This is a light and fluffy dessert salad based on pistachio pudding; the pudding is made lighter with the addition of whipped topping. Add an extra can of mandarin oranges, if you like.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dump instant pudding into a large mixing bowl. Add pineapple, and mix well. Mix in whipped topping. Stir in bananas, marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and mandarin oranges. Cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

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Nutrition Facts

445 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 79.8g 26% DV; fat 14.8g 23% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 269.3mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (263)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2005
A tip: IF YOU DON'T WANT THE BANANAS TO TURN BROWN SOAK THEM IN THE PINEAPPLE JUICE AND ADD A SPLASH OF LEMON JUICE WHILE YOU PREPARE THE DISH. I promise they will not turn brown. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/03/2005
I really liked the flavor of this salad I left out the pineapple I think I'll leave it in next time. Also some nuts would be swell too. Read More
(7)
352 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 269
  • 4 star values: 66
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2005
A tip: IF YOU DON'T WANT THE BANANAS TO TURN BROWN SOAK THEM IN THE PINEAPPLE JUICE AND ADD A SPLASH OF LEMON JUICE WHILE YOU PREPARE THE DISH. I promise they will not turn brown. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2005
Very easy. Do not make the mistake I made and try to do when frozen whipped topping is not completely thawed--it gave me awful consistency (very watery) The second time I made it, I let it completely thaw and it was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2005
This is one of those recipes either you love it or you hate it. I happened to like it but felt it was a little sweet. The bananas are a must - just add them right before serving. But even brown they still taste good. I agree with another poster who said 8 oz. of cool whip would be plenty. I added chopped pecans which I felt was a worthy addition. This makes a ton! I doubled the recipe for a pot luck and couldn't fit it in the biggest bowl I own! The recipe as written definitely serves more than indicated. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2005
This is an excellent fruit salad. I especially love it because it's so versatile. I've made this several times & each time I did something different. I'm not always in the mood for the marshmallows & they can be left out with still wonderful results. By using the pineapple pudding & whipped topping as a start you can pretty much add whatever you want (or have on hand). Delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2004
I made this for a luncheon as well as for my family and everyone LOVED it! I added some extra pineapple and mandarin oranges. Definitely use the juice from the fruits (try adding a little at a time) as it makes it SO creamy. This is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2005
This fruit salad is awesome! I am usually not particularly fond of fruit salads but I was very intrigued by all the rave reviews. So I tried it and it is irresistible! My husband also loved it. In preparation I used 8 oz. of Cool Whip instead of 12 oz. it just looked and tasted perfect with the 8 oz. so I went with it. Also I was gonna wait and put the bananas in right before serving it so they wouldn't turn brown or mushy but I forgot to add them and it still turned out perfect without them! I used 1 cup of colored marshmallows and 1 cup of white marshmallows - perfect! Definitely a 5 star recipe! You won't be sorry you tried this recipe.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2004
Easy and delicious! I substituted a tropical fruit mix for the fruit cocktail and forgot to add the bananas (was waiting until right before I served it to do so and it slipped my mind). Very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2005
My husband really likes this and he typically doesn't like sweets. I would use less marshmallows and maybe more fruit and not so much cool whip--I used low fat cool whip and sugar free pistachio mix. It was great!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Absolutely love this. I make this any chance I get. Everyone comments on how good it is. Wouldnt change a thing but sometimes I omit the bananas it doesnt make much of a difference with or without them just bananas get kinda mushy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/03/2005
I really liked the flavor of this salad I left out the pineapple I think I'll leave it in next time. Also some nuts would be swell too. Read More
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