Mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries give this creamy Watergate salad a burst of color and flavor perfect for the holiday table.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix pineapple, mandarin oranges, whipped topping, marshmallows, cherries, and coconut together in a bowl. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours for flavors to blend.

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Nutrition Facts

347 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 61.5g 20% DV; fat 10.5g 16% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 87.6mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2013
I have made this salad several times. In addition to what is shown above I add 1 1/4 c. sour cream 1/4 - 1/2 c. walnuts and 1 tsp. orange extract to add a little more flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/29/2017
I actually thought this recipe was just ok.... it was a little bland so I added 1/4 c. of sugar and doubled the cherries. I accidentally only used 1 (8 oz.) tub of cool whip and I'm very glad I did since the recipe calls for 2.... it would have made for way too much cool whip which was already overpowering the dish. In the future I'd also add a little more coconut since 1/2 of a 3.5 oz package is very little.... in fact I couldn't even find a 3.5 oz package.... the extra coconut might help to sweeten it up more which will allow for less sugar to be added. After making the changes the recipe was delicious and everyone gobbled it up! Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
07/29/2017
I actually thought this recipe was just ok.... it was a little bland so I added 1/4 c. of sugar and doubled the cherries. I accidentally only used 1 (8 oz.) tub of cool whip and I'm very glad I did since the recipe calls for 2.... it would have made for way too much cool whip which was already overpowering the dish. In the future I'd also add a little more coconut since 1/2 of a 3.5 oz package is very little.... in fact I couldn't even find a 3.5 oz package.... the extra coconut might help to sweeten it up more which will allow for less sugar to be added. After making the changes the recipe was delicious and everyone gobbled it up! Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2013
I have made this salad several times. In addition to what is shown above I add 1 1/4 c. sour cream 1/4 - 1/2 c. walnuts and 1 tsp. orange extract to add a little more flavor. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2018
This is the same salad my grandmother use to make. If you want to know what is missing I’ll tell you. Add 1-2 packets of orange jello mix. Then stir really good. Add pecans and walnuts. (Chopped) some coconut and large curd cottage cheese Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
wow this was very good will make again.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2015
I followed this exactly and it was a hit. It's so light. I will definitely make it again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2015
Delicious! I substituted a can of fruit cocktail for one of the cans of pineapple. Out was just how my mom makes it! Thank you Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2017
Reminded be of a Ambrosia Fruit Salad my aunt used to make. My wife didn't care for the texture of the coconut but I liked it. I did add some peaches and overall I found it refreshing. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/02/2018
Its bland because they left out the main ingredient! You need 2 boxes of pistachio pudding mix. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2018
The taste is phenomenal!!!! So easy to put together. Throw ingredients into a bowl and mix then chill. Read More