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Watergate Salad (Pistachio Fluff)

Creamy pistachio-flavored Watergate Salad is full of canned fruits, pistachio pudding mix, whipped cream, and crushed pistachios. This side dish salad or dessert salad is also referred to as "pistachio fluff," "green fluff," or "green goddess."
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword watergate salad, watergate salad recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 45 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings, as a side
Calories 213kcal
Author Chelsea


  • 2 cans (8 ounces EACH) crushed pineapple, undrained (pineapple in juice, not syrup)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounce) pistachio-flavored instant pudding 4-serving size
  • 1 can (14 ounces) mandarin oranges, well drained
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped (optional), separated
  • 1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, completely thawed
  • Optional: shredded coconut (1/4 cup), 1 can (15 ounces) fruit cocktail


  • Add the undrained pineapple and pudding mix to a large bowl. Stir until smooth. Add in the well-drained mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, and coarsely chopped pistachios. (if desired, add in fruit cocktail here.) Gently fold together until combined.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping until all the ingredients are well covered. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour. Serve chilled with a sprinkle of shredded coconut or additional crushed pistachios if desired.



Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 409IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg