Watergate Salad

My sister Mary has been making this “salad” for at least 25 years. We always called it “green fluff” or at least I did! I recently thought about “green fluff” or Watergate Salad and realized I haven’t eaten or made this salad in many years. So, I decided to throw caution to the wind and make it again. I was also very curious to see if “green fluff” was still as good as I had remembered. It definitely was.

Easy Peasy

The directions for this salad are so easy that I’m sure a five year old could make it. One package of pistachio flavored (dry) pudding and pie mix is combined with a tub of cool-whip. Add some mini marshmallows, a large can of drained crushed pineapple and you’re all set. I like to add some chopped pecans, preferably toasted, because I like the crunch and nuttiness they add.

watergate salad

Some History

Kraft Foods debuted its bright green instant pistachio pudding mix in the 1970s and promoted a recipe using the pudding mix called Pistachio Pineapple Delight. It’s believed that a crafty editor at a Chicago newspaper reprinted the recipe but renamed it “Watergate Salad,” and the new name stuck. (Info from Serious Eats)

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Watergate Salad

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  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice, drained
  • 1 3.4 oz packages pistachio flavored instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped topping, thawed


  • Combine first 4 ingredients.
  • Fold in cool whip.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
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is the perfect way to serve ham this Easter. Baste with a maple glaze while baking or while on the rotisserie and then served with a delicious raisin sauce. Left-overs made delicious sandwiches or chopped up and added to quiche or omelettes. For this recipe we used crushed pineapple from DolePistachio Flavored Instant Pudding and Cool Whip Whipped Topping. A delicious and sweet fluffy salad.