Easy Homemade Pistachio Pudding Salad Recipe

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pistachio pudding salad recipe

Quick Pistachio Pudding Salad

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 pistachio pudding 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 minutes 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.

Pistachio salad recipe ingredients

Pistachio Pudding Salad Ingredients + Directions

You’ll only need 5-ingredients to make this delicious pistachio pudding salad. It’s easy to make too – all you have to do is dump and stir!

Note: 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 for this pistachio salad (found below) 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.

An Easy & Delicious Holiday Dish

I hope you enjoy our traditional Thanksgiving side dish. It also makes a nice side dish for Christmas since it’s a pretty green color.

If you end up trying it out, let us know what you think! Who knows… it could become a tradition for your family as well! Enjoy!

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Pistachio pudding salad

Easy Homemade Pistachio Pudding Salad Recipe

This fantastically easy pistachio pudding salad takes less than 10 minutes to put together and makes for a great holiday side dish.
5 / 5 ( 9 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


  • 20 ounce can Crushed Pineapple
  • 3.4 ounce package Pistachio Pudding
  • 1 ½ cups Cool Whip Topping
  • 1 cup marshmallows mini
  • ½ cup pecans chopped


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


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 253mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g
Ingredients: Marshmallows, Pecans, Pineapple, Pistachio, Pudding, Whipped Topping
Meal Type: Salads, Side Dish, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Categories: Fruits, No Bake

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