Authentic Watergate Salad

"I checked all the other recipes here, and each one is a little different in one way or another. THIS is the real deal. I got the recipe from the chef at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC where the recipe originated. If you want the same one served there that was made famous there....this is it."
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns) photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns) photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Stir pudding mix, pineapple with juice, marshmallows and nuts in a large bowl until well blended.
  • Gently stir in whipped topping.
  • Refrigerate one hour or until ready to serve.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Darlene A.
    can I make this the day before our get together?
  2. Angela E.
    Hi, what kind of nuts do you put in it?
  3. lynntrosclair
    Hi,do you prepare the pudding mix and then add everything else to the pudding or just dump the pudding mix in a bowl and add the other stuff


  1. Mama Jen
    "Just like my Grandma use to make" is what I hear everytime I make this salad.. It is great for big gatherings and light enough to serve on hot summer days.. Sometimes, if I have maraschino cherries, I cut them in half and place on top of the prepared salad.. I personally think chopped pecans go best in this salad.. Just my 2 cents... :) Try it- it's YUMMY!
  2. patnj1
    I add a whole container, 8oz. of Cool Whip and a whole bag of mini marshmallows....
  3. Christine N.
    I love it! I have to make a double or triple batch for family gatherings, everyone loves it!
  4. LonghornMama
    Good! I loved this stuff when I was a kid and the recipe is perfect. Used Trader Joes frozen whipped topping which purports to be a healthier version, if there can be such a thing. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  5. fluffymoonhair
    This is just like what I remember eating as a kid. Delicious! Just make sure you don't stir the cool whip too much... lol.


  1. Chef Momique
    This was very good, and enjoyed by all the people at my Small Group. I made my own Whipped Cream by beating about a cup of heavy whipping cream until thickened, and added that instead of Cool Whip, because I don't care for anything to be too intensely sweet. Many people commented that they loved the toned-down sweetness. My husband said he knew that people used to add coconut; That may be a good addition as well.



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