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Easy Watergate Salad (5-ingredients)

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If you love a sweet salad filled with pineapple, marshmallows, pecans, Cool Whip, and pistachio pudding, then this Easy Watergate Salad is just perfect! A deliciously cool and creamy addition to any dinner plate, this salad is impressive yet very quick and easy with only 5 ingredients.

Easy Watergate Salad

Easy Watergate Salad

This incredibly easy Watergate Salad is perfect for your holiday dinner table, but you might also want to make it any weeknight just because it’s delicious. Simply toss the ingredients into a bowl, stir, and chill for a short time–so simple!

While you’re here, check out these other sweet salad recipes: Easy Orange Creamsicle Salad | Ambrosia Salad | Twix Caramel Apple Salad | Strawberry Pretzel Salad

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the watergate salad (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Instant pistachio Jell-O pudding mix
  • Canned crushed pineapple
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Chopped pecans
  • Cool Whip

ingredients to make Easy Watergate Salad

How to Make Easy Watergate Salad

Start by mixing together the dry pudding mix, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and chopped pecans.

stirring together pecans, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and Jello mix

Next, fold in the thawed Cool Whip until well combined.

watergate salad in a mint green bowl

Chill the watergate salad until you’re ready to serve.

Easy Watergate Salad with mini marshmallows and pecans

You may want to serve the salad in one large bowl, or you can scoop it into individual ramekins, cups, small bowls, or mugs. Individual servings are a really lovely presentation!

Easy Watergate Salad in glass mugs

Substitutions and Toppings

Nuts – Instead of pecans, you could use chopped walnuts or pistachios.

Whipped cream – If you prefer real whipped cream to Cool Whip, you can definitely use your homemade whipped cream instead.

Toppings – For an extra pretty touch, top the watergate salad with a big dollop of Cool Whip and a maraschino cherry (or a few!).

Easy Watergate Salad

How to Store Leftovers

Keep the leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Easy Watergate Salad

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Easy Watergate Salad

Published By Jill
If you love a sweet salad filled with pineapple, marshmallows, Cool Whip, and pistachio pudding, then this Easy Watergate Salad is just perfect! A deliciously cool and creamy addition to any dinner plate, this salad is impressive yet very quick and easy.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3.4 ounce package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple not drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 8 ounce container Cool Whip thawed

Instructions
 

  • Start by mixing together the dry pudding mix, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and chopped pecans. 
  • Next, fold in the thawed Cool Whip until well combined.
  • Chill the watergate salad until you're ready to serve.
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Love this watergate salad! hit so many of my loves!5 stars

Wonderful salad

I’ve been making this for years every special holiday meal. I always use the coloured marshmallows and a can of very cherry fruit cocktail in too with the crushed pineapple. Sometimes a handful of sweetened coconut. Very versatile.

sounds great!!!think I will try it for Christmas….5 stars

I have been looking for this recipe for years! I remember that my grandmother made this and I loved it!5 stars

Can this be made the day before serving?

Hi Michelle…YES! I always make this the day before serving.

I have also made this for many years.  Since the younger ones didn’t care for the pecans, I stopped putting them in.  Also, I use extra creamy cool whip. It adds to the flavor.  And, I add more marshmallows than the recipe calls for.  The younger ones like that.  I always double the recipe, so there is extra.  If there is any still left the next day, I add some more cool whip to it, to fluff it up some more.  It tastes as good as the first day!

I am differently going to try this. It looks and sound delicious

I loved this in the 70’s!! I haven’t had it in years but will be making it for sure!5 stars

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