Watergate Salad – Spend With Pennies

This Watergate Salad recipe is as easy as it is delicious.

This is a simple pistachio fluff salad filled with crushed pineapple and pecans. It’s potluck perfect since it’s best made ahead of time

Watergate Salad with whipped cream and a cherry on top

What is Watergate Salad?

Watergate salad is also called Pistachio Delight or Shut the Gate Salad. It’s a dessert salad said to be named after the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, where it was served during weekend brunches.

The color and most of the flavor for this green fluff comes from pistachio pudding mix. Great next to a holiday meal, this recipe is pretty and nostalgic, like Kool-Aid pie or ambrosia salad.

  • Watergate salad is easy to make and perfect for any holiday table!
  • It’s easy to make in one bowl and without having to heat up the oven! Just mix and chill!
  • This dish is best made ahead of time, making it potluck perfect!
ingredients assembled to make watergate salad, including marshmallows, pistachio pudding, whipped topping, pecans, crushed pineapple, and maraschino cherries

Watergate Salad Ingredients

Some versions of Watergate salad use cottage cheese or cream cheese, but this recipe is simple and sweet.

Pistachio Base – Pistachio pudding mix adds a sweet, nutty flavor and a pretty green color to Watergate salad. Whipped topping makes it sweet and fluffy.

Mix-Ins—For sweetness and crunch, I add chopped nuts while crushed pineapple adds a citrusy tang.

Variations – Swap the pecans for crushed pistachios or walnuts. Stir in fruit cocktail for extra color.

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