Watergate Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

Pistachio Watergate Salad is a quick and easy dessert and kids love it!  Serve this salad for any holiday or to your family anytime for a treat.  Pistachio salad is also called Watergate salad and is an old-fashioned recipe that has been around for many years.  Children as well as adults will love this simple salad and it is wonderful to make ahead of time for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter as it keeps well refrigerated.  You could also double this recipe for a crowd.  This salad was always on my Mother’s table on any occasion and is one that most people love.  It makes a great salad for St. Patrick’s Day because of the green color.  This salad is a good choice to take to gatherings, serve on a buffet table or even make it for a sick friend or neighbor.  My family asks for this one all the time and not just on holidays.

Pistachio Watergate salad is a classic with simple ingredients:

Cool whip

Pistachio instant pudding

Miniature marshmallows

Crushed pineapple with juice

Chopped nuts

Shredded coconut

So many people just call this “the green stuff” when talking about this recipe. It’s so simple to make and so good. Some will comment why is this called a “salad”. There are many dishes called “salads” that aren’t made with lettuce. If you love this dish you will also love this wonderful Strawberry Praline Salad. It is one of our most popular recipes and is a great addition to any holiday meal.

You can use sweetened or unsweetened coconut. Full recipe in recipe card below.

Watergate Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

Watergate Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks
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Pistachio Salad or Watergate Salad

The Southern Lady Cooks
This is such an easy and quick dessert. This is an old fashioned recipe that has been around for years.
5 from 5 votes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 8 ounce cool whip
  • 1 3.4 box pistachio instant pudding
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice, drained (save 1/3 cup of the pineapple juice and add into recipe)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  • Stir dry pudding mix into cool whip. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Keep refrigerated.
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