Pistachio Delight {Watergate Salad}

Can anyone tell me why this is called “Watergate Salad”? Hehe…I decided to change it to “Pistachio Delight” because, well….Watergate was a scandal, and this is more…delightful! This is an especially sweet Spring treat for the kidos…they love all the colors. Serve as a side or dessert, it will be sure to please the little ones {and bigger ones} at your table. 

Pour 1 pint whipping cream and 1/4 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl. 

Beat on high until soft peaks form like so…you can over beat, so be careful to stop when the whipping cream looks like the picture above.

Add 1 small box of instant Pistachio pudding mix.

Then add 1 can of fruit cocktail {you certainly may add fresh fruit instead-I have tried mandarine oranges and bananas}, 1 cup coconut, and one cup of multi colored marshmallows- be careful of tiny hands. {I had to hurry up and mix this, lol!}

Also add in crushed pineapple and nuts {optional}. You can do this in all one step, lol…

Stir by hand until all is combined.

LOVE! Wouldn’t this make such a sweet dish for a baby shower? The colors are so pretty…and it’s so delicious!  

Pistachio Delight {Watergate Salad}
Serves: 8
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 small box instant pistachio pudding
  • 1(20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz) can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 cup multi-colored marshmallows
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans {optional}
  1. Beat whipping cream and sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form.
  2. Add box of pistachio pudding and beat together.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.



  1. Omg’ness this stuff is da bomb. This is a must at our house – all year long. Our recipe is a little different. We use the pistachio pudding, cool whip, crushed pineapple and marshmallows. Going to fix some when I get home tonight.

    We also love pear salad – sliced pears, mayo and cheddar cheese.

  2. This is awesome! My grandma used to make this all the time and I never knew what it was called! I have been looking for a recipe to make it since nobody in our family had a copy – so THANK YOU!!!!

  3. Cassandra says:

    Watergate is the name of the hotel where the Nixon political scandal took place. But before that it’s restaurant was known for this yummy salad!

  4. My daughter saw this and said, “Mummy you need to make that.” Thanks for all the recipes. I love this website.

  5. Debbie Thomas says:

    Just making sure the pineapple in undrained?

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