a large bowl of cold water. Let the cool whip container float in the water for 30-40 minutes, then it should be ready to use.


  • The longer this salad is kept around the more likely it is for the cool whip to melt. To help avoid this I would recommend not letting it sit out at room temperature for very long, not even for more than 30 minutes.
  • Drain and pat dry the pineapple to help keep it from adding too much added liquid to the salad.
  • Make sure you use INSTANT pudding
  • To get a fluffy texture make sure you fold in your cool whip, you don’t want to crush all of the air out of it.

STORE covered tightly with plastic wrap, or keep in an airtight container. This salad only be good for about 3-4 days because sometimes the moisture from the pineapple likes to leak out and separate the cool whip by adding more water to the salad.

Everyone loves this Pistachio Salad! This cool side salad is perfect for summer or any holiday get together.

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Pistachio Salad Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Pistachio Salad dessert is always served at our family gatherings. With whipped cream and marshmallows, it's always a hit!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 43 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 (3 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1/2 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows


  • Combine drained pineapple and dry pistachio pudding mix in a large bowl. Fold in thawed whipped topping and marshmallows. Mix until well combined. Chill in refrigerate before serving.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com.

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