Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad

This delightful Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad is light and fluffy like the name. The creamy base is nondairy whipped topping and dry instant pistachio pudding mix. Folded into the creamy fluffy base is crushed pineapple, fruit cocktail, marshmallows, mandarin oranges, and bananas. It’s a wonderful fruit salad recipe that’s always been a crowd-pleaser.

Years ago, Michelle Bartosh, brought this to several potlucks for the Young Couple’s Sunday school class my husband taught. Michelle, who went to college with my oldest son at Dallas Baptist University, is an amazing cook.

She is especially great at baking and elegant, beautifully-decorated cookies or cookie pops. But she can also whip up a fantastic casserole, salad, bread, or anything else you desire. Michelle was always trying out new recipes and I probably acquired more recipes from her than any other class member during the eight years we were teaching that class.

Michelle and Cliff were two of those people who stood out in our Sunday school class. They always stayed to help clean up after any activity that was organized–and Michelle was such a good organizer she planned social events for our class for years. They were also the kind of people that always helped you in a pinch or in any kind of need. They were like family to us.

Besides all that they were wise and discerning beyond their years and were good judges of character, situations, life issues and just about everything else. Michelle and her family have been grieving the loss of her oldest sister in a tragic car accident a few months back so our prayers are with them. Every time I make this recipe I think fondly of Michelle and how much we enjoyed having her and Cliff in our Sunday school class.

I have no idea where Michelle got the recipe but it’s a keeper. Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad not only looks elegant but it tastes heavenly. You and your family are sure to love this salad — and it’s so quick and easy to mix up, too. If you’re looking for a great potluck salad recipe consider trying this recipe sometime.

It will only take you about 10 minutes to put together and then refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve. You can find these ingredients anytime of the year, but this salad is especially nice for holiday meals like Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day where the weather picks up in temperature and you want a nice cool salad to accompany your meal. Our family loves Michelle’s Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad and we believe it will become one of your favorites, too.

When I initially posted this recipe in March of 2013, I was making it for a couple who just had a baby in our church. Unfortunately, although I had recently purchased my Canon camera, I was not adept at taking pictures so I continued to use my iPhone for about 3 months afterwards! I’ve been going through all my first blog year recipes and remaking them so I can take better pictures than the first go-around.

I recently remade this recipe (May 2015) for a large potluck at our church and it got rave reviews again. Seriously, this is one of the best “fluffy”-type salads you’ll ever eat.

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Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad not only looks lovely but tastes great.

Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Such a quick, easy and refreshing #fruitsalad for summer barbecues and #holidays. #fruit #salad

You can have this fluffy salad made up in about ten minutes!

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Here’s a serving of this luscious and delightful Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Place whipped topping in a large mixing bowl. Add a box of dry pistachio pudding and pie filling mix. Stir to combine.

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Add a small can of drained fruit cocktail, a can of drained mandarin orange segments. Place a bowl under your colander and press out all the juice in the can of crushed pineapple. Reserve the juice. Place drained crushed pineapple in bowl. Add marshmallows.

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Slice bananas and swish around in the reserved pineapple juice to prevent browning. Add bananas to bowl. 

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Stir all ingredients to combine thoroughly. Refrigerate a few hours until ready to serve.

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Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad is filled with marshmallows, pineapple, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, and bananas. It has such delightful flavors and texture.

Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Such a quick, easy and refreshing #fruitsalad for summer barbecues and #holidays. #fruit #salad

This salad is so quick and easy to make. It’s great to take along to potlucks or to make for company. It takes only 10 minutes to make and you can spend your time on other food preparations that may be more involved and time-sensitive.

 

Here’s the recipe.

PISTACHIO FRUIT FLUFF SALAD

(Recipe from Michelle Bartosh, when we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX)

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Quick and easy fruit salad is made with marshmallows, bananas, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges and pineapple in a creamy base with pistachio pudding mix.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Ingredients
Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Place nondairy whipped topping in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Dump instant pudding into the bowl.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Add drained pineapple, marshmallows, drained fruit cocktail, and drained mandarin oranges.
  5. Slice bananas and swirl in reserved pineapple juice.
  6. Add to bowl and mix everything completely.
  7. Cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Dip bananas in pineapple juice before adding to salad to prevent browning.

NOTE: This salad needs to be served within a few hours of making it since it has bananas in it.

 

[b]Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Michelle Bartosh when we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Quick and easy fruit salad is made with marshmallows, bananas, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges and pineapple in a creamy base with pistachio pudding mix.
Ingredients
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple (reserve juice)
  • 1 (3 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 (12 ounce) container [url href=”http://coolwhip.kraftbrands.com/coolwhip.aspx#/home” target=”_blank”]Cool Whip[/url] frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups[url href=”http://www.kraftrecipes.com/” target=”_blank”]Kraft[/url]miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can [url href=”http://www.delmonte.com/” target=”_blank”]Del Monte[/url] fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
Instructions
  1. Place nondairy whipped topping in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Dump instant pudding into the bowl.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Add drained pineapple, marshmallows, drained fruit cocktail, and drained mandarin oranges.
  5. Slice bananas and swirl in reserved pineapple juice.
  6. Add to bowl and mix everything completely.
  7. Cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
Notes
Dip bananas in pineapple juice before adding to salad to prevent browning.[br][br]This salad needs to be served within a few hours of making it since it has bananas in it.

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This elegant salad can be served for any function, including down-home family dinners and potlucks, or more prestigious occasions with company. Everyone loves it!

Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | Such a quick, easy and refreshing #fruitsalad for summer barbecues and #holidays. #fruit #salad

I took Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad with the rest of my meal to the family of a young mother who just had a baby. Making this easy salad allowed me time to concentrate on other parts of the meal because this salad was whipped up in such a short amount of time.

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Why don’t you sample a bite of my delicious Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad? It’s so tasty!

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