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Pistachio Salad is a family favorite, classic dessert recipe that will take you back to your childhood. Also known as Watergate Salad, pistachio fluff salad is filled with pineapple, marshmallows, cool whip and walnuts.
Family gatherings always included my aunt, my grandmas and cousins when I was young. Being a (sort of) only child with much older siblings, I always looked forward to these family events. Each family member had their part to play when it came to the food.
My mom always made her Macaroni Salad, my grandma brought the Deviled Eggs and I always made dessert. My aunt was famous for her Pistachio Salad because it was always one of the first things to disappear.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it wasn’t my aunt’s creation but really it was a classic potluck side dish from the 70s. Pistachio Fluff Salad is known by many names, like “Watergate Salad,” “Pistachio Delight,” or even “Green Stuff.” The original recipe came from General Foods (now known as Kraft).
It doesn’t matter to me where the recipe originated, I just know it’s delicious. This is one of those classic midwestern recipes that you always find at church and family potlucks. It’s easy, using just 5 ingredients, and it’s yummy. What more can you ask for?
There are only 5 ingredients in pistachio salad. Here are the ingredients you need:
Pistachio pudding is green pudding that’s made from pistachios nuts. It occasionally contains almond pieces. The instant pudding mix used in this recipes does contain nuts, so please be aware of that if you have an allergy.
I get comments from time to time about dessert salads like my Twix Apple Fluff Salad or my Sour Cream Salad and I’m sure I’ll get the same about this Pistachio Fluff Salad. So, let’s look at the definition of a salad.
“A salad is any of various cold dishes consisting of foods, such as meat, seafood, eggs, pasta, or fruit, prepared singly or combined, usually cut up, mixed with a dressing, and served cold.” (source)
So a “dessert salad” is a fitting description since it does include fruit (pineapple) and the pudding makes the dressing, right?
Either way you look at it this delicious Pistachio Salad is a classic staple that everyone at your Thanksgiving Feast will love!
Serve Pistachio salad as a side dish for family potlucks and holidays or as a dessert. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and stir before serving. Do not freeze.