Watergate Salad Recipe

Watergate Salad with extra marshmallows and chopped pistachios. Photo courtesy of www.ihearteating.com

The Proof is
in the Pudding

The Watergate Salad recipe is an old favorite pudding-fruit-nut-marshmallow dessert, a popular holiday, BBQ and picnic food idea. It's easy on your busy schedule because it calls for ready-made ingredients.

Any relation to the infamous Watergate political scandal? The proof is in the pudding. Originally the dessert was called Pistachio Pineapple Delight. It was created and named by the Kraft Food Company in 1975, the year they first developed pistachio instant pudding mix.

So, how on earth did it get to be called Watergate Salad? According to legend, a Chicago food editor changed the name of it in her column, to elicit interest in the recipe. Indeed, the era was rife with Watergate-named recipes, even cookbooks.

Kraft eventually decided to go with the flow and rename the dessert-salad, after consumers kept asking them for the recipe by the Watergate name. And so it remains on the Kraft web site to this day.

Hmmm... salad and dessert. Hey, this really is a time-saver!

Watergate Salad

1 (9-ounce) carton whipped topping
1 small box instant pistachio pudding
1 (1-pound) can crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup broken nuts


Combine the whipped topping and instant pudding. Add the pineapple, with juice. Stir in marshmallows and nuts. Chill.

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