The real crux of the favors you’re looking for here in this salad is the crushed pineapple with the pistachio pudding mix. If you prefer a more natural route you should be much more careful about how long you let this recipe sit out.
The name just stuck, and now this is a popular salad for potlucks and parties across the country. You can also make it more indulgent by mixing half cream cheese (or cottage cheese) with half whipped cream, then adding the pistachio pudding mix.
Serve Watergate salad in a graham cracker crust to make a pistachio pie. If you’ve accidentally drained it, add some water (or pineapple juice if you have it), according to the pudding mix directions.
The syrup will be too thick and won’t work with the pudding mix as well as the juice, and the salad will turn out too sweet. Chocolate PuddingBread PuddingGooey Monkey Breadboard Winning Gingerbread Cookies Additional Mix-In Ideas: You can add other toppings to this salad like mini chocolate chips, walnuts, shredded coconut, crushed pistachios, or sliced bananas.
Add more maraschino cherries to the recipe just be sure to rinse them well then dry them well, so the mixture doesn’t turn brown. But green + spots of red = cute Christmas tree dessert.
WatergateSalad is a holiday retro dessert called pistachio fluff with pistachio pudding mix, cool whip, marshmallows, pineapple and maraschino cherries! Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
This vintage WatergateSalad recipe is a classic 5-minute side dish or easy dessert that has been loved for generations! The sweet, creamy, and fluffy pistachio salad with pineapple, coconut, pecans and maraschino cherries is a perfect treat for just about any occasion.
WatergateSalad is a dessert salad that has been popular since the 1970s, with the release of pistachio pudding mix. Some say that an unnamed Chicago food editor renamed it WatergateSalad to promote interest in the recipe when she printed it in her column.
WatergateSalad is very similar to Ambrosia Salad, with the sweet, creamy, and fruity combination of pineapple, marshmallows and coconut. It's one of those dishes that everyone loves, it can be prepared in advance, and it only takes about 5 minutes to stir together.
Gently fold in the Cool Whip, cover, and refrigerate the salad for at least 1 hour. When you're ready to serve the dish, garnish with maraschino cherries for a pretty pop of color and a bit of added flavor.
I've used sugar-free pistachio pudding and sugar-free Cool Whip for a lighter salad recipe. How to make Watergate Salad fluffy: Do not thaw the Cool Whip on the countertop.
Any nuts will work in this salad, so feel free to swap out the pecans and use walnuts, almonds or pistachios instead. If you're looking for a similar green fruit salad, you can try this version with lime Jell-O and cottage cheese.
1 (20 ounces) can crush pineapple, NOT drained 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant pistachio pudding (or use a 1-ounce box of sugar-free instant pudding) 1 cup miniature marshmallows ½ cup chopped pecans ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed Maraschino cherries, for topping In a large bowl, stir together pineapple (and its juice), dry pudding mix, marshmallows, pecans and coconut.
How to make Watergate Salad fluffy: Do not thaw the Cool Whip on the countertop. Any nuts will work in this salad, so feel free to swap out the pecans and use walnuts, almonds or pistachios instead.
In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, pineapple, marshmallows and pecans until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping.
DIRECTIONS Stir pudding mix, pineapple with juice, marshmallows and nuts in a large bowl until well blended. Refrigerate one hour or until ready to serve.
Serving up this fresh and fruity salad is crazy easy. Not only will you be filling your dessert with useless sugar, but it’ll also turn out way too sweet.
Pineapple has enzymes that won’t react well with the whipped topping, and you’ll be left with a soupy mess. It’s an affordable recipe, so I recommend you go for gold and buy name brand.
But I’ve tried a few, including walnuts, and my family didn’t care for it. The taste of the walnuts was too earthy for the salad, and I didn’t find that it was successful.
Whipping up this simple salad doesn’t require any special tools. Your scrumptious salad will stay fresh and yummy in the fridge for 1-2 days when stored properly.
I like to store mine in the serving bowl covered in saran wrap. Unfortunately, the pudding and fruit just don’t freeze well, but it only takes about 5 minutes to whip up this salad making it perfect for those last-minute afterthoughts, too.
Whether you’ve got a school event, a potluck, or a last-minute dinner invitation, it’s easy to toss together this salad recipe. Prepare the salad, cover it in plastic wrap, then let it sit overnight in your refrigerator.
If you prepare this salad the same day, it will end up tasting like unprepared pudding. So you’re depending on the whipped topping to bring the flavors of the fruit and pudding mix together.
Your nuts will stay crunchy and your cherries won’t change the color of your Watergate salad if you add them right before you serve your guests. This insanely DE- list Watergate salad is ideal for summer potlucks and backyard barbecues.
It serves well in a large glass bowl garnished with pecans and cherries. You can also serve it as a retro dessert in some pretty little glasses or pudding cups.
Swap out the pudding for sour cream and add some shredded coconut for a beautiful ambrosia salad. A few simple swaps and the addition of lime jello will give you a classic sea foam salad perfect for warm-weather get-togethers.
Use mayo and veggies instead of pudding and fruit to make a sweet Hawaiian salad that will knock your socks off. Print Recipe Recipe This light and fluffy Watergate salad is a fresh and fruity rendition of the classic picnic grade recipe that’ll make you famous for your dessert salads.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together Pistachio pudding, drained pineapple, 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice, marshmallows, and 1/2 cup pecans. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media/website/blog is strictly prohibited.
You are going to love the refreshing flavor of this beautiful salad that will make you potluck famous as it gets requested over and over again.