Watergate Salad

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16 servings, 1/2 cup (125 mL) each

When this sweet "salad" was created in the 1970s, it was called Pistachio Pineapple Delight. Somehow it took on the name of an infamous Washington, D.C., hotel. Either way, it's still a must-have side for the holiday roast.

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  • Combine ingredients.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour.

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Food Facts

Originally called Pistachio Pineapple Delight, this recipe was created in the 1970's to celebrate the introduction of Jell-O Pistachio Instant Pudding. How the Watergate Salad recipe got its current name remains somewhat of a mystery. Some believe it's linked to the infamous American political scandal while others attribute it to the Watergate Hotel. Despite the debate, everyone does agree on one thing - it's a simply delicious recipe!

Serving Suggestion

Serve as a salad with cold sliced cooked chicken or as a dessert on its own.


  • 16 servings, 1/2 cup (125 mL) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings, 1/2 cup (125 mL) each
Calories 180
% Daily Value
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 170mg
Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary fibre 1g
Sugars 23g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 8 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 2 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • micar45@telus.net |

    Made this recipe the first time for Christmas Eve. I cut it in half . this is the easiest , fastest salad to make. Everyone loved it and my husband has requested it for New Years day. He doesn't cook but has even offered to make this. It is simply delicous and adefinete keeper!!!!! c in calgary

  • edithbeerda |

    This is a recipe I've made for many years. Always a popular addition to any meal....can be a fruity salad, or can be a dessert. I usually make it in the summertime...and is always gone...no leftovers to take home.

  • smkleefman@hotmail.com |

    Love this - I also add a bit of shredded coconut - mmmmmmm!