Thursday, January 12, 2012

Watergate Salad

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 Watergate Salad or as I call it "I am not a crook" Watergate Salad was created in the 1970's by the Kraft Company.  It is a light and sweet tasting salad that is made with pistachio pudding, marshmallows, crushed pineapple and whipped cream.   Watergate is the name given to the political scandal in the United States in the 1970s, which led to the resignation of President Nixon.  Although the name Watergate Salad was not coined by the Kraft Company, the name stuck out of popularity and it is still enjoyed today at many potlucks and parties. I recently made this for my 1970's Disco themed party and we all enjoyed it very much.


Ingredients from the original Kraft Recipe:

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple with juice
1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1/2 cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping



Directions:
Combine the crushed pineapple with juice and the pistachio jell-o pudding  together until pudding is mixed in well.  Then add the marshmallows, pecans and cool whip topping and combine well.   Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Served chilled. Enjoy.



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23 comments:

  1. Interesting - I had absolutely never heard of it, since I grew up in Germany, post the 70s. I don't like pineapples, either, or marshmallows, so I'd probably not be into this. Pistachio though... yum! I didn't even know there was pistachio jell-o pudding!

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  2. This is such a yummy one...I would love to try it..U have made perfectly Dear..Bookmarking it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  3. my grandmother used to make something like this for easteR!

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  4. This sounds so cool, and the combination of flavors are amazing! All the cool stuff are in it!

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  5. Oh, I know I'd love this! Love crushed pineapple....mmmmmmm.

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  6. Mouthwatering recipe.......hmmmm yummy yummy

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  7. Yum! What a blast from the past! :) Love it.

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  8. I LOVE watergate salad! This looks just like we make at home! YUMM!!!

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  9. I remember the 70's but not this salad. Looks creamy and I like the pistachio and pineapple, sounds refreshing.

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  10. Had never heard of this salad. Sounds very delicious. Thanks for posting

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  11. Never heard of this salad,looks so creamy and delicious,will try it for sure.....

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  12. I have never had this salad, but after your post I really want to try it. I mean, it has pistachio pudding in it. :) Yum!

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  13. haha I've never heard this called watergate salad but I know exactly what it is from countless parties as a kid. Some kinda variation was around,sometimes with green jello or yellow jello instead of pudding. Oh kiddy memories. thanks for the nostalgia! :)

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  14. So retro--I love it! Seriously, I faintly remember this from my childhood but had forgotten all about it.

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  15. Pistachio is my FAVORITE pudding and ice cream flavor, this looks great!

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  16. I've had a box of pistachio pudding lurking in my cupboard for months. Now I know what to do with it.

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  17. i have had this in forever! A staple in the Midwest for most potluck occasions!

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  18. Girl - you just transported me back into the 70's! I remember when this recipe came out (yes, I was a teenager in the 70's). EVERYONE was making it. You couldn't have a holiday or go to a party without it being on the table. I have to admit that it was one of the dishes that actually made you feel guilty for liking it and I did like it! :) Good for you for bringing into the 21st century!

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  19. I have never heard of this - how fun!

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  20. Ramona....I'm with MJ! Transported right back to the '70s! This really was so popular back then. And I also remember making Jello pistachio pudding when I was a kid (using a hand held rotary beater!) LOL. How fun! I love this blast from the past....and will have to make it again soon! : )

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  21. I LOVE this salad! A perfect 70s dish...thanks for sharing!

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  22. I've never seen pistachio pudding before, but now I'm thinking I've got to make it!!! Thanks for the idea and the salad looks really good...that's my kind of salad!

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  23. Does it come with any tapes with 15 minute gaps? LOL. Just kidding. Looks great! ;.))))

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