A simple recipe for pistachio JELL-O salad requires combining powdered pistachio pudding with marshmallows and pineapple, adding nuts, and folding in thawed whipped topping. This recipe yields eight 1/2-cup servings.
Put 1 1/2 cups COOL WHIP Whipped Topping into a small bowl, and place it in the refrigerator. Let the topping thaw for four hours. Pour an undrained 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple into a large bowl. Add 3.4 ounces JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding and 1 cup miniature marshmallows. Chop 1/2 cup pecans, and add them to the bowl. If pecans are unavailable, use walnuts, or omit the nuts entirely.
Fold the thawed COOL WHIP into the pineapple mixture, and stir gently until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Refrigerate the salad until ready to serve, and store the leftovers in the refrigerator. Each 1/2-cup serving contains 190 calories, 8 grams of fat, 190 milligrams of sodium and 23 grams of sugar.
Pistachio JELL-O salad is otherwise known as Watergate Salad or Green Goop. The traditional recipe calls for pineapple, but popular variations include fruit cocktail and canned mandarin orange segments. Other recipes call for bananas and Maraschino cherries, and include a mixture of whipped topping and cottage cheese.