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Green Stuff Recipe

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My  oh-so-easy Green Stuff recipe, more commonly called Watergate Salad. A fun and delicious dish that is perfect as a side or as dessert.

Do you have a favorite recipe from your childhood? Something that’s your go-to when you need something quick and easy…and completely yummy? 

My Green Stuff recipe, that you could find at most of our family gatherings when I was growing up, is that special recipe for me.

green stuff with walnuts on top in a small white bowl

I’m not really sure who it came from and what its proper name really is, but we always referred to it as Green Stuff.

Probably because it’s….well, green. The green, that comes from the pistachio pudding mix, is what makes it fun.

Everybody in our family, young and old, absolutely loved it.

I’ve taken it to many holiday gatherings, parties and picnics since I started my own family and most people are afraid to even try it.

Maybe because of its green color?

I’m not sure but once they do, they love it too.

Not only is Green Stuff beyond yummy but it is truly the easiest recipe to make, with just 3 ingredients.

ingredients for green stuff recipe, whipped cream, pistachio pudding and crushed pineapple

I’m a traditionalist when it comes to my Green Stuff and stick to the main 3 ingredients, but it would also be fun to add mini marshmallows or walnuts for a little extra crunch.

ingredients laid out to make Green Stuff recipe

I know, I know…it’s not very sophisticated, and not even a little bit healthy for you. Every once in a while though, it’s good to have something green and totally delish.

That’s what life is all about.

green stuff in white bowl sprinkled with chopped pecans

Am I right?

Have you ever had Green Stuff (or more commonly called Watergate Salad or Pistachio Fluff)?

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Yield: 8 servings

Easy Green Stuff Recipe

Easy Green Stuff Recipe

A quick and easy Green Stuff recipe that we always had at all of our family gatherings. So yummy and totally easy to make with just 3 ingredients.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
  • 3.4 oz. box of instant pistachio pudding
  • 8 oz. container of Cool Whip, I used lite
  • 1 tsp. chopped pecans or walnuts, for garnish (optional)


  1. Drain some of the juice from the crushed pineapple
  2. Add the pineapple, pudding mix and Cool Whip into the mixing bowl
  3. Gently fold ingredients, making sure you mix pudding well
  4. Sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  5. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g

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