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Watergate Salad

Check out this Watergate Salad for your holiday celebrations from Family Dollar with Sandra McCollum from A Dash of Sanity!

WATERGATE SALAD – A classic & traditional holiday side dish that everyone loves. Made with COOL WHIP, marshmallows, pistachio pudding and pineapple, it’s deliciously easy.

This post is sponsored by Family Dollar. All opinions are my own.

This WATERGATE SALAD recipe is one I grew up with every holiday. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July and so on – if you name the holiday, it was there. It’s a classic, and I honestly thought for years that this side dish was just for me. It wasn’t until recently I found out this dish is more than just a tradition in my family, but for many, many families too. Of course, everyone has their twist to this classic, and my mom always made her WATERGATE SALAD with no walnuts because of my sister’s allergies. But since all of my kids love walnuts, we added them back in, and to add some extra holiday cheer, we added some chopped cranberries, which makes this version of WATERGATE SALAD look perfectly festive for Christmas.

This is one of those dishes you can pick up all the ingredients at the store and make in a jiffy. I happened to be doing some Christmas shopping {yes, already} in a little outdoor mall and walked into a Family Dollar. That’s where I not only picked up the WATERGATE SALAD ingredients I needed, but also a new hand mixer {I go through these too often}. I had no idea the variety of offerings they have in their appliance sections, including a griddle, slow cooker, blender and toaster. They had holiday decorations everywhere, tons of gift ideas and endless house supplies. My Christmas shopping turned into more of a grocery run. I was amazed at the assortment and ease of shopping. This ended up being super convenient for me – a one-stop shop that day for the potluck we’d be attending later.

My favorite thing about this WATERGATE SALAD recipe is the ease of making it. This is a great side dish that doesn’t need the oven, stove top or a ton of refrigerator space. You can make it a day or two in advance or immediately before, and it only takes minutes to prepare.

Try a WATERGATE SALAD this year at your holiday table, and make it a tradition if it already isn’t. Or take this to your next holiday get-together, and you’ll be sure to leave with an empty bowl.

‘Tis the season for fantastic food, shopping and trying new things. If you haven’t already checked out the nearest Family Dollar near you, go and get the ingredients for this salad, a mixer or slow cooker while you’re at it, and a gift for Aunt Susan, cousin Fred, and of course, grandma. Holiday cheers!

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WATERGATE SALAD - A traditional holiday dish that everyone loves. Made with COOL WHIP, marshmallows, pistachio pudding and pineapple, it's deliciously easy.


  • 8 ounces COOL WHIP
  • 1 package 3.4 ounces instant pistachio pudding
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple
  • 3 cups marshmallows
  • 4 ounce chopped walnuts (pecans work great too)
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried cranberries optional


  1. In a medium/large mixing bowl add COOL WHIP and pistachio pudding and beat until combined and you can no longer see any of the pudding powder.
  2. Add crushed pineapple and beat again until well combined.
  3. Stir in marshmallows, walnuts & dried cranberries (optional).
  4. Top with a sprinkle of dried cranberries and walnuts and serve immediately. Or cover and store until ready to eat.

Recipe Notes
This is a great dish to make a day ahead of time. Recipe from my Grandma Sorency.

By Sandra McCollum

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