Pistachio Fluff Cookie Salad

Pistachio Fluff Cookie Salad
Sabrina S. Baksh
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
502 Calories
32g Fat
53g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 502
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 320mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 127mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This "dessert salad," sometimes called Watergate salad, combines packaged pistachio pudding mix with pineapples, whipped topping, cookies, and marshmallows. While the origins of the name aren't explicitly clear, there's one thing almost everyone agrees on—it's simple and absolutely delicious.

It's an excellent treat for a summer day, and you can also add additional toppings such as fruits or nuts to further spruce it up. Keep in mind that it will thicken as it sits.


  • 1 package pistachio pudding

  • 2 cups whipped cream

  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple

  • 16 chocolate sandwich cookies (8 cookies broken into smaller pieces, 2 cookies finely crumbled, and reserve 6 whole), divided

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Follow the pudding instructions and place the pudding in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  3. Once the pudding has chilled, add the whipped cream, pineapple, the 8 broken sandwich cookies, and nuts (except for 2 tablespoons). Gently fold in ingredients, transfer to a serving bowl, and place the remaining 6 whole cookies around the bowl. Add reserved nuts and crumbled cookies.

  4. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.


  • While you can certainly make the base ahead of time, it is important not to add the cookies or marshmallows until just before serving.