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Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad is loaded with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows, and pecans. It’s perfect for s Spring get-together or mid-week dessert.

Growing up, salads that weren’t really salads were a staple at my Nana’s house. From Ambrosia Salad to Strawberry Pretzel Salad – these were the salads that I looked forward to at family gatherings, and Watergate Salad was no exception.

Nana and her friends always had their go-to recipes that they were famous for and could whip them up in no time flat for a church function, ailing friend, or family get-together. Nana was known for her cheesecake – usually cherry cheesecake, but switched up with other pie fillings depending on the season. Strawberries during spring, and lemon during the summer months.

Watergate Salad can be a dessert or afternoon snack. Perfect for friends.

Nana’s friend, Anita, always made an amazingly fluffy pistachio salad known as Watergate Salad. We come from a family that loves anything with pistachio pudding from pudding pie to Pistachio Pudding Parfaits, so naturally, I was obsessed with the stuff as a kid. When Fisher Nuts asked me to share a spring recipe with you, I knew exactly what I’d be making.

Pistachio pudding isn’t the only thing making this “salad” awesome. There’s crushed pineapple, fluffy marshmallows and whipped topping, and most importantly, crunchy chopped Fisher Pecans for just the right amount of texture.

I’ve tried this salad with and without pecans, and I have to tell you, it’s just much better with them. Pecans add a sweet, earthy flavor that makes all the others that much more delicious.

Watergate Salad will bring joy to your table. A creamy dish with beautiful texture.

Plus, you can’t beat a salad that comes together in a matter of minutes and just gets better with time. Make sure you mix up this Watergate Salad at least a few hours before you’d like to serve it. You’ll give the flavors time to meld and heighten – making for one amazing side dish that every party-goer will rave over.

If you’ve never tried Watergate Salad, you’ve got to make it immediately. And if you have tried it before, it’s time to revisit an old favorite.

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Watergate Salad also has crushed pineapple and miniature marshmallows. The pecans add a great crunch.

Watergate Salad

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Watergate Salad is loaded with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows, and pecans. It’s perfect for a Spring get-together or mid-week dessert.


  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 3.4-ounces packages instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 16 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup Fisher pecans


In a large bowl, stir together the pineapple and pistachio pudding mixes until combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the whipped topping until no streaks remain. Fold in marshmallows and pecans. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.


Refrigerate leftover Watergate Salad for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Information
Yield 16
Amount Per Serving Calories 165Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 26mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 14gProtein 1g

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Amy Ellestad

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Ok this sounds crazy but I omit the marshmallows and add cottage cheese . It’s been a family favorite for years. Thank you! 

Julie Hauer

Friday 26th of October 2018

Can u freeze Watergate salad?


Friday 26th of October 2018

Hello! I have never tried freezing it, so I am not sure how it will turn out. Let me know if you give it a go. :) -Jamie


Thursday 7th of June 2018

My Son asked me to make this- bought the stuff n noticed its a 15 1/4 oz can of pineapple- can i make it with just that much or do i need to get more?


Saturday 23rd of June 2018

Kathy- You should be fine with that amount! Thanks for stopping by! -Jamie


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

I love this “salad”!  Have you ever used pistachio nuts in the recipe rather than pecans?  Pistachio is my favorite albeit rare pudding go-to.  Extra pistachio would be amazing. Thanks for the nostalgia.  


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Yes, I have! It's delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Garda Clark

Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

What other pudding mixes could one use . This one looks so easy but people with nut allergies need another kind as well . Thanks


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Garda- You can honestly use whatever you like! Thanks for stopping by! -Jamie

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