Pistachio Pudding Salad

5 / 5 (1 review)

pistachio pudding salad

This Pistachio Pudding Salad is a Thanksgiving Tradition at my House.

This Thanksgiving side dish is also known as Watergate Salad. I guess I am too young to understand why. Anyone know? I was first introduced to this salad as a five year old by my Aunt Jana. I was amazed at how easy it was to make even a 5 year old could do it! It will only take you 5-10 minute to whip this one up!!!

After I learned about this Pistachio Pudding salad from my aunt it started showing up for Thanksgiving. When I married my husband this Pistachio salad showed up on their Thanksgiving day table too. Now this is a must have for Thanksgiving at my house.

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You will only need these 5 ingredients to make this salad.

All you have to do is dump and stir! I have made this without the pecans when I do not have them on hand and it is good that way too! I have made my instructions a little more detailed to avoid dirtying more measuring cups than necessary. You could even use the same 1 cup measuring cup for all three measured ingredients.

I hope you enjoy our Thanksgiving side dish tradition. It also makes a nice side dish for a Christmas with the pretty green color.

Pistachio Pudding Salad

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 65 min
Yield: 3 lb | Serves: 6


  • 1 can Crushed Pineapple 20 oz
  • 1 pkg Pistachio Pudding 3.4 oz
  • 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip Topping
  • 1 cup marshmallows mini
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped


  1. 1. Measure out nuts and marshmallows.
  2. 2. Dump entire can of pineapple and juices in a medium bowl.
  3. 3. Add pudding powder, nuts and marshmallows.
  4. 4. Measure cool whip in the measuring cups you used for the nuts and marshmallows.
  5. 5. Add cool whip and stir all ingredients.
  6. 6. Chill for 1 hour before serving.

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