EASY PISTACHIO SALAD (WATERGATE SALAD)

Easy Pistachio Salad is the perfect addition to any holiday gathering. We love it for Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. It is always great for any potluck!

Easy Pistachio Salad (Watergate Salad)

If you are a fan of fluff salads then you will want to try our Strawberry Praline Salad. It has wonderful reviews and it’s always a hit.

❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE

We love how simple this recipe is and the ingredients really go great together. It’s also versatile you can add or take away from this salad. It also looks great on a holiday table which is always a plus. Most everyone love the “green stuff” and it’s just a holiday staple.

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Cool whip
  • Pistachio instant pudding
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Crushed pineapple with juice
  • Chopped nuts
  • Shredded coconut – sweetened

SWAPS

There are a few different ways to make this salad but this is or favorite. Some people don’t add the shredded coconut so you can always leave it out. Same goes with the nuts.

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

Let your cool whip thaw in the fridge for a few hours, which is the only time-consuming part of this dish. The hardest part of making this dish is getting the ingredients out. Which is another reason why this dish is a winner!

COOKING STEPS

Step 1
Stir dry pudding mix into cool whip. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Keep refrigerated.

Easy Pistachio Salad (Watergate Salad)

⭐TIP

This salad has a few different names such as Watergate salad, pistachio salad and green stuff. Make sure you use INSTANT pudding mix, not the cook-and-serve kind.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

You can add a few different things to this recipe if you like. Such as:

  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Real Pistachios

SERVE THIS WITH

This fluff salad is a classic so it goes with just about any meal. We love it at Christmas or Easter and we serve it with our Southern Pea Salad and our Amish Pasta Salad. You may also love these delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes.

❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this the night before?

You can but will need to stir it up well before serving, so if you plan to add cherries for decoration, wait to add those until you serve it.

Can I leave the coconut out?

Yes, you can leave it out.

Does this need to be served cold?

Yes, it is best cold right out of the fridge.

STORING

We store this in an air-tight container in the fridge and it will keep for 2-3 days.

SERVING SIZE

This makes about 8 servings and can easily be doubled.

Easy Pistachio Salad (Watergate Salad)

Anne Walkup

This Easy Pistachio Salad is a wonderful addition to any gathering. Sometimes referred to as Watergate salad or the green stuff it’s a classic no matter what you call it. It’s great for any holiday occasion and looks great on the table.

Total Time 5 minutes

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

  • 1 8 ounce cool whip
  • 1 3.4 box pistachio instant pudding
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice, drained well.
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

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