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History and Recipe of Watergate Salad

History and Recipe of Watergate Salad

Watergate salad is not at all a salad. It's a popular American dish that could be had as a side dish or a dessert. Read this Tastessence article to know all about it.
Samarpita Choudhury
Watergate salad was first invented when instant pistachio pudding was introduced for the first time in the market.
"What's there in a name?" is the right thing to say, when we talk about the Watergate salad. Though the name has the word salad affixed, it is not to the least a salad per se. It is a fluffy, green, nutty, conglomerate of pistachios, pineapple, cool whip, and miniature marshmallows. So, what triggered the sane men to christen it in total contrast to what it actually is, a dessert or a side dish.
Who doesn't know about the infamous coup of the 1970s. The Watergate scandal had scripted a black chapter in the history of American politics. There is an uncanny resemblance between Watergate salad and the Watergate scandal. Let's unearth the same in the below-given paragraphs.
Watergate Salad - History
Now the question that strikes us hard is, why a salad such as this is called Watergate salad? Well, the straight and simple explanation for this is the accidental similarity in the release of the Nixon-Watergate coup and the introduction of the delicacy. However, there is more into this strange nomenclature. The dish calls for a topping over the top. President Nixon too, made attempts to cover the reality with interesting 'toppings'. Hence, it was a way to mock the actions of the President. Perhaps that is why it is also known as the Shut the Gate Salad. Though it has a nasty counterpart tale, that doesn't stop the dish from being on top of the list for baby showers, weddings, Thanksgiving ceremonies, Easter, and other get-together parties. It is also included under the name of Pistachio-Pineapple Delight on many menu cards. When a food writer wrote an article about the recipe for this newcomer dish, she named it Watergate Salad, and since then, this dish is known by this popular, yet uncommon name.
Best Watergate Salad Recipe
Ingredient List

Frozen Whipped cream (thawed)- 2 cups
Pack of Pistachio Pudding Mix, 1
Canned Crushed Pineapples, 18 oz.
Mini Marshmallows, 1 cup
Crushed Cashew Nuts, 1cup


1. Assemble all the ingredients except the cream, together in a large mixing bowl.
Note: The pineapples are to be used with the juice. The cream should be smooth and soft.
2. Stir the content, until blended in a rich, thick, smooth lump. Now roll in the cream, and store in the refrigerator.
3. Garnish with nuts and enjoy!

Calories Fats Proteins Carbohydrates Sugar
180 - 200 8 g 0 - 1 g 25 - 30 g 18 - 20 g

This was all about the rich, heavenly tasty, mysterious Watergate salad. There isn't any need to wait for a festive occasion to devour this great delicacy. It could just become a part of a Sunday dessert.