Every year at Christmas while I was growing up all my father’s family took dishes of food to my grandmother’s house and we had a Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. Many of my cousins were about the same age as I was and all of us could hardly wait for Aunt Hazel to enter the door. We were anxious to see if she had brought her Watergate Salad. Of course, all the children in the family had nicknamed her salad “the green stuff”. The children would all dance up and down in joy when we saw Aunt Hazel walk through the door and we spied the bowl of light, fluffy, heavenly tasting Watergate Salad. I believe all the adults were just as happy as the children but they were a little more discreet in showing their excitement.
After I was grown, I called Aunt Hazel one day and asked her for the recipe. She was delighted to share it with me. I could not believe how easy it is to prepare this salad with such an odd name.
1 Package instant Pistachio Pudding Mix
1 twenty ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 Cup miniature marshmallows
1 eight or nine ounce container of Cool Whip
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry pudding mix with the undrained pineapple. Add in the marshallows and Cool Whip. Chill in a covered container until ready to serve.
I do not believe anyone can positively say how this delightful salad came to be called Watergate Salad. Anyone who has tasted it, though, will not forget it. If you plan to make it to entertain guests, be sure to make a large quantity. This salad does a quick disappearing act!