Pistachio Pudding, Pineapple Fluff Dessert Salad

"Years ago I enjoyed a salad similar to this. I got what was in it, but not how to put it all together and the sizes and amounts. Over the years I used trial and error to come up with this. My husband's family just expect this at every gathering and really gripe if I don't make it. Once I was planning something else and they brought the ingredients to the gathering for me to make it."
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  • Chop the cherries into fourths, but reserve a few for the top whole.
  • Mix pudding with cool whip and pineapple with juice.
  • Add walnuts, chopped cherries and marshmallows.
  • Combine well.
  • Refridgerate for at least 24 hours so marshmallows can soften, but can be served after 2 hours.
  • Garnish with whole cherries on top.

Questions & Replies

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  1. ronnyb56
    What can I substitute for the pineapple ingredient
  2. Maria H.
    Can a cut the recipe in half?
  3. Anita J.
    How long will this keep in the fridge?
  4. boog60
    Do I mix the pudding with milk first??
  5. Sheryl H.
    Can this be made in smaller batch?


  1. Lightly Toasted
    OH, YUM.....THIS WAS SOOO GOOD. Light, fluffy, refreshing. I used sugar free pudding mix and lite Cool Whip....so it was relatively guilt-free......but tasty enough to feel like I was getting away with something (always a good thing--grin)
  2. Audrey M
    This is a family favorite recipe. My mother-in-law has made it for years. She would always have it as a side dish for lunch when we would come home for a visit. It is nice to see a recipe that not only tastes good but brings happy memories with it. Another Tried and True recipe.
  3. Rhonda R.
    I make this with a little coconut
  4. Pj in Illinois
    excelllent.Made this yesterday and was enjoyed by all.I used a big of miniature colored marshmellows.This recipe makes alot.Will definately make this again.
  5. Evans89
    Yummy!! I couldn't resist and had to taste this before it was done. I only had a 16 oz. container of Cool Whip on hand and it worked out perfectly. I suggest you use a large bowl for this because it makes quite a bit. The green pudding with the cherries on top really looks nice in a decorative glass bowl and it tastes wonderful. Definitely a keeper.


  1. smeickhoff
    I make with 1 box of instant Pudding and 1 container of Cool Whip and I keep the rest the same. Nuts and Cherries are optional. and I also use some shredded coconut
  2. godisgood2gmw
    Guilt free: Use sugar free pistachio pudding mix and real whipping cream. Whip both together until fluffy. Fold in pineapple- no juice. Skip the marshmallows. Add the nuts, of course! ;) You can use one of the Cool Whip products, but I prefer good old fashioned straight cream... way better for you.
  3. Hgallo
    I haven't tried it yet with the cherries but I do make it adding 1-2 cups of shredded coconut and it's delicious!


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