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Pistachio Ambrosia

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
  • Makes
    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 sour cream
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Chopped pecans, optional


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 159 calories, 7g fat (6g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Collette
    Mar 17, 2020

    My family loves this! It's such an amazing light dessert, and EASY! We make it every St. Patrick's Day.

  • SherriJo
    Nov 22, 2018

    Great for large family gatherings.

  • CountryGirl72
    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!!

  • Tiaglo
    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!

  • CakeLady11290
    Mar 16, 2014 this recipe. Easy to make. I usually double it because it doesn't last long.

  • suzannahnoelle
    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!

  • 22susan
    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. :)

  • CiaranQuinn
    Jun 2, 2013

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  • Julia Clark
    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!

  • laura70
    Jan 7, 2013

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