When you live and cook below the Mason-Dixon line, you learn that there are many definitions of the word “salad”. There is tossed salad, which is the healthy green stuff topped with more veggies. There are veggie salads smothered in mayo and creamy dressings, such as potato salad and broccoli salad. There are fruit salads, but there is one more kind of salad that is not really a “salad” at all…dessert salads!
This recipe is definitely a DESSERT salad. My grandma on my dad’s side always had this for Christmas and that is where I first tried it many years ago. It only has 5 ingredients and takes only about 5 minutes to make. I do recommend you make it the day before you eat it so the flavors can really meld together.
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 3.4oz pkg pistachio instant pudding mix
20oz can crushed pineapple in juice, un-drained
1/2 cup chopped pecans
8oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
Combine pineapple with juice and pudding mix; stir to combine.
Add the whipped topping and stir.
Finally, mix in the marshmallows and nuts. Chill for several hours or overnight.