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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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

Easy Pistachio Salad (Watergate Salad)


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.


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

  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Real Pistachios


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.


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.


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

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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.
4.42 from 12 votes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 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


  • Stir dry pudding mix into cool whip. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Keep refrigerated.
Keyword Pistachio Salad
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