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Watergate Salad Recipe

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Watergate Salad (Pistachio Fluff Salad) is known as the perfect dish for potlucks because it’s EASY and inexpensive! Don’t leave home without it!

A bowl of food on a plate, with Watergate salad

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.

A bowl of food on a table, with Watergate 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

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!

A bowl of food on a plate, with Watergate salad

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

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.)

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.

A bowl of food on a table, with Watergate salad

Watergate Salad Recipe

Easy to fix salad with pistachio pudding, pineapple and marshmallows.
Calories 3437kcal
Author Marty's Musings


  • 2 20- oz cans crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 3- oz boxes pistachio pudding mix
  • 16 oz. whipped topping thawed
  • 1 10.5- oz pkg tiny marshmallows


  • In large bowl mix together pineapple and pistachio pudding mix.
  • Add thawed whipped topping and marshmallows until blended.
  • Refrigerate until chilled and serve.



I have used pineapple chunks before if I didn't have crushed pineapple.

Want some more easy recipe ideas? Try my 4 Ingredient Fruit Salad, Orange Fluff Jello Salad or my Cranberry Apple Casserole.

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  1. 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

    1. 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!

    1. 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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