Creamy, dessert like salad, filled with pineapple, pistachio flavor that is perfect as a side dish for any event. The best Watergate Salad is such a simple recipe, but such a classic favorite!

The Best Watergate Salad

Still holding onto what’s left of summer? You’re not alone.

And you’ll just love this Watergate Salad to pair with any summer BBQ or holiday meal! 

School is back in session here, but that doesn’t mean summer is over and we are taking advantage of every single last beautiful evening we can.

The weather has dropped a little and it’s simply gorgeous out there and it’s the perfect time to throw a Grilling Get Together!

What makes a grilling get together so great is that it’s so easy to do.

Throw some hot dogs and burgers on the grill, make up a couple of easy sides, like this best watergate salad and you have yourself a get together fit for a king (or just a few neighbors and friends).

When it’s time to whip up the side dishes for a grilling get together, I usually turn to the classics like cold pasta salads, potato salads, coleslaw, fresh fruit and other classic sides.  

I am truly a traditionalist and I love what I love.

One of our favorite sides we LOVE pairing our grilled items with, is this delicious Classic Watergate Salad and it’s SO easy to make.

Chances are your grandma has been making it for years, I know mine has and this recipe is truly the best.

Plus it can easily be doubled, tripled and prepared ahead if need be.


A true classic you will not be disappointed with.

Recipe for the Best Watergate Salad

The Best Watergate Salad

Classic Watergate Salad

Nicole Cook
A truly classic side dish perfect for any holiday or event!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 267 kcal


  • 4 ounce instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 20 ounce crushed pineapple with juice undrained
  • 1 cups miniature marshmallow
  • ½ cups walnuts chopped
  • 1 ¾ cups whipped topping


  • In a large bowl, stir the pudding mix and crushed pineapple together.
  • Fold in the marshmallows and chopped walnuts.
  • Mix everything until well blended.
  • Fold in the whipped cream and stir just until combined.
  • For best results, refrigerate at least 2 hours.


Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0.4mgSodium: 296mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 2gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy salad recipes, easy side dishes
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  1. marshmallow!crushed pineapple!this dish sounds as yum as it looks.Love the idea of it.Will try it soon 🙂

  2. marshmallow!crushed pineapple!this dish sounds as yum as it looks.Love the idea of it.Will try it soon 🙂

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