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Old-Fashioned Watergate Salad Recipe

Watergate Salad is a creamy and fluffy concoction that has been a staple on holiday tables for generations. Not only is the recipe uniquely delicious, but the mystery behind it is fascinating too!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 227 kcal


  • Large bowl


  • 8 oz Cool Whip (one small container)
  • 1 package pistachio pudding mix 3.4oz box
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Shredded coconut optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure that pineapple is drained first.
    glass mixing bowl with cool whip, fruits, and nuts
  • Stir to fold ingredients together so that pudding dissolves completely and the nuts and marshmallows are evenly distributed.
    mixing up green fluff salad
  • I recommend covering and placing in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes to an hour -- I think it gives the flavors a little extra time to meld together. However, you can serve immediately if you like.


Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 167mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 89IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fluff, fruit, salad
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