Watergate Salad Recipe

Watergate Salad

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Refrigerate: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
223 Calories
11g Fat
31g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 223
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 152mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Watergate salad made its debut on the American food scene in the mid-1970s. Although I'm hard-pressed to find a connection between this sweet and creamy Jell-O and Cool Whip salad and the Watergate Hotel break-ins, perhaps there is one. Or perhaps the Watergate salad recipe got its name from another source.

The traditional version of this salad includes pistachio pudding, pineapple, marshmallows, nuts, and Cool Whip. This recipe also includes coconut, just because I like it. No worries if you don't have Jell-O brand; this will work fine with whatever pudding or pie filling brand you have on hand.

Lastly, this recipe can be made up to a day in advance, which definitely helps if you're serving this at a get-together.


  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple

  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package instant pistachio pudding and pie filling

  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping , such as Cool Whip, thawed

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Drain the pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of the juice.

  3. Place the pineapple and reserved juice in a large bowl. Add the pudding mix, miniature marshmallows, pecans, and coconut. Stir well.​

  4. Gently fold in the whipped topping until the mixture is well combined but not soupy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.