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Easy Kid Recipes - Watergate Salad

By Edited Nov 22, 2015 2 6

What is green and good to eat? Watergate Salad

The recipe for today, Watergate Salad, is #3 in the Easy Kid Recipes Series. While it is called a salad, it is so tasty you can also serve it as a pudding dessert. I call my recipe Watergate Salad, but it also goes by the name of Pistachio Salad, and I have even heard people call it the Green Salad. Hey, no matter what you call this delicious salad, just call me when it is ready to eat!

Let's gather the ingredients needed to make this yummy pudding recipe:

Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Ingredients Needed

1 container Cool Whip, 8-ounce size, (whipped topping)

1 package Jell-O Pistachio Flavored Instant Pudding & Pie Filling, small size

1 can crushed pineapple and juice, 1 lb. 4 oz. size can

1 cup miniature marshmallows

½ cup chopped English walnuts, optional

Things you'll need to make this recipe:

Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Things Needed

Large mixing bowl

Spatula for scraping the Cool Whip from the container

Scissors for opening the pudding

Can opener

Measuring cups: 1 cup size and ½ cup size

Serving bowl, optional

Let's Cook

Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Thawing the Cool Whip

Step 1: 

Take the container of frozen Cool Whip out of the freezer, and place it in the refrigerator approximately 4 hours before you plan to use it to make this recipe.




Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Cool Whip in the Mixing Bowl

Step 2:

Using the soft spatula, scrape all of the thawed Cool Whip from the container and into the large mixing bowl.




Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Blending the Cool Whip and Pudding

Step 3:

Open the box of pudding mix. Using the scissors, cut off the corner of the bag, and empty the contents into the bowl of Cool Whip. Gently blend the pudding mix into the Cool Whip. Stir until well mixed. Make a well (hole) in the center of the pudding mixture in the bowl.



Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Adding the Pineapple

Step 4:

Open the can of pineapple. and pour it into the hole in the pudding mixture. Stir the crushed pineapple into the mixture.




Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Adding the Miniature Marshmallows
Step 5:

Stir in the miniature marshmallows.





Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Stirring in the Nuts

Step 6:

If adding nuts, stir them in, and make sure all the ingredients are well-blended. I am using English walnuts, but you can use your favorite nut. Remember: Nuts are optional.



Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Place in the Refrigerator

Step 7:

Your creation is now ready to be put into the refrigerator. However, before placing it into the refrigerator, either tidy up the mixing bowl, or empty it into another bowl for serving. Cover before refrigerating. Let it chill approximately 2 hours before serving.

Clean up time:

If the whipped topping container, the pineapple can, and the pudding box can be recycled in your neighborhood, be sure to place them into the recycle bin. Before placing the dishes you used into the dishwasher, that spatula you used will need a good licking to remove all traces of the ‘goodie green mixture’. Now, wipe off the counter top where you were working. Good job!

In Closing

Easy Kid Recipes – Watergate Salad – Here is a Taste

Teaching your child to cook is a lifetime gift, and the time you spend together is priceless. While waiting for the ‘goodie green mixture’ to chill, get the family together, and go outside to play some games. Having fun together is what it’s all about.

Now, my young chefs, you can add another completed recipe – Watergate Salad – to your recipe file. While this dish is tasty anytime, because it is green, it is fun to make and serve on St. Patrick’s Day. It is equally delicious to serve to welcome spring or to add something green and yummy to the Christmas table. So whether you serve it as a pudding dessert or a salad, it makes a great addition to any meal anytime of the year.

Easy Kid Recipes Series:

Chocolate Eclair Dessert
Pigs in a Blanket
Watergate Salad
Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe
People Puppy Chow

Come back soon, for more Easy Kid Recipes!



Mar 20, 2012 8:32pm
Looks yummy! And it's so easy, the kids can do all the work! That's my kind of recipe :)
Apr 12, 2012 11:09pm
This recipe is super easy; your kids will enjoy making it, as well as eating it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my article.
Mar 27, 2012 1:42pm
I remember Watergate salad from when I was a kid. I haven't eaten it in years, though. Even though this is one of your easy kid recipes, you've inspired me to make this. Thanks for sharing. Posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
Apr 12, 2012 11:16pm
I am so glad to remind you of something you enjoyed as a kid. This is a good recipe, and it doesn't matter how old you are. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Mar 30, 2012 6:03pm
This sounds like pure fun! I wonder how this recipe might taste if you used other Jello flavors? Have you done that?
Apr 12, 2012 11:21pm
Watergate salad is fun for all ages. But it is especially nice for the little ones to make; something that they can add to the table. We enjoy it as it is, so I haven't tried any other flavors. If you experiment with other flavors - let me know how they turn out. Thanks for commenting on this article.
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