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Watergate Salad Days

For today's newsletter we are promoting a fun, quirky recipe from the past - Pistachio Salad. You may have heard this chilled, green concoction refered to as Watergate Salad, named for the Washington DC hotel, a place whose glamourous reputation became eclisped by the political scandal in the 1970's. All in all it's a fine American dessert for this Fourth of July holiday. Let's celebrate living in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

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Pistachio Salad

Originally found in the recipe files of Nina Zell Bradashaw Jones, this recipe persists in historical legand as the famous "Watergate Salad" proudly served at its namesake hotel in the 1970's. It's true origin probably comes from the marketing people at Jell-O, who sought recipes for their boxes of pistachio pudding mix.

  • 1 package Jell-O brand Pistachio Pudding Mix
  • 1 tall can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip dairy topping (one container)
  • 1 cup small marshmellows
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup marichino cherries
  1. If available, use a clear glass 3-quart salad bowl.
  2. Combine the pistachio pudding mix with the pineapple, including the juice. Stir thoroughly. Fold in the Cool Whip, mashmellows and pecans.
  3. Pour into a deep bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least two hours. Just before serving, decorate with cherries.
  4. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Kitchen tools you'll need: 3-quart Bowl

Note: I'm also partial to our recipes for Ambrosia and Frozen Fruit Fantasy.

The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.

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