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Watergate Salad Recipe

Watergate Salad

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"Cool and creamy, great for summer and holidays. Kids love to make and eat this! HINT: Have them decorate the top with cherries and coconut to look like a face!"

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  • PREP

    10 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and pineapple; mix well. Add marshmallows and 3/4 of the container of dessert topping (add more to get a creamier consistency). Toss in the coconut; mix well. Transfer to a serving dish and top with halved cherries and any extra coconut. Chill for at least an hour before serving. Will be good the next day.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 18, 2003

This is a great recipe for watergate salad! I tried it once with regular pistachio pudding and the next time with sugar free. DEFINITELY use REGULAR pudding. The after taste of the sugar free is TERRIBLE! I didn't feel that the coconut added much taste & I will probably eliminate it next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 03, 2008

This was ok, I made it to add to Thanksgiving dinner and most everyone thought it was too sweet and not enough fruit. It didn't hold up for left overs at all either, but that wasn't unexpected considering the marshmallows.

Oct 15, 2005

I've tried several versions of this recipe, but this one is the best. My husband and daughter are not big fans of maraschino cherries so I substituted a small can of mandarin oranges, (minus the juice) sliced in half. It's so light and tasty - we couldn't help going back for seconds!!

Nov 21, 2005

This is an awesome recipe. I had coconut and nuts on the side, so each individual could put what they wanted. It tastes excellent without. Add a few more cherries for Christmas coloring. Everyone loved it!!! I even modified the recipe to feed 25. I love this site.

Dec 13, 2004

Overall I thought that it turned out nice. I left out the marshmallows which for my family was a plus. I think next time I will add a little more pudding mix.

Feb 02, 2005

This was just like my Grandma's.

Jan 24, 2005

My husband is not a big fan of Pistachio pudding so when I made this I didn't tell him what was in it till he raved about how great it was!! He also mixed it with alittle ice cream (he said it went good together).I think I got a couple of scoops-he couldn't stop eating this!!! He loved it, thanks for the recipe!

Dec 07, 2005

Outstanding as always, however, I left out the nuts for my family's taste, and I used a whole 8 ounce container of cool whip for extra creaminess and a 20 ounce can of pineapple. It was great!


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  • Calories
  • 372 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 61.3 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 263 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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