Grandma’s Pistachio Salad

Grandma’s Pistachio Salad

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Here’s a recipe I grew up with as a girl and still enjoy today! Grandma’s Pistachio Salad is especially nice for family gatherings or church dinners. This salad is also kid-friendly. Not only to make with little hands, but also to eat. Kids love to dip their spoons into this salad. In fact, it’s one of our grandchildren’s favorite dishes. 

Pistachio Salad with Maraschino Cherries

(Post modified with new photos on 5/21/23.)

My mom always called this Watergate Salad, and according to online searches, the recipe may have originated from Kraft as Pistachio Pineapple Delight. Apparently, a food editor in Chicago gave it the Watergate name to help gain interest in the salad when Kraft came out with the instant Pistachio pudding in 1976, just a year after the Watergate scandal. 

Pistachio Salad aka Watergate Salad - Lime Green and Fluffy

Wherever it originated and no matter why, it’s a very easy and yummy salad to make. Sweet, fluffy, and a pretty light, mint green color. The addition of chopped pistachios and/or maraschino cherries on top would make the salad extra pretty on a holiday table. 

 

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Ingredients for Grandma’s Pistachio Salad

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • instant pistachio pudding
  • crushed pineapple
  • whipped topping
  • miniature marshmallows
  • maraschino cherries (optional)
  • chopped pistachio nuts (optional)

 

Instructions for Making This Salad

Ingredients for this Salad

Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Mix Together the Crushed Pineapple and Pudding Mix

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the instant pistachio pudding and crushed pineapple. Do not drain the pineapple.

Add Whipped Topping to the Pudding Mixture

Add whipped topping and fold in until all is combined.

Add the Marshmallows to the Whipped Cream Mixture

Next, stir in the miniature marshmallows, 2-3 cups, or as many as you desire.

Garnish with Maraschino Cherries and/or Chopped Pistachios

Place in a pretty serving bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Before serving, top with optional garnishes of chopped pistachio nuts and/or 3-5 maraschino cherries in the middle of the salad. 

Garnish Salad with Chopped Pistachios and Maraschino Cherries

This salad will serve 6-8 people. If you need more, simply double or triple the recipe.

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Pistachio Salad with Maraschino Cherries

Grandma's Pistachio Salad

Grandma's Pistachio Salad is especially nice for family gatherings or church dinners. This salad is also kid-friendly. Not only to make with little hands, but also to eat. Kids love to dip their spoons into this salad. In fact, it's one of our grandchildren's favorite dishes. 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crushed Pineapple, Family Gatherings, Instant Pistachio Pudding, Marshmallows, Putlucks, Whipped Cream
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 
 

  • 3.4 oz instant pistachio pudding
  • 11 oz crushed pineapple do not drain
  • 8 oz whipped topping like Cool Whip
  • 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • chopped pistachios optional garnish
  • maraschino cherries optional garnish

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together pistachio pudding and crushed pineapple.
  • Add whipped topping and stir until all is combined.
  • Add miniature marshmallows.
  • Place in a pretty serving bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, top with optional chopped pistachios and/or maraschino cherries. Serves 6-8.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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