Pistachio Fruit Salad

Pistachio Fruit Salad
Whether you call it Pistachio Fluff, Pistachio Fruit Salad or Watergate Salad, this creamy green fruit salad with marshmallows is a hit among children and adults! A family favorite side dish at any meal which requires one bowl and can be made in advance.
If you love a good fruit salad, then why not try this pistachio fluff recipe? All you need is a bowl, a spatula, and a handful of ingredients to make this easy pistachio fluff salad!

Pistachio Fruit Salad [Watergate Salad]
I am honestly the worst at remembering to make side dishes for my family’s meals. Most meals at my house consist of our main dish and some kind of vegetable. The only time my kids get their pick of numerous side dishes is on Sundays when we eat with my in-laws. If I’m the cook, however, they’re lucky if they even get presented two.
I talk about my mother-in-law, Liz, a decent amount on here, but I have to say she makes the absolute BEST side dishes. Whether it’s a fresh fruit salad or this tasty pistachio fluff dessert, it seems like she always has a new recipe for us to try on Sundays.

Fruit salad has become one of our favorite side dishes and a regular staple at our Thanksgiving table! This pistachio fluff salad recipe would make a great side dish to your holiday dinners, too! You can also serve this at a baby shower or a St. Patrick’s Day party, since that blast of color really helps the table.

It’s so easy to whip up. All you need is to set aside 10 minutes of your time to toss a few simple ingredients into a bowl and refrigerate it!

We find that this pistachio pudding fruit salad tastes best after you let it rest in your fridge for an hour or so. That allows the pudding fully dissolve and mix into the pistachio fruit salad, so you get a creamier taste. If you decide to eat it right away, you might find it a little grainy.

If you love fruit salad and making easy side dishes, then I insist you give this pistachio fluff fruit salad a shot!

Thanks for this great recipe for pistachio pudding fluff, Liz!

Are Fruit Salads Really Side Dishes?
It seems odd calling a fruit salad of all things a “side dish”. After all, any side dish that’s made with marshmallows and whipped cream seems much closer to a dessert, if anything. Green fluff salad with pistachio pudding sounds like an odd combination, for sure.

Even so, fruit salads with marshmallows have managed to become popular summer and winter side dishes here in America. You can also sneak in a good amount of fruit into this pistachio fluff to trick your kids (and maybe even yourself) into eating more fruits for dinner!

What is a Fluff Salad?
The first time I ever heard of fluff salad, I was sure it was a fruit salad mixed with marshmallow fluff, since that was the only “fluff” ingredient I thought existed.

Interestingly enough, fluff salads don’t usually contain marshmallow fluff in them. Instead, it’s a dish that routinely changes and evolves as people continue to mix and match different fruity combinations. Some people (like me) add marshmallows to their fluff salads, while others do not. Some may also add in instant pudding (again, like me), while others don’t.

The only ingredients that are consistent in all fluff salad recipes are fruit (which can either be fresh or canned) and whipped cream. You’ll find that I made this pistachio fruit salad with Cool Whip. (My sweet tooth can only be sated for so long!)
Are There Pistachios in Pistachio Pudding Mixes?
Yes, most pistachio pudding mixes are made with actual pistachios and not from artificial flavoring, which can be unfortunate for those with allergies.

However, if you look at the ingredients listed on the boxes beforehand, you may find a pistachio pudding mix that doesn’t contain any real pistachios. Use that in your fruit salad made with pistachio pudding instead.

What Fruit Goes Best With Pistachio Pudding?
I personally like a good pistachio pineapple fluff, but you can mix any fruits into this pistachio fluff! There is no one way of how to make pistachio fluff.

You can easily swap the fruit I use in this recipe for fresh or canned strawberries, apricots, grapes, apples, or even grapefruits!

Why is it Called Watergate Salad?
You may have heard pistachio fluff salad being called a variety of different names, mainly Pistachio Fruit Salad, Pistachio Delight, Shut the Gate Salad, Green Goop, Green Goddess, Green Fluff, Green Stuff, or even Watergate Salad.
Pistachio Fluff

If you love fruit salads, then you’ve got to try this Pistachio Fluff. 1 bowl, 1 spatula and a few ingredients. Whip it up in 10 minutes and chill for 1 hour! EASY!

Ingredients
4 (11 oz) can crushed pineapple (juice & all)

Instructions
In a medium bowl add cool whip, cottage cheese & pistachio pudding mix (dry). Mix until well incorporated.
Fold in the crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges and marshmallows. Fold until well incorporated.
Cover and chill for 1 or more hours.
Serve cold.
Notes
Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact

Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 206TOTAL FAT: 8.5gSATURATED FAT: 6.9gCHOLESTEROL: 5mgSODIUM: 253mgCARBOHYDRATES: 25.4gFIBER: 0.6gSUGAR: 21.1gPROTEIN: 7g