5-ingredients Watergate Salad Recipe

5-ingredients Watergate Salad Recipe

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Let’s make the best classic American Watergate salad.  It can be served as a dessert or as a side dish. Its base ingredients, such as pudding mix, canned pineapple, mini marshmallows, nuts, and whipped topping, blend together to create a luscious and slightly tangy flavor. It is a delightful combination of sweet, creamy, and fruity flavors that make it a popular dessert or side dish for any occasion.

Ah, the classic Watergate salad – a timeless treat that never fails to bring joy to the table. This delightful concoction of pudding, pineapple, marshmallows, nuts, and whipped topping is a testament to the beauty of simplicity in dessert-making. Its sweet and tangy profile, along with the satisfying crunch of nuts, creates a harmony of flavors that's perfect for any occasion. A true crowd-pleaser!

Make this 5-ingredient dessert that is always welcome at the holiday table. It only takes 5 minutes to make. All you have to do is combine the ingredients. Read a detailed Watergate salad recipe below.

5-ingredients Watergate Salad step by step Recipe

Watergate Salad Ingredients

  • Pudding mix: Pudding mix adds distinctive flavor, color, and thickness to the salad.
  • Canned pineapple: Use canned pineapple to add sweetness and texture to the salad.
  • Marshmallows: They give the salad a soft texture and add sweetness and smoothness.
  • Nuts: Add nuts to offer a contrasting crunchiness to the otherwise soft salad.
  • Whipped topping: It adds creaminess and holds the salad together, giving it a light and fluffy texture.

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How to make Watergate Salad?

It is super easy to make Watergate salad. You will need just follow two simple steps:

  1. First, combine crushed pineapple with juice, instant pudding mix, mini marshmallows, and walnuts in a large bowl. Then, mix until well combined and fold in whipped topping.
  2. Allow the salad to cool in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

how to cook 5-ingredients Watergate Salad

How to Store Watergate Salad?

You can store the Watergate Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best to consume within 3-4 days for optimal flavor and texture.

Can Watergate Salad be Frozen?

It is not recommended to freeze the Watergate salad because the texture of the salad can change significantly after freezing. Salad ingredients, especially the whipped topping, may not retain their original texture when frozen. Watergate salad is best when eaten fresh or refrigerated for several days.

The Watergate Salad recipe, although containing some ingredients that may not be the healthiest, still retains some beneficial components. For instance, nuts add texture and offer some nutrients such as protein and healthy fats. However, it's worth noting that the sugar in the pudding mix and marshmallows, as well as added sugars in the whipped topping and canned pineapple, can make this dessert quite calorie-dense and add extra sugars to the diet. It's best to consume this dish in moderation and as part of a balanced diet to avoid excessive sugar and calorie intake.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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5-ingredients Watergate Salad Recipe
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Watergate salad: an American classic, sweet tasty side dish.
5-ingredients Watergate Salad Recipe
Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
The ingredients you need:
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows
½ cup chopped walnuts
4 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
Let’s start !

1. To make the salad, combine crushed pineapple with juice, instant pudding mix, mini marshmallows, and walnuts in a large bowl. Mix until well combined, then fold in whipped topping.


2. Before serving, let the salad chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 8 Calories: 173
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g9%
Saturated Fat 3g14%
Sodium 180mg8%
Total Carbohydrate 25g9%
Dietary Fiber 1g3%
Total Sugars 18g 
Protein 1g 
Vitamin C 3mg14%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0mg2%
Potassium 66mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of indulgence, try adding a handful of white chocolate chips to the mix. The creamy sweetness of white chocolate perfectly complements the fruity notes of the salad, elevating its overall richness. It's a small addition that makes a big difference in taste and texture. Enjoy the delightful surprise of a velvety bite amidst the crunch and fluffiness of this iconic Watergate salad!

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