Cool and creamy, great for summer and holidays. Kids love to make and eat this! HINT: Have them decorate the top with cherries and coconut to look like a face!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and pineapple; mix well. Add marshmallows and 3/4 of the container of dessert topping (add more to get a creamier consistency). Toss in the coconut; mix well. Transfer to a serving dish and top with halved cherries and any extra coconut. Chill for at least an hour before serving. Will be good the next day.

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Nutrition Facts

372 calories; protein 0.6g; carbohydrates 61.3g; fat 11.5g; sodium 262.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2003
This is a great recipe for watergate salad! I tried it once with regular pistachio pudding and the next time with sugar free. DEFINITELY use REGULAR pudding. The after taste of the sugar free is TERRIBLE! I didn't feel that the coconut added much taste & I will probably eliminate it next time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2008
This was ok I made it to add to Thanksgiving dinner and most everyone thought it was too sweet and not enough fruit. It didn't hold up for left overs at all either but that wasn't unexpected considering the marshmallows. Read More
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83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 68
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2003
This is a great recipe for watergate salad! I tried it once with regular pistachio pudding and the next time with sugar free. DEFINITELY use REGULAR pudding. The after taste of the sugar free is TERRIBLE! I didn't feel that the coconut added much taste & I will probably eliminate it next time. Read More
(81)
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2005
I've tried several versions of this recipe, but this one is the best. My husband and daughter are not big fans of maraschino cherries so I substituted a small can of mandarin oranges, (minus the juice) sliced in half. It's so light and tasty - we couldn't help going back for seconds!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2005
This is an awesome recipe. I had coconut and nuts on the side so each individual could put what they wanted. It tastes excellent without. Add a few more cherries for Christmas coloring. Everyone loved it!!! I even modified the recipe to feed 25. I love this site. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2004
Overall I thought that it turned out nice. I left out the marshmallows which for my family was a plus. I think next time I will add a little more pudding mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2005
My husband is not a big fan of Pistachio pudding so when I made this I didn't tell him what was in it till he raved about how great it was!! He also mixed it with alittle ice cream (he said it went good together).I think I got a couple of scoops-he couldn't stop eating this!!! He loved it thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2005
This was just like my Grandma's. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2005
Outstanding as always however I left out the nuts for my family's taste and I used a whole 8 ounce container of cool whip for extra creaminess and a 20 ounce can of pineapple. It was great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2004
I add 1/2 c. to 1 cup chopped walnuts to this dish. This is wonderful for potluck occasions. It's important to chill 1 hour for the marshmellows to become soft. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
This was an excellent dessert and very easy to make. Made plenty for later. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2008
This was ok I made it to add to Thanksgiving dinner and most everyone thought it was too sweet and not enough fruit. It didn't hold up for left overs at all either but that wasn't unexpected considering the marshmallows. Read More
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