This is a classic recipe. It is a Potluck and Buffet favorite!
It actually is NOT a salad, it is a dessert. So why is it called Watergate Salad?
There is not a clear answer. Here are some of the possibilities as to how it got it’s name:
- In Washington DC the Watergate Hotel apparently had a
“wonderful luncheon and a fabulous Manhattan”. They served the Watergate Salad as a
dessert and it caught on and was so named the Watergate Salad among ladies in the
DC area as that was the only place you could get it.
- Some have said it was named after the Nixon Watergate scandal because it is full of nuts.
- There is a claim that a food critic in Chicago renamed this dessert to generate more interest in their column, at the time of the Watergate Scandal.
- Kraft began marketing their new Pistachio Pudding in 1975 and they came up with a recipe called “Pistachio Pineapple Delight” however, soon they received many calls for the Watergate Salad recipe and so they kept it.
No matter what you call it, it is a tried and true recipe that everyone loves. This recipe is very easy to make. Make a big batch so there is plenty to go around!
Here is my version of the recipe:
- 1 (20 oz. can) Crushed Pineapple in Juice (do NOT drain)
- 1 (3.4 oz.) Package Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
- 2 Cups Mini Marshmallows
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
- 1-1/2 Cups Thawed Cool Whip Topping
1. In a large mixing bowl combine the Pineapple with Juice and the Dry Pudding Mix with a rubber spatula.
2. Fold in the Cool Whip.
3. Next Fold in the Marshmallows and the Pecans.
4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Recipe by: Hot Dish Homemaker