The Original Watergate Salad

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


A delicious light and fluffy salad or dessert made with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows, nuts, and cool whip. It can be whipped up in a snap. Perfect for potlucks! A taste of heaven on earth.


  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 (8-ounce) container of cool whip thawed 
  • 1 (heaping) cup of miniature marshmallows 
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Stemmed maraschino cherries for garnish if desired


  1. In a glass serving bowl, mix crushed pineapple and juice with pistachio pudding mix. Stir pudding is completely dissolved and mixture is smooth. 
  2. Next, fold in the thawed cool whip. Gently fold until pudding and cool whip is completely blended.
  3. Add miniature marshmallows and pecans. Cover and chill until salad is set. About 25 minutes or until ready to serve.
  4. When ready to serve, garnish with stemmed cherries and extra chopped pecans if desired.


Do ahead tip: Watergate Salad can be made up 2 days ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.