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Watergate Salad aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight

An all-time favorite dessert is the deliciously creamy green Watergate salad, often called Pistachio Pineapple Delight or Green Fluff dessert salad, made from about seven ingredients such instant pistachio pudding, juicy pineapple, whipped topping, chopped pecans, colored mini marshmallows, topped with coconut flakes, and Maraschino cherries.

There are several myths behind the history of the famous Green Watergate Salad, aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight making their way around the web these days. When the archivist at The Kraft headquarters was asked to tell the real story behind the history of the Watergate Salad, she spilled the beans on this widespread Urban Food Myth we call Watergate Salad, aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight and the story behind it isn’t what you think it is.

 

 

An all-time favorite dessert is the deliciously creamy green Watergate salad, often called Pistachio Pineapple Delight or Green Fluff dessert salad, made from about 7 ingredientsAt some point during 1985 or maybe 1986, a recipe for Pistachio Pineapple Delight was featured on the back of the Pistachio Pudding package. The ingredients were the same minus the JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows.

In about 1993, the name of the recipe was changed to Watergate Salad, and the JET-PUFFED Miniature marshmallows were added to the dessert. When asked about the Watergate issue, it was stated that none of the Urban Legends could remotely be substantiated. Pretty cut and dry is what I would call that history. Maybe it’s a Watergate coverup? One will never know.

 

 

 

 

An all-time favorite dessert is the deliciously creamy green Watergate salad, often called Pistachio Pineapple Delight or Green Fluff dessert salad, made from about 7 ingredients

 
 
 

However, Did you know?…

  • In 1922 Helen Keller published a similar recipe, calling for canned diced pineapple, nuts, marshmallows, whipped cream, and other ingredients. Helen called the method “Golden Gate Salad”; the recipe had been published sometime in the 1910s, and “Golden Gate Salad” was served in some US hotels.
  • The Denver Post, in the Empire Magazine of June 27, 1976, published a recipe for Watergate Salad. Rumor had it at the time that Watergate salad was a concoction thought up by a sous chef at the famous Watergate Hotel.
  • Watergate Salad took off in popularity during and after the presidential scandal, which shares the same name. However, the Denver Post article does not verify this rumor, citing that like most sources that the origins of the name are obscure.
  • Advice columnists Anne Adams and Nan Nash-Cummings, in their “Anne & Nan” column dated October 9, 1997, stated that the name came from the  “Watergate Cake” The recipe came out during the Watergate scandal. The cake has a ‘cover-up’ icing and is full of nuts.” Both the cake and salad were part of a Watergate trend for recipes such as Nixon’s Perfectly Clear Consomme and Liddy’s Clam-Up Chowder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An all-time favorite dessert is the deliciously creamy green Watergate salad, often called Pistachio Pineapple Delight or Green Fluff dessert salad, made from about 7 ingredientsI was hoping for a tad more juicy history behind one of my favorite desserts; however, I’ll settle for mediocre, I guess, and enjoy eating my Watergate Salad, aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight and sharing the delicious recipe with you all today.

 

 

Items needed to make Watergate Salad

  • One can of 20-ounce crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 1-(3.4)- ounce JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
  • Three cups JET-PUFFED colored Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped Pecans
  • One and 1/2 cups whipped cream
  • Coconut flakes, optional
  • Maraschino cherries, optional

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 10 votes
An all-time favorite dessert is the deliciously creamy green Watergate salad, often called Pistachio Pineapple Delight or Green Fluff dessert salad, made from about 7 ingredients
Watergate Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Chill
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 
A deliciously creamy green Watergate salad, often called Pistachio Pineapple Delight or Green Fluff dessert salad, made from about 7 ingredients such instant pistachio pudding, juicy pineapple, whipped topping, chopped pecans, colored mini marshmallows, topped with coconut flakes, and Maraschino cherries.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecans, Pineapple, Pistachio, Watergate Salad
Servings: 8 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 1 can of 20-ounce crushed pineapple in juice undrained
  • 1-3.4- ounce JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 3 cups JET-PUFFED colored Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped Pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups whipped cream
  • ½ cup Coconut flakes optional
  • Maraschino cherry optional
Instructions
  1. Combine crushed pineapple in juice, JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding, JET-PUFFED colored Miniature Marshmallows and chopped Pecans.
  2. Stir in the whipped cream
  3. Refrigerate for about 1 plus hours before serving.
  4. Top with coconut flakes and Maraschino cherries before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments

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    DeliciousLittleBites
    June 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I have heard so much about this salad but have never tried it. Found this recipe and am looking forward to making this for my family soon!

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    Jen
    June 13, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    This totally takes me back to my childhood! There wasn’t a family reunion that this wasn’t served at. Love it!

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    Stephanie
    June 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    This salad looks fabulous and so simple to make. I never knew the history behind it though so thanks for sharing.

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    Kate
    June 13, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    This looks like such a fun recipe for summer, can’t wait to try this!

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    Sara Welch
    June 13, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    This is such a fun recipe and is always a hit! Love the use of chopped pecans and coconut!

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    Katie
    October 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Oh wow this recipe takes me back to some great memories! I can literally taste it by looking at your photos. Such nostalgia!

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    Sonia
    October 12, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    This looks so delicious and inviting! Love that it’s so easy to make… Will definitely try this soon 🙂

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    DeliciousLittleBites
    October 12, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve never had a Wategate salad or anything like this – definitely seems like one of those recipes you just have to try! I loved reading about the history of the salad – especially the cover up icing and full of nuts part – haha!

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    Natalie
    October 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Oh my… this looks really delicious. I bet my kiddo would love this. I’m saving the recipe to give it a try.

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    Real Food Real Deals
    October 12, 2018 at 11:39 am

    This looks so simple and fun! It’s great to see the history behind the recipe.

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