Watergate Fluff Salad is an easy dessert salad recipe made with pistachio pudding, pineapple, marshmallows, and cool whip. It’s a heavenly retro dessert!
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If you need an easy last minute dessert or side dish for this weekend this is the one you should make! I mean it’s a fluff SALAD and it’s green which makes it healthy!
This retro dessert will bring back memories at your family table: a Watergate Salad! Have you ever tried this fluff?
I’ll be honest: I’d never heard of it until I started blogging. Like how I told you when I posted banana fluff the other day, fluff wasn’t something we ate growing up. I think it’s more of a mid-western or southern thing because I’d never even seen dessert salad until apple salads started showing up in my Pinterest feed.
In researching this salad recipe I found that it’s called by several funny names: Watergate, Green Goddess, Pistachio Delight, or Shut The Gate Salad or colloquially as Green Goop, Green Fluff or Green Stuff. I mean, I’m partial to Green Goop, aren’t you? LOL
(Why is #shutthegatesalad not a hashtag? SHUT THE GATE! LOL)
Watergate Salad got it’s start back in the 70s when Kraft Jell0-O came out with pistachio pudding mix. Can you imagine the conversation the Kraft kitchens chefs had?
“Dude, WTH do we do with PISTACHIO pudding mix?”
“I know, let’s mix it with pineapple and marshmallows and call it a SALAD!”
I’m guessing this recipe was developed after a night of listening to Pink Floyd, yes?
However it was developed or whatever it’s called, Watergate salad aka Pistachio Fluff is an iconic dessert that brings back so many family memories.
For your family, not mine. We never ate it, remember? 😂
I have seen recipes all over the internet for making Watergate salad with cottage cheese or other fruit or even how to make Watergate salad with lime jello, but this is the traditional pistachio fluff recipe:
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