In my family, we have this every time there's any type of get-together. The large bowl is always finished off and finally I asked my great Aunt how she does it. Here's her secret!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Gently combine whipped topping, pineapple with a little juice, marshmallows, cherries, and pudding mix in a large bowl until mixture is fluffy and thoroughly combined. Add more marshmallows if salad isn't fluffy enough. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

208 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 35.4g 11% DV; fat 6.9g 11% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 210.2mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2013
Loved this recipe. Halved it as it was only for 3 of us. I omitted the cherries as I didn't have them on hand (the recipe says optional so I don't feel too bad about tweaking that part, lol.) The only thing was I felt it needed a little more pineapple for the amount of Cool Whip & pudding mix. This would be perfect for a baby shower or party. Next time I will half everything but the pineapple and see how that turns out :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2013
Loved this recipe. Halved it as it was only for 3 of us. I omitted the cherries as I didn't have them on hand (the recipe says optional so I don't feel too bad about tweaking that part, lol.) The only thing was I felt it needed a little more pineapple for the amount of Cool Whip & pudding mix. This would be perfect for a baby shower or party. Next time I will half everything but the pineapple and see how that turns out :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2012
When I make this I used one container Cool Whip one package instant pistachio pudding and one full package mini marshmallows. It's one of my favorite holiday fluffy salads. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2013
My family loves this dessert! It has become a favorite request. Will make it many more times!! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2015
This is the best of the Watergate salad recipes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2014
This is a tradition in my family for Thanksgiving since I was a little girl. My children love it and it's one of the things that they look forward to come time for dinner. The recipe I use though doesn't have cherries in it and I only use 1 box of pudding 1/2 a container of cool whip 1 cup of the colored mini marshmallows and a lg can of crushed pineapple with the juice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2014
really good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2017
I like to add Manderine Oranges.....also I put it in Popcicle molds and freeze it for a summer treat the Grandkids Love Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2017
D/law does not eat nuts so only put pecans on top for decoration. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2016
We make this for every holiday but have changed the maraschino cherries to 1 to 2 cans of mandarin oranges. Yumm!! Read More