Pistachio Pudding Salad

Ever have something so embarrassing happen to you that all ya wanna do is crawl into a hole and never come out? Your hands get clammy, your pits get sweaty and your face turns bright red? This doesn’t happen to me very often {Besides the face turning red part. I blush all the time and I can’t do a dang thing about it.}, but this week it surely happened…times ten! I was walking into the grocery store and I hear this guy behind me yell, “Excuse me, mam!”. He was walking in front of my car so I was afraid he was going to tell me I couldn’t park there or something. No. It was worse. He said, “You have something stuck to your butt…”. I look behind me and sure enough, there was a lint roller sheet and a receipt dangling from my back side. I was mortified. I shoved it in my purse and tried to laugh it off and said something like “Oh, ha, I guess it’s time to clean the car…ha ha…” *shifty eyes*. Sometimes I hate being me. Anyone else make a total fool of yourself lately? Please do tell, so I don’t feel alone. 😉
Anyway, enough about my awkwardness. How about a little pistachio lovin’?? My brother, my mom, and I all share a love for pistachios. Especially pistachio ice cream. Ohemgee, that stuff is divine. We could eat a whole carton of it, no questions asked! When I saw the recipe for this pistachio pudding salad, I knew it was right up my alley. 

I found this in a school cookbook from when I was in second grade and man, those second graders sure have good taste. I found all kinds of little gems in there! Like a low-fat shake recipe?? I don’t know what kind of 8 year olds are worried about their food being low-fat, but I would sure love to thank them for it! For now though, I’m going to enjoy this delicious {not low-fat} pistachio pudding salad and I hope you do too!

  • 1 (3.4 oz.) pistachio pudding package
  • 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 (8 oz.) carton whipped topping
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. Drain the pineapple juice into a large bowl.
  2. Mix pudding and juice for 2 minutes.
  3. Fold in whipped topping, pineapple, marshmallows and pecans.
  4. Chill until ready to serve.
It was everything I could do to keep Zachary from snitching here and there, so that we had enough pudding to take a picture. It tastes absolutely delish and would be an awesome side for your Thanksgiving dinner!


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  1. says

    Just need a clarification. The recipe says to drain the juice and then to combine this juice with the pudding. It does not mention adding the crushed pineapple. I’m assuming it gets added into the salad?

  2. says

    This has always been one of my favorites. You don’t even have to drain it, we add the whole can of pineapple and pudding together, stir a bit then fold in the CoolWhip and marshmallows. I’ve never added extra nuts. You can use sugar free pudding and/or fat free or sugar free CoolWhip and it does help make it slightly better. But yes I love it and have actually tried making a cake version of it but it still needs some tweaking.

    • says

      Hi Kay, I have comment moderation on my blog, so the comments don’t publish until I ok them. I’m sorry I forgot about the pineapple though! I’ve fixed the recipe. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!! :)

  3. says

    Oh no you poor thing LOL well at least the one guy told you about the sheet on your butt before you went into the store :)
    On another note the pudding looks nummy!

  4. says

    I had to crack up at that story. Last weekend I was running an errand in my sister’s car…well needless to say I got paged minutes after running into Target asking that I come back to my car. Apparently I didn’t put the car in gear…not used to driving a stick shift in years…and my car rolled a few feet in front of the space. Thank goodness people were tailgating for the Ravens game and they were able to stop it. Ha! I just got in my car and drove away quickly. I was really lucky it didn’t damage anything or anyone. I guess I’m lucky that tailgaters usually don’t have the best memories of the days events usually.

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