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Pistachio Mallow Salad

This fluffy pistachio salad is a real treat since it's creamy but not overly sweet. It's easy to mix up, and the flavor gets better the longer it stands. It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day, served in a green bowl. -Pattie Ann Forssberg, Logan, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 carton (16 ounces) whipped topping
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 6 to 7 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios or walnuts
  • Additional whipped topping, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine whipped topping, pudding mix and food coloring if desired. Fold in the marshmallows and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, top with additional whipped topping if desired, sprinkle with nuts.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 236 calories, 9g fat (7g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


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  • D.
    Jun 25, 2020

    This stuff is wonderful, however I do not use cool whip (I just make my own homemade whipped cream). Also I have to substitute something for the pineapple because my husband detests pineapple. I usually use chopped up canned freestone peaches. I use whatever nuts are cheaper at the health food store, usually walnuts and I've even used pecans which were wonderful in this dish. In my neck of the woods we called this Watergate Salad. Some of the ladies added chopped marischino cherries but I didn't because we don't like them! Does anyone have any other suggestions for a fruit I could possibly substitute for the pineapple?

  • Carri
    Apr 5, 2020

    I've been making this salad for years! It's always been called "Fluff". I like to use colored marshmallows for extra color. So quick and easy. Always on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Jellybug
    Mar 4, 2020

    Made this dessert last year and it was a hit, making again for St. Paddy's day...yum

  • Marcia
    Feb 18, 2020

    Always knew this as Watergate salad as well, but mu recipe also has coconut in it. YUMMO!!

  • Kristi
    Jun 29, 2019

    This is a favorite in my family. My Nana used to tell us that it was called “Watergate Salad” because it was invented at the Watergate Hotel.

  • jeff
    Jun 16, 2019

    Any idea why it was called Watergate Salad? Haven't had this in years and looking forward to introducing my family to it.

  • eileen344
    May 19, 2019

    I have made this for years. I do not add the food coloring nor the additional nuts. I also use a smaller can of pineapple. It is one of the side dishes I serve at all holiday meals.

  • ldert001
    May 19, 2019

    The original name for this salad is WATERGATE SALAD.

  • Susan
    May 12, 2019

    Ah, good old Watergate salad. Been making this for decades. Old recipe but good.

  • joan1499
    Apr 19, 2019

    Yes this is what was "Watergate salad", but it is very good. I make it with everything sugar-free for less calories. My family never was the wiser till they grew-up and used their own ingredients. Still make it today for any time of the year.