Grandma's 5-Minute Watergate Salad Recipe: It's Not Easter Without It by Donna John


Grandma's 5-Minute Watergate Salad Recipe: It's Not Easter Without It

Need another dessert for your Easter menu? This creamy dessert recipe takes me back to my childhood. My grandma always called it Watergate Salad, though it’s often referred to as pistachio fluff or just pistachio salad. I just call it dessert perfection!

This easy gluten-free Watergate Salad recipe has just five ingredients and takes less than five minutes to prepare. It's made with instant pistachio pudding mix, crushed pineapple with the juice, non-dairy whipped topping, chopped pecans and mini marshmallows. The low-sodium ingredients are dumped into a bowl, stirred together and refrigerated until ready to serve. Yep, it is the easiest dessert to make ever. 

Serve a big bowl of this fluffy old-fashioned Watergate Salad at your next family get-together! It is a Easter tradition at my house and my mother-in-law's house. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

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Recipe Notes

  • For a colorful, festive look, use the different colored pastel marshmallows.
  • Store the salad in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Do not drain the crushed pineapple. The juice is needed to create the right consistency.
  • Instead of pecans, you could use chopped pistachios.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. Mix well. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 110

Total Fat: 6.1g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 39mg

Total Carbohydrate: 13.4g

Dietary Fiber: 0.6g

Total Sugars: 10.6g

Protein: 0.9g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 4mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 20mg

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Chef Gigi
Does the name of this recipe have anything to do with the year the recipe what developed? ( Nixon years?) So cool! I love food history! I remember the late 60's and all through the 70's my Mom making Jello molds! Those were the good ol days! Donna John
Donna John
I'm pretty sure it does. May have to do some research!
Candy Stephens
Oh my goodness. I don't have this often but I seriously eat myself sick on it when I do! I love the way the marshmallows soften after a few hours!
Donna John
I grew up eating this, Candy Stephens . My grandma made it all the time. Love it!

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