Pistachio Marshmallow Salad


Also known as "Watergate Salad", this creamy salad is is simple, colorful, and delicious. Perfect for a guests and potlucks. #WomenLivingWell #dessert #marshmallow #salad

Here’s a recipe from Janelle at ComfyInTheKitchen.com.

Janelle writes:

Can anyone tell me why this is called “Watergate Salad”? Hehe…I decided to change it to “Pistachio Delight” because, well…. Watergate was a scandal, and this is more…delightful! This is an especially sweet treat for the kiddos…they love all the colors. Serve as a side or dessert, it will be sure to please the little ones {and bigger ones} at your table.

Pour 1 pint whipping cream and 1/4 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Beat on high until soft peaks form like so…you can over beat, so be careful to stop when the whipping cream looks like the picture above.

Add 1 small box of instant Pistachio pudding mix.

Then add 1 can of fruit cocktail {you certainly may add fresh fruit instead-I have tried mandarin oranges and bananas}, 1 cup coconut, and one cup of multicolored marshmallows- be careful of tiny hands. {I had to hurry up and mix this, lol!}

Also add in crushed pineapple and nuts {optional}. You can do this in all one step, lol…

Stir by hand until all is combined.

LOVE! Wouldn’t this make such a sweet dish for a baby shower? The colors are so pretty…and it’s so delicious!

Pistachio Marshmallow Salad {Watergate Salad}

Prep time:
Total time:
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 small box instant pistachio pudding
  • 1(20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz) can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 cup multi-colored marshmallows
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans {optional}
  1. Beat whipping cream and sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form.
  2. Add box of pistachio pudding and beat together.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

speakerJanelle Nehrenz

*Janelle is a woman who is dependent upon Jesus, a mom, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and an advocate for meal ministry. You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals, and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog. You can follow Janelle’s blog at ComfyInTheKitchen.com.


    1. I read somewhere that this was named for the hotel where the recipe originated , which so happens to be where the scandal went down

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE watergate salad…. or pistachio pineapple delight…. or marshmallow deliciousness! Its my go-to salad when I need to take something to a picnic or potluck.

    As for the name, the google search says that Kraft Foods invented the salad (Pistachio Pineapple Delight) at the same time as the scandal, and the food editor started calling Watergate Salad. who knows? But its delish!

  2. Thank you for this post Courtney!!!! I was looking for a delicous salad to make for my Easter Brunch and I’m so glad you posted this:))) You are such a blessing to us all!
    Keep up the great posts and encouraging words – you do speak the truth, and we’re all blessed because of it!
    ~Lindsay Arthur, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

  3. I always ate this at family gatherings, growing up and it tastes identical to the way my family made it. We’re military so I appreciate anything that reminds me of home!: ) Blessings, Christy

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