This Watergate salad recipe is easy and a delicious treat!
You may know this recipe by a different name, as each region seems to refer to it as something different:
- Green Goddess
- Pistachio Delight
- Shut The Gate Salad
- Green Goop
- Green Fluff
- Green Stuff
- Golden Gate Salad
I’m not sure why salad is part of the name, it’s more of a dessert than a salad. The only thing “green” is the pistachio pudding.
It’s one of the quickest to prepare desserts, making it perfect for unexpected company, or just to make on a whim to satisfy the sweet tooth.
A co-worker at work brought it in one day; I had totally forgotten about it, so I am sharing here to bring back this blast from the past!
Watergate Salad Recipe Ingredients:
- 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained. (You can also use mandarin oranges)
- 1 pkg. ( 3.4 oz.) Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding.
- 1 cup Miniature Marshmallows.
- 1/2 cup chopped Pecans. (Nuts are optional)
- 1-1/2 cups thawed Whipped Topping.
Watergate Salad Recipe Directions:
Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl.
Stir in COOL WHIP.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
There are many urban legends on where it got its name. I don’t pretend to know the answer.
Here are the legends, in case you want to research it while your Watergate Salad cools in the fridge.
- 1975, Pistachio Pudding was introduced, Kraft published a recipe by the name of Pistachio Delight, using their new pudding.
- June 27, 1976, The Denver Post, in the Empire Magazine published a recipe for Watergate Salad the rumor was it was concoction thought up by a sous chef at the Watergate Hotel.
- There was that whole Nixon Presidential Scandal around the same time this recipe came out.
- Anne Adams and Nan Nash-Cummings, advice columnists, in their “Anne & Nan” column of October 9, 1997, reported that name came from the similar “Watergate Cake” (which shares most of the same ingredients).
- In 1922 Helen Keller published a similar recipe, calling for canned diced pineapple, nuts, marshmallows, whipped cream and other ingredients. “I ate it first in California, so I call it Golden Gate Salad”.