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How to Make Watergate Salad?

Watergate Salad is not a new dessert; it was originally devised as "Pistachio Pineapple Delight" in 1975.  According to Kraft, the pistachio-pineapple delight recipe debuted shortly after the introduction of their pistachio pudding mix.  It was suggested later that an unknown newspaper editor renamed Pistachio Pineapple Delight as Watergate Salad; why is unknown since neither the editor nor the original article could be found.  For some unknown reason, Watergate Salad stuck with American families for over 30 years.  It's now a sweet and delightful dessert and in every family gathering there is at least one cook who knows how to make Watergate Salad.

Making the perfect Watergate Salad requires few ingredients and a little over an hour to make.  Simply combine Cool Whip with instant pistachio pudding mix, crushed pineapple and pineapple juice, and blend thoroughly.  Then add in crushed nuts and mini marshmallows, mix well and put in the refrigerator to cool for at least one hour.  It tastes best when served chilled. This is the original Pistachio and Pineapple Watergate Salad but, with a little imagination, customizing Watergate Salad with other fruits can be fun. Try Watergate Salad fruit cups by filling small serving cups with the un-chilled mixture as opposed to serving from a bowl.

Talk about fun desserts. Watergate Salad can be customized with different fruits, toppings and nuts.  Simply add slices of banana and pecans to make Banana Pecan Watergate Salad or add mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries and a little coconut for Mandarin Watergate Salad.  Mixing fruits and sometimes changing up on the pudding mix flavor can bring something new to Watergate Salad.  Sometimes people add in a little cream cheese to give it a thicker consistency and bolder flavor.  Watergate Salad is very versatile and can be filled with a variety of fruit and nuts or simply one type of fruit and one type of nut.

Aside from the origin of the Watergate Recipe, another interesting part of Watergate Salad is how much of a hit this dessert has become for the holidays.  Created as a healthy weekend dessert and fruit treat for the kids, it has since become an ideal holiday treat.  Can't think of something to bring to office holiday pot luck?  No worries!  Whip up a little Watergate Salad and bring the best dessert.

The best part of making Watergate salad is that it's healthy and uses natural ingredients. This is why parents enjoy serving this fruity dessert.  Want to make a diet-friendly dessert?  Create a lowfat Watergate Salad:  simply use all lowfat/low-carb ingredients such as a lowfat whipped topping and sugar-free pistachio pudding mix.  Adding fresh fruits to the Watergate Salad as opposed to canned fruit is much healthier, and it keeps longer.  Canned fruit is filled with fructose rich syrup that can add a few hundred calories to a Watergate Salad.

From the traditional Watergate Salad to the diverse Watergate Salads of today, everyone loves this healthy homemade dessert.

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