Pistachio “Watergate” Salad

Such an interesting name for a “salad” dessert. Pistachio “Watergate” Salad was my son’s request for our Thanksgiving this year. In the process I searched why it’s called “Watergate” in the first place. From what I’ve read, “Watergate” was coined to create noise when Jell-O released it’s new flavor of pudding mix Pistachio. 2 years after the President Nixon resigned. How else can you create such buzz but use what everyone was still talking about, right? Read about it here. I’m not entirely sure how accurate this information is but I can attest to two things. This salad dessert is so easy to make and it is freaking delicious! It is such a hit that I had to make it twice when the first batch was gone because my daughter wanted more. So in all indication, kids and adults will love this dessert and you should probably add it to your holiday menu. It is soooo good I forgot to take a picture, any picture, of an individual serving, HAH! Trust me, it is about the easiest dessert you could ever make and everyone will love it.

Pistachio "Watergate" Salad


  • 1 box Jell-O Pistachio pudding mix
  • 20 oz can of crushed pineapple (drain juice but save 1 tbsp)
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 sm bag of shelled walnuts, divided (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows


  • Drain the juice of crushed pineapple but save 1 tbsp. In a bowl, stir Pistachio pudding mix and crushed pineapple.
  • Then the cottage cheese.
  • Then the Cool Whip topping.
  • Add the reserved pineapple juice.
  • Stir in half of the walnuts.
  • Then the mini-marshmallows. Cover the bowl and chill in the fridge until ready for serving.

Sprinkle the rest of the walnuts on top or on individual servings. Some recipes don’t have cottage cheese but I prefer mine to have it. Some(my Husband) prefers not to have nuts so it’s up to you. Best to make during the Holidays and Easter Sunday dinner. Enjoy! (I adapted the recipe from Love To Be In The Kitchen)


Dexie Jane

Mother of 2. She drinks coffee everyday and wine on the weekends. She devours massive amount of chocolate, pork, and sushi. She loves to dance in her living room and binge-watches KDRAMA, historical dramas, and excessive unhealthy dose of Crime/Murder mysteries/dramas/documentaries. She's also a proud Bibliophile and loves being a bargain fashionista & SHOEHOLIC!

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