Serving a big bowl of fluffy pistachio Watergate Salad reminds me of Christmas, Thanksgiving and the new reports in the 1970″s. But this creamy light delicious side dish (you could say snack dessert) refers to the Washington DC hotel and the nations scandal.
Created by Kraft foods as a summer dish to showcase their pistachio pudding mix developed in 1095 and was called “Pistachio Pineapple Delight’. It is said that a newspaper changed the name, but I have heard it was named after the Washington DC hotel that made this side dish as a luncheon regular. But no one knows for sure.
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When to Serve Watergate Fluff Salad
Enough of the history lesson. Let’s get back to parties and family events. Watergate Salad Fluff was popular in the 70’s and 80’s and has many verities of recipes. I remember Watergate Salad at potluck dinners and holiday parties. The salad is perfect for the holidays as it has that big bright green color that brightens up the Thanksgiving or Christmas buffet table.
I have tried to lower the sugar in our foods nowadays, I use a sugar-free pudding. I have also at times used the light or sugar-free Cool Whip. You can serve this in one big bowl on a serving table. At holidays it would be served in a decorative bowl and passed around the holiday table. When I have a dinner party I like to serve it in parfait glasses. It is an easy low sugar dessert.
Tips for Making Watergate Salad Fluff
While the pudding flavor is pistachio, the crushed pineapple gives the fluff a milder flavor. The pineapple adds a sweet tang and the Cool Whip makes it light and creamy. When I make the fluff I put the pudding in the bowl first and then add the pineapple. This mixes the pudding with the liquid of the pineapple to combine the flavors and make sure there are not any lumps of pudding. If you mix everything at once you can get lumpy pudding spots. I then add the mini marshmallows and the nuts and add the Cool Whip last with a folding motion.
After the recipe is all mixed make sure you give it a taste for yourself as it is irresistible.
- 1 Can Crushed Pineapple with the juice
- 1 Sugar Free Instant Pistachio Pudding
- 3 Cups of Mini Marshmallows
- 1/2 Cup of Chopped Nuts (Pecans)
- 1 Cool Whip regular size, thawed
- In a large bowl mix the pudding and the pineapple along with the juice. Mix well as this is the only liquid to add to the pudding. (do not add milk).
- Stir in the marshmallows and the nuts. (you can make this with out the nuts)
- Fold in the Cool Whip.
- cover with plastic wrap and up in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
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