Watergate Salad

Hey there, foodie friends! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a blast from the past – the one and only Watergate Salad. This retro delight has been a crowd-pleaser for decades, and it’s about time you experience its irresistible charm. With a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and crunchy flavors, this salad (or should we say dessert?) is sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen repertoire.


  • 1 (3.4 oz) package of instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 (20 oz) can of crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup of miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup of whipped topping (or heavy cream, whipped)
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sweetened coconut (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the instant pistachio pudding mix and the crushed pineapple (with its juice) until well combined and thickened.
  2. Gently fold in the miniature marshmallows, chopped walnuts or pecans, and whipped topping until everything is evenly distributed.
  3. If using, sprinkle the shredded sweetened coconut on top and give it a gentle stir to incorporate it into the mixture.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the salad has set and chilled thoroughly.
  5. Give it a good stir before serving to redistribute the ingredients, and enjoy this delightful blast from the past!

Additional Tips

  • For an extra burst of flavor, you can add a splash of pineapple juice or a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mixture.
  • If you prefer a crunchier texture, consider adding some chopped pecans or walnuts just before serving.
  • Leftovers? No problem! This salad keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just give it a good stir before enjoying.
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Watergate Salad

Nutritional Value

While this salad may not be the healthiest option, it’s a sweet indulgence that’s worth the occasional treat. Keep in mind that it contains a good amount of sugar and fat from the marshmallows, whipped topping, and nuts. Enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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