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Instant Pistachio Salad Recipe
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Instant Pistachio Salad
See how to make a simple dessert salad starring pistachio pudding. See more
  • READY IN 35 mins

Instant Pistachio Salad

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"This recipe is super simple and can be changed to suit your tastes. Just add additional fruit and/or nuts."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple and dry pistachio pudding mix. Fold in thawed whipped topping and marshmallows until well mixed. Refrigerate until chilled and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 03, 2004

This recipe is fool proof. I made a few changes in order to adapt it to personal taste. First, I used chunk pineapple rather than crushed. I drained the liquid, and reserved it. I also added a can of fruit cocktail (drained), mandarin oranges (drained), walnuts, and coconut. After mixing all of the ingredients, I added small amounts of the reserved pineapple juice until I got the consistency I was looking for. The juice definitely adds to the flavor of the recipe, and I would recommend using it. The end result has a nice tang to it, without being terribly sweet. This is a new favorite in my household.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 26, 2004

I'm surprised that this got 5 stars. I think it would be a lot better with mandarin oranges and no marshmallows.

Mar 02, 2003

I made this recipe for a potluck and everyone loved it. I find that if you do not drain the pineapple, you have a much creamier texture. I also added 1 cup of chopped walnuts. I would make this recipe again.

Oct 03, 2004

This always disappears in no time at potlucks. You don't need to drain the pineapple though, just mix it with the pudding. I also add 8 oz of sour cream to the mixture and 1/4 cup toasted coconut.

Sep 14, 2004

Hubby loved it! I did not drain pineapple juice. Well actually I did at first then decided to add it because I wanted more pineapple "flavor".

Aug 03, 2012

Back when I first met my husband, my mother in law made this for Christmas dinner. I'd never had it before I met her and I fell in love with it on the spot. It's one of my favorite "fluffy salads" to date. She taught me to make this using the whole can of crushed pineapple UNDRAINED and to use a full bag of marshmallows. Sometimes I'll vary it up with the colored marshmallows.

Jun 03, 2004

I substituted instant cheesecake pudding (Jello brand) for pistachio and it was even better. I also used a little of the pineapple juice from the can to make it creamier. Try it!

Mar 03, 2003

This recipe was wonderful. I made it the first time for my daughter's college graduation party and everyone loved it. I liked the fact that I could have the recipe make enough for 60 people and then it gave me exactly what I needed for the ingredients. I did add maraschino cherries for decoration on the top.


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  • Calories
  • 159 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.1 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 133 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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