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Watergate Salad Recipe

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watergate salad

Watergate Salad

Stephanie Gallagher
Watergate salad made its debut on the American food scene in the mid-1970s. Although I'm hard-pressed to find a connection between this sweet and creamy Jello and Cool Whip salad and the Watergate Hotel break-ins, perhaps there is one. Or perhaps the Watergate salad recipe got its name from another source.

The traditional version of this salad includes just pistachio pudding, pineapple, marshmallows, nuts and Cool Whip. This recipe also includes coconut, just because I like it.

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  • 1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
  • 1 3.5 oz. package pistachio pudding and pie filling
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed


User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
The coconut really adds something special, Member mayofam2

The Watergate salad that I remember from childhood had coconut like this recipe. Recipe books that I searched omitted it. I was happy to find this version.

5 out of 7 people found this helpful.

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