Easy Watergate Salad

Easy Watergate Salad
Easy Watergate Salad
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This Easy Watergate Salad is an easy dessert salad recipe that is sweet and delicious. Make this salad for a party or a potluck for a decadent salad that only calls for five ingredients. You simply need to combine canned pineapple, marshmallows, prepared instant pistachio pudding mix, and chopped nuts before folding whipped topping into the mixture. This tasty salad is perfect for a crowd because it is easy to make, budget-friendly, and simple to double. You could easily customize this recipe for Easy Watergate Salad by using chopped pecans instead of chopped walnuts. If you would like the salad to have a smoother consistency, you could also use crushed pineapple instead of pineapple chunks. Once you make this easy dessert salad recipe, you will realize how effortlessly you can change it to suit your tastes. The salad is sweet and creamy on its own, but we suggest serving it with a dollop of whipped cream on top for a truly unbeatable treat.


Check out our instructional video for how to make Easy Watergate Salad:


  • 1 (3-ounce) box pistachio pudding mix, plus the required ingredients
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks


  1. Make the pudding as directed, then fold in the Cool Whip.

  2. Stir in walnuts, pineapple chunks, and mini marshmallows.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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My family enjoys shredded coconut instead of the marshmallows, and crushed pineapple iinstead of chunks. Good eating !

Yum! This tastes just like the kind my aunt used to make. However, the pineapple chunks were kind of weird. I'm using crushed pineapple next time. And more marshmallows!

Absolutely delicious! Took a few minutes and it really looks impressive.

I'm not the biggest fan of pistachio, but I thought I'd give this dessert a try. I'm so glad I did... it was delicious! The flavor is a tasty mix of mild pistachio, whipped topping and marshmallow, and the nuts added great texture! Would definitely make this again!

I don't even like nuts, but I still loved this dessert!

I really enjoyed this watergate salad! I love the pistachio flavor and the texture that the nuts and marshmallows give this dessert salad. It would taste even better with some shredded coconut folded in!

This is delicious! The name "salad" alarmed me at first because I do not like salad. However, I love the ingredients in THIS type of salad very much. )

I haven't made this salad in years! It is sooooo yummy! Will have to pick up the ingredients and make a bowl!


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