One easy Watergate salad recipe contains one package of instant pistachio pudding mix, one 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple, 1 cup of miniature marshmallows, half a cup of chopped walnuts and half a cup of whipped topping. Mix the first four ingredients, fold in the whipped topping, then chill.
Watergate salad is a pistachio pudding dessert containing fruit, usually pineapple but sometimes other fruit. It is sometimes considered a fruit salad. The tang of pineapples is sometimes replaced with mandarin oranges. Because of its simplicity, it is very easy to make with just a handful of ingredients in a short amount of time.
The Kraft company is partly responsible for this recipe coming into popularity in the United States, with the creation of its Pistachio Pineapple Delight recipe. Calling this recipe Watergate salad was never the company's intention and only became the regular name for the recipe when customers would call in asking for it under that name constantly.
A similar recipe to Watergate salad is Ambrosia, which contains fruit and marshmallows as well. This recipe differs in that it does not use pudding at all, and is meant to be a fruit salad, whereas Watergate salad is primarily meant to be a pudding dessert with a smaller emphasis on fruit..