Saturday, March 16, 2013

Watergate Salad made with Cream Cheese

I wanted to make a green dessert for this weekend and while I was looking through some cookbooks I found a recipe for Watergate Salad.   I don't recall ever having this salad, but it sounded interesting so I decided to come up with my own version!  I'm not too fond of marshmallows being in dessert salads so I omitted those as well as the nuts.  I figured the marshmallows added a creaminess and since I took them out I needed something to replace itBeing that I have an obsession with cream cheese, I figured that would be perfect.  I made this with low-fat cream cheese and lite cool whip and you can't tell at all!  I love the color of this salad, how simple it is to prepare and how it ended up tasting...I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients are as follows:

8 ounces lite cool whip
8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant pistachio pudding
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple (in juice, not syrup!)

toasted coconut, if desired


Drain the crushed pineapple and reserve the juice; set both aside.

Cream together the cool whip and cream cheese.

Mix in the pistachio pudding.

Stir in the pineapple and slowly add some pineapple juice until you reach your desired consistency.  I added three tablespoons to mine.

Spoon into serving dishes and allow to set up in the fridge for an hour.

Sprinkle on some toasted coconut (if you'd like) and enjoy!


  1. Delicious looking. Perfect for green day.

  2. I've made and eaten Watergate Salad for many years, but I adore the cream cheese substituion! Can't wait to make it....thanks!


  3. Fabulous idea Lisa! As far as I'm concerned, you can never go wrong adding cream cheese to anything. My recipe uses yogurt....this sounds lovely and I'm sure it was very creamy. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  4. Just found you at Someday Crafts. This looks super yummy and easy. Pinned it! :)

  5. I had completely forgotten about Watergate Salad! So glad you posted this recipe. Love the toasted coconut on top. Have a nice weekend!

  6. Sounds wonderful, looks delish!

  7. I just love this salad, it is always a winner! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I remember loving watergate salad the first time I had it as a kid. The cream cheese is just going to make it better. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  9. One of my favorite salads♥ I like it with or without marshmallows! I only stared using marshmallows because I had to make more with a growing family! Cream cheese is a good idea! At Christmas I added a couple drops of green food coloring.

  10. I've never had pistachio pudding. This sounds like a fun little treat! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.


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