Green Stuff Recipe

My  oh-so-easy Green Stuff recipe.
An easy and oh so yummy recipe from my childhood using pudding whipped cream and pineapple. | chatfieldcourt.comDo you have a favorite recipe from your childhood that is 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.

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

I’ve taken it to many parties and picnics since I started my own family and most people are afraid to try it. Probably because it’s green? 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.

whipped cream, jello pistachio pudding and canned pineapple

It would also be fun to add mini marshmallows or sliced almonds for a little extra crunch.

green stuff in small white ceramic bowl with spoon in it

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

Have you ever had Green Stuff?

A few other easy recipes from my childhood that I still make are my husband’s fave, pickled eggs, and my favorite, chocolate chip banana bread.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Easy Green Stuff Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 3.4 oz. box of instant pistachio pudding
  • 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
  • 8 oz. container of Cool Whip I used lite


  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. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours
  5. Enjoy!



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  1. karen
    Tuesday,November 25, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    Regarding the Green Stuff.. A couple of hand fulls of pretzels in this is great. Weird, I know. But trust this stranger on the internet! ha

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 26, 2014 / 1:45 am

      Never would have thought of that Karen. I’ll trust you, a stranger on the internet, and give it a go. 😉


  2. Tuesday,November 25, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    My mom loves this stuff! I have no clue where she found the recipe for it, or if it’s something she always knew of, it just randomly showed up one holiday season, and she makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. It’s super easy, and no, not very good for you, but it has pineapple, so that has to count for something, right?! My mom goes back and forth between green and red. I asked for orange once, but she said that wasn’t festive enough, ha! My mom calls it “cottage cheese salad”, though – I think she forgot what the recipe called it years ago!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 26, 2014 / 1:52 am

      Ha…great story. I think it’s easy to get hooked on it and I’m not sure if it’s the taste, the ease of the recipe or the nutritious pineapple ;). Anyway, thanks so much for sharing your family’s Green Stuff story.


  3. MaryJean
    Tuesday,November 25, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Love the recipe, anything less than 5 ingredients is great! My baked beans is my signature. Sometimes I get tired of people asking me to bring it when I ask, “What do you want me to bring?” I just started making this Pumpkin Roll. It is delis because it has cream cheese in it, but that is the best part. I will have to write it down and send it to you. Oh, and my chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese and peanut butter frosting! Mmmm!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 26, 2014 / 1:57 am

      I know what you mean MJ. Sometimes you just want to make a different dish. Everyone usually has their favorites though and they look to that certain person to keep making it.

      Oooo, your pumpkin roll sounds yummy. My cousin used to make it years ago but it’s been so long since I’ve had it.
      All this talk of delicious desserts has made me hungry…I’m off to get a snack! 😉 Thanks for sharing.

  4. Shirlee
    Friday,November 28, 2014 / 11:19 am

    I’ve never heard of “green stuff” but I’ve made a few different fruit salads throughout the years that have cool whip and/or pudding in them. My 22 yr old son loves that kind of thing so I think he’d also like the green stuff.
    I love to bake and pumpkin pie is what I’m asked to bring to the table. Funny thing is, I don’t even like pumpkin pie.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,November 29, 2014 / 4:03 am

      I’m really surprised that so many have heard of it. I guess I live in a bubble. 😉 I would love to know if you make it and if your son likes it.
      I like to bake too but I’ve never baked pumpkin pie…my husband and I have never liked it. You are a good woman to make a dessert that you don’t like Shirlee. 😉

      It’s always great to hear from you.

  5. Monday,December 1, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Yes I remember green stuff! 🙂

    they often still have it in our grocery store deli section

    now if you are into old school jello recipes google Ribbon Jello ! 🙂 I remember making about 8 layers of that at the holidays and the kids loved it. But don’t make it and take it to a potluck picnic in the hot summer as the layers all slide off of each other. Ask me how I know, ha ha : )

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 2, 2014 / 1:11 am

      I didn’t know that you could find Green Stuff in the deli section. I’ll have to keep an eye out.

      I’ve never made ribbon jello but it looks fun. Thanks for the heads up on serving it in hot weather. Nothing like having your dessert melt into a puddle before you can eat it. LOL…too funny. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping in today Deb!

  6. Monday,December 1, 2014 / 5:38 pm

    I have had green stuff, not sure if it’s the same green stuff but I have always wondered what was in it. So now I know and can make my own 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 2, 2014 / 4:58 am

      Your welcome! So simple but so good. If you make it once I’m sure you’ll make it again. 🙂


  7. Kerry
    Monday,December 1, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    I made it for Thanksgiving this year. My recipe calls for miniature marshmallows as well. My mom used to make it but this is the first time for me. So easy but so good! With the lite cool whip I don’t really think it would be unhealthy. Better than pie, but I ate pie as well. LOL

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 2, 2014 / 4:52 am

      Marshmallows sound good Kerry. I’ve had another type of fruit salad with sour cream and marshmallows. I’ll have to try it next time.
      I ate pie and Green Stuff as well. I think you’re allowed extra desserts on Thanksgiving. 😉

      Thanks for dropping by today and sharing your tip.

  8. Monday,December 1, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    My grandmother used to make that for holiday dinners, and I haven’t seen it in so long. But, I do have Cool Whip and pineapple, and now I’m tempted to go pick up some pudding! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,December 2, 2014 / 4:55 am

      You must get some pudding Dee and make it. You must…;) I think my Aunt is the one who started our tradition. This is a tradition I’d like to keep too…yummy and easy. Doesn’t get any better.


  9. Tuesday,December 2, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    Hi Kristi, just came over from SSS. I’ve been around for awhile and this is called “Watergate Salad” because it was first served and was a signature salad at THE Watergate Hotel in Washington DC. Love this stuff and it’s just as good when you use sugar-free ingredients.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,December 3, 2014 / 5:03 pm

      Wow, thanks so much Debra. I don’t know why I never heard of that before. Now I’ll have to let my family know (also about the tip on sugar-free ingredients). 🙂

      Thanks for stopping over from SSS.


  10. plutrell
    Friday,December 5, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    So funny….I knew exactly what you meant when I saw the words GREEN STUFF…I have loved this dish for years. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 6, 2014 / 3:04 am

      Thank you for hosting Pam. Love coming to your Thursday Blog Hop! 🙂


  11. Friday,December 5, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, it looks simple and really good.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 6, 2014 / 3:05 am

      It is so easy and very good. Thanks for stopping by.


  12. Wednesday,December 10, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    We call it Watergate Salad in the South…we add marshmallows and pecans! Sooo good!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,December 10, 2014 / 10:40 pm

      Marshmallows and pecans do sound good Debbie. Thanks so much for the info on my Green Stuff and for stopping by.


  13. Saturday,December 13, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    This is so bizarre! For years my Aunt made this for all occasions – big or small. I named it Aunt Frances’s Green Stuff about 30 years ago and even though she is gone now everyone in the family still refers to it by the original name.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 14, 2014 / 4:43 pm

      Wow, so cool. That’s how it was in our family too and although I now know that it’s called Watergate Salad, it will always be Green Stuff to me.

      Thanks so much for sharing your Green Stuff story! 😉


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