Pistachio Salad: A take on ambrosia salad recipes that uses simple ingredients like fruit, pudding mix, and marshmallows that’s great for dipping!
If you’re like me at all, looking at this pistachio salad may have you thinking…
“Um… will something like looks like “Slimer” from Ghostbusters really taste good?”
To be honest, after we experimented and mixed this all together, I was sure it was going to go in the trash. Until I tasted it. O.M.G.
After I finally stopped scarfing this down with a spoon, I decided to try dipping graham crackers in it, so it could also serve as a finger food dessert for a party, and that made it even better!
How to Make Pistachio Salad
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Readers had been asking for more salad recipes, and I knew that this could mean anything from lettuce salads, to dessert salads… so I did some research.
Come to find out, a pistachio salad was a very requested dessert salad by readers, so after checking out a few different recipes on Pinterest to get an idea of how it was made, this pistachio pudding salad was born, and I’m so glad that it was.
What You’ll Need to Make Pistachio Salad
- pistachio pudding mix
- cool whip
- mandarin oranges (and the juice)
- graham crackers for dipping
Fruit for Pistachio Salad
We used mandarin oranges for this recipe, but feel free to use pineapple instead, as that’s a popular fruit to use for pistachio salad recipes!
I’ve also noticed that some will put cherries in this type of salad, and my boys would LOVE that. I wish I had some of those for this recipe, as it would have added a beautiful pop of color to it too!
Using a pistachio pudding mix, this easily gives the salad a flavor that mixes so well with the sweetness of the cool whip, marshmallows, and mandarin oranges & juice… leaving the perfect combination!
Simply pour in the pistachio pudding mix in to a medium-sized mixing bowl…
Mix in the cool whip…
… and the mandarin oranges with some of the juices (see note below) and the marshmallows.
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Gently mix until combined!
NOTE: Gradually add more mandarin juice until the pudding mix is no longer “grainy” and the salad has a creamy texture!
Pistachio Salad Dip
Although you can eat and serve this pistachio salad as a dish to eat with a fork or spoon, it is DELICIOUS to serve with graham crackers, as a dip.
So the next time you’re asked to bring an easy dessert to a party or family gathering, this pistachio salad may just be a good one to turn to!
- 1 3.4 pistachio pudding mix DO NOT MAKE PUDDING
- 1.5 cups cool whip
- half of 15 oz. can mandarin oranges retaining some of the juice
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- graham crackers optional
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the pistachio pudding mix with the cool whip.
- Chop the mandarin oranges into small pieces and place into bowl, and add about a tablespoon of the juices from the can.
- Add in marshmallows and stir everything to combine.
- Gradually add more mandarin juice until the pudding mix is no longer “grainy” and the salad has a creamy texture!
- Eat/serve alone as a side dish/dessert, or serve for dipping with graham crackers.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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