Watergate Salad…a family favorite

Watergate salad

Watergate salad

If you would like a quick and light desert, you should try Watergate Salad.  My mom used to make it in the late 70’s.  She also made Watergate Cake. She worked in a factory and they had a lot of potlucks and traded recipes.  I started wondering how it got its name and I was thinking that Jello pistachio pudding came out about then, so I “Binged” it:

” Kraft Foods developed the salad under the name of Pistachio
Pineapple Delight. The pistachio pudding was made in 1975, during the same time
as Watergate, thus the salad got the same name from a food editor.”

Imagine that…I was right!  Well it is really fast to make, so here are the directions.

You will need:

1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple in juice

1 (3.4 oz) Jello pistachio instant pudding

1 cup of miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup of chopped pecans

1 1/2 cups of Cool Whip (thawed)

Watergate salad

Watergate salad

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl (yes, use the juice of the pineapple)

Watergate salad

Watergate salad

Add the Cool Whip

Watergate salad

Watergate salad

Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

One of the good things about this salad is that if you have some marshmallow that are getting a little hard, the juice from the pineapple will soften them right up!  The dark green on top is some green sugar I sprinkled on to give it some color.  I was thinking that I should have posted this for St. Patrick’s Day.  Maybe I’ll post the Watergate cake in March.

There you have it…a little history with your dinner…

One response »

  1. Thanks for the blast from the past post. My mother made the cake and the “salad” and loved taking it to potlucks. I belong to a group that makes quilts and knitted wares to give to newborn babies. For the lunch break each month these women bring the jello “salads” (as did my mother) just loving them. I loved them as a child but not so much anymore but still a fond memory.

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