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Pistachio Ambrosia Recipe

Pistachio Ambrosia Recipe

For a fruity, satisfying dessert, we like this smooth and creamy pudding. Since the recipe makes a big batch, it's nice for a potluck. Try it the next time warm weather makes you crave a cool and slightly sweet treat. -Carol Lynn Chizzoniti, Holbrook, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 2 cans (17 ounces each) fruit cocktail
  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) pineapple chunks
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges
  • 4 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Chopped pecans, optional


  • 1. Drain fruit cocktail, pineapple and oranges, reserving 3 cups juice. Set fruit aside; pour juice into a 4-qt. bowl. Add pudding mix and mix until smooth. Stir in sour cream. Add whipped topping and mix until smooth. Fold in fruit; chill for several hours. Top with pecans just before serving if desired. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 159 calories, 7 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 82 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Pistachio Ambrosia

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Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"I've been making this for years! It's what I will usually take to cook outs and parties if I want to take something sweet, cool, and refreshing that serves a large crowd and looks pretty too! You can't go wrong with this one folks!!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"I have been making this Ambrosia for several years,for work or church and family get togethers! It is always on the top of the list of will you make...! By requesters it is known as the "Green Stuff" and I can't go to or have any function that they don't ask if there will be "green stuff" lol. It is very refreshing and loved!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

" this recipe. Easy to make. I usually double it because it doesn't last long."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"I know this recipe as Watergate. It also often has marshmallows in it. Watergate/Pistachio Ambrosia - it's a tummy pleaser by either name!"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"I looked for this recipe I remembered from when I was a little girl . I remembered something similar at our church picnics. However the recipe I remembered had colored mini marshmallows. I decided to make this and right before serving , I stirred in the marshmallows. It is delicious. I was not disappointed. Thank you for giving me a memory from my childhood. Making it again now for our dinner with some friends. :)"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"My family and I love this recipe for our parties. Most eat this as a dessert. I use Canned fruit in its own juice.

and I use Low Fat sour cream and whipped toppings.Deeeelicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Delicious just as written. A new favorite. Yum. Had to go back for seconds on a full stomach."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Delicious exactly as written. A new favorite. Yum."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"I made this for a friend's wedding reception and it was a big hit. I'm not a fan of pecans but used chopped walnuts. Very satisfying dessert!!"

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"This is a very good dessert! The only change I would make would be to use milk instead of the fruit juice, it was too sweet for my tastes. Also, we put shredded coconut on top, delicious!"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"Much simpler, easier recipe for this ambrosia is: small cool whip, pistachio pudding (not cooked, just the powder), and one can crushed pineapple (including juice). For larger groups, double cool whip."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"It is really yummy! However, I do agree that it makes too much of the pudding mixture. I just cut that in half and it was perfect. I also lightened it up a bit by using light whipped topping and sugar free pudding. It tasted just as delicious. I will definitely make it again!"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"really really really good!!

will definately make again."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"Really good but it makes way too much of the pudding mixture. I only used about 1/3 and it was perfect. Next time I will use chunky fruit cocktail. I added sliced bananas and a few mini marshmellows would be nice too."

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