Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Watergate Salad

No family holiday was complete during my childhood without Watergate Salad.  I have no idea why it's called that . . . perhaps it was a favorite of President Nixon? 

My Mom never used a recipe . . . she just always whipped it up and chilled before any family event.  When I got married and didn't see her for every holiday, I craved it.  I've never seen it served by anyone else, but it should be.  It's delightful. 

A few years ago I called my Mom for the ingredients and made it myself.  Mmmm, reminds me of home. 

I decided to make it for our Easter lunch this year with friends.  Here's how you do it:

Mix together one 3.4 oz pistachio pudding mix with one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple.  Makes a pretty green . . .
Then mix in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and about 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
The final step in folding in one regular size container of Cool Whip.  Cover and chill until ready to serve . . . and all holiday dishes are best served in a pretty dish! 

Nom, nom, nom.  Enjoy!
Watergate Salad
1 3.4 oz of pistachio pudding
1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple, undrained.
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 regular size container of Cool Whip
Mix together the pudding and crushed pineapple until blended.  Add the pecans and marshmallows until combined.  Fold in one container of Cool Whip.  Chill and serve.

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