Watergate Salad {Pistachio Pineapple Delight}

The Denver Post, in the Empire Magazine of June 27, 1976 published a recipe for Watergate Salad. Watergate salad was a concoction thought up by a sous chef at the Watergate Hotel. It was then served at brunch on most weekends. Kraft Corporate Affairs, however, claims to have developed the recipe, but called it by another name. They said, "We developed the recipe for Pistachio Pineapple Delight. It was in 1975, the same year that pistachio pudding mix came out." Kraft, however, didn't refer to it as Watergate Salad until consumers started requesting the recipe for it under the name. (source)
I like this version, which uses whipping cream rather than Cool Whip.

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 or pistachios {optional}

Beat whipping cream and sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form.
Add box of pistachio pudding and beat together.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

1 comment:

  1. I love Watergate salad! I make something similar but with lime jello instead of pistachio pudding.