Watergate Salad Recipe

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This easy and delicious Watergate Salad made with pistachio pudding, pineapple, whipped topping and marshmallows is a winner for potluck and family dinners.

My husband and I have a long standing joke that allows us to win every “newlywed game” we’ve ever played.

When I left for college I didn’t have any cooking skills to brag about. About all I knew about cooking was frying a hamburger and making a grilled cheese sandwich.

After I got married I had to read a lot of recipes and cookbooks to gain the skills I needed as a wife and mom.

Pistachio Fluff Salad

One of my first attempts at cooking was a colossal failure (there were probably more than that but this one reigns supreme.)

Mushroom strata. That was the name. 

My husband is not very demanding in the area of food, but this recipe was so horrid he remembers it to this day.

Pistachio Fluff Salad

Thus, when asked “what is the worst thing your wife has ever fixed” there is no doubt in his mind what to say.

Mushroom strata.

Score a point for the married couple of 26 years!

Fortunately for my husband and future children I did eventually learn to cook fairly well.

Pistachio Fluff Salad

One of my most cherished cookbooks is from the church where I grew up.

In it I wrote a recipe for “green salad” (otherwise known as Watergate Salad) passed down to me via a phone call from my mom as a newlywed.

Pistachio Fluff Salad 

Do your cookbooks look like this?

This page collected the remnants of recipes in past years. (For the Orange Fluff Jello Salad recipe go here.)

Pistachio Fluff Salad

Now my married daughter calls me.

I call myself google mama.

I’m thinking it’s not totally the recipe she’s calling for but maybe to hear the love in my voice as I encourage her in her walk as a faithful wife.

Rachel, I’ll love you forever. I cherish our phone calls.

Just stay away from the mushroom strata.

Watergate Salad Recipe
Easy to fix salad with pistachio pudding, pineapple and marshmallows.
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  1. 2 20-oz cans crushed pineapple (with juice)
  2. 2 3-oz boxes pistachio pudding mix
  3. 16 oz. whipped topping, thawed
  4. 1 10.5-oz pkg tiny marshmallows
  1. In large bowl mix together pineapple and pistachio pudding mix.
  2. Add thawed whipped topping and marshmallows until blended.
  3. Refrigerate until chilled and serve.
  1. I have used pineapple chunks before if I didn't have crushed pineapple.
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Pistachio Fluff Salad

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  1. Linda L Landers says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe for the recipe for pistachio salad-I’ve enjoyed at many pot-lucks-now I have the recipe-thanks, again, Ell Ell Ell

  2. I love you too Momma 🙂

  3. How many people does this serve? Will I need to double it for 30 people?

    • Hi, Amanda. You would definitely need to at least double it for 30 people and maybe even triple it. If it was something like a potluck dinner with several other dishes then doubling it should be fine. Good luck!

  4. Will this do well made the day before and then travel in a cooler for several hours?

    • Hi, Nancy. I think the salad does fine the day before but I’m not sure about traveling in a cooler unless you can keep it sealed tight with a lot of refrigeration. The salad keeps well but it can get a little mushy if it sits out a while. It will still tastes good but may not be pretty 🙂 Does that help?

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