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Pistachio salad is a cool and creamy dessert salad with an unforgettable flavor. Creamy pudding is blended with whipped cream, pineapple, and crunchy coconut in this no-bake dessert that is crazy simple to make. Fluffy and sweet, this pistachio salad is always a crowd-pleaser that is perfect for serving on any occasion.
Pistachio Salad Ingredients
You will need:
- 2 boxes pistachio pudding mix (3.4-ounce boxes)
- 20 ounces pineapple, crushed
- 12 ounces whipped topping
- 1 cup coconut, shredded
- chopped pistachios and maraschino cherries, for garnish
Substitutions and Additions
MIX-INS: Sometimes, I like to add white miniature marshmallows (or rainbow mini marshmallows) to my pistachio pudding salad as well. You can also add mandarin oranges to the fruit mix.
NUTS: If your family doesn’t like pistachio nuts, they can be left off the top of this salad. 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: For even more fruity variety, you could add a can of fruit cocktail to your salad
CREAM CHEESE: For a thicker dressing, you could mix in cream cheese with the Cool Whip in this green ambrosia salad.
How to Make Pistachio Salad
STEP ONE: In a large bowl, mix the pineapple and pudding mix until the 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 the coconut and whipped topping.
PRO TIP: Stir all of the ingredients together carefully, as you don’t want to break apart the pineapple pieces.
STEP THREE: Transfer to a 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 Pistachio Salad
This pistachio salad is a refreshing dessert that is a welcome addition to any special event and will be a guaranteed family favorite. Serve it as the dessert at brunch for a bridal, baby shower, or summer potluck. 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.
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. The creamy dressing won’t do very well in the freezer.
Pistachio salad is creamy and light, with hints of tropical flavors. This green fluff salad will only take you moments to prepare, it looks pretty, it transports easily, and it’s delicious! Loaded with fruit and fluffy pudding, it only takes a few simple ingredients to create the perfect dessert salad.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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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- 2 boxes pistachio pudding mix 3.4-ounce boxes
- 20 ounces pineapple crushed
- 12 ounces whipped topping
- 1 cup coconut shredded
- chopped pistachios and maraschino cherries for garnish
- In a large bowl, mix the pineapple and pudding mix until the has completely dissolved and the pineapple is thick.
- Stir in the coconut and whipped topping.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and top with chopped pistachios and cherries.