Watergate Salad is an easy potluck go to recipe straight from Grandmas era. Pistachio pudding with folded in whipped toppings and nuts take me right back to being 10 years old again.
When I was a little girl I could always count on my grandma to make the best meals. And while the food was typically the same menu (after all, she didn’t have Pinterest), it was always amazing.
This scandalous watergate salad just reminds me of being free, of stealing a marshmallow out of a bowl, of playing in the back yard and it was literally at every family function till grandma stopped cooking.
I hope you fill find this retro fruit salad recipe as enjoyable as I do and it makes your next picnic super special!
Watergate Salad Recipe
Watergate salad is a fluffy, light and flavorful salad that has been on the holiday table for many generations. Pass down this watergate recipe to your kids and keep the tradition going! I know that we will be making it this Thanksgiving! Over the years this recipe has been altered a thousand times and some add cherries or cottage cheese to it as well. I recommend making a simple watergate salad recipe first and then decide what variations you would love.
- 1 can, 20 oz, crushed pineapple (do not drain)
- 1 small package, 3.4 oz, pistachio pudding
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided
- 1 small tub, 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
How to make Watergate Salad
Fact: Yep, Watergate salad is thought to have actually been named after Watergate.
It was originally a Kraft recipe and published under an entirely different name; Pistachio Pineapple Delight. But after a republication in a newspaper and a cheeky editor got a hold of it, the name became Watergate and has been a part of baby showers, weddings, and grandmas picnics ever since.
Place pineapple and pudding into a mixing bowl and mix well.
Add all your marshmallows and all but 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (which you will save till the end)
Mix all your ingredients thoroughly.
Fold in whipped topping with a spatula so it does not get overmixed.
Refrigerate your Watergate Salad Recipe for 4 hours or overnight.
Serve chilled with remaining chopped pecans and add cherries for a splash of pretty red color!
Watergate Salad Variations
There are many variations with watergate salad that include mandarin oranges, cottage cheese and cream cheese.
Need more side dish options?
- 1 can 20 oz, crushed pineapple (do not drain)
- 1 small package 3.4 oz, pistachio pudding
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans divided
- 1 small tub 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
- Place pineapple and pudding into a mixing bowl and mix well. Add marshmallows and all but 1 tablespoon chopped pecans. Mix well. Fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Serve with remaining chopped pecans.