Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad
In the company I worked for a few years ago, we celebrated "the 12 days of Christmas" with food, which basically was people bringing different foods for 12 days leading into Christmas. I looked forward to the twelve days. All the yummy food that everyone brought, new things that I'd not tried before and in some cases, never even heard of! That was fun! One of my colleagues would bring this wonderful tasting dessert every year. It has a not-so-interesting name "Watergate Salad" but tastes wonderful and is very simple to make. The prep time is all of 3 minutes and there's no cooking time. You've gotta love that! We had some friends over for dinner the other night and I made this dish. It was an instant hit. Here's the original recipe from my ex-colleague.

1 3 oz packet Pista Pudding mix
1 20 oz can Crushed Pineapple
1 cup Cool Whip or Cool Whip Lite
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup crushed pecans

In a bowl, mix the can of crushed pineapple (along with the liquid), the pudding mix and whipped cream together. Whisk well so that it's well blended. Mix in the marshmallows and pecans. Garnish with more crushed pecans. Refrigerate for an hour. That's it!
The original recipe calls for 1 packet of pista pudding mix. I used 1/2 packet pista and 1/2 packet vanilla pudding mixes.


Jayashree said...

Never ever heard of or tried this before....but with marshmallows and pineapple in it, Iam sure it is delicious.

Sia's corner said...

he he... what a cool name!!! and even betterto know that it takes 3 mins... will definately try it out:)

Lakshmik said...

Hey Vani. Nice recipe. I have a slightly different version. Will post sometime soon.

Mythreyee said...

Hi Vani, I love all the Ingredients in your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Trupti said...

I have had this before...and that too at work parties! One of the nurses used to make this all the time...and I used to devour it!

Thanks for the recipe!


Asha said...

Watergate Salad! Sounds a little scary, Vaniamma:D:D

Looks great , never tried this before.Thanks for a new recipe.

Have a great weekend:))

Having little trouble leaving a comment! Asha of FH

Vani said...

J- It sure is delicious! Do try it sometime.

Supriya- yup, can't beat the 3 minutes prep time, right? Do let me know when you try it.
I hope you're feeling better about the anon comment. We're all with you.

Pooja said...

Hi Vani,
nice recipe. I Never had it. soon going to try it out. Nice picture. :)
Stay tuned

Vani said...

Lakshmi- I'm looking forward to your recipe. Small variations can make a world of difference in taste. I'd love to try yours! :)

Mythreyee- You know it can't be bad if you love the ingredients in it already! :)
Going off track here - I'm curious how non-desis would pronounce your name. With simple name like mine, I'm called van-ee, when they see the spelling. And when they hear my name they spell either "vonnie" or "vanni"! It must be a task getting them to pronounce yours :) BTW, I think it's a very pretty name.

Vani said...

Trupti- yup, it's one of those recipes that since it is so easy to make, ones makes at every opportunity one gets! Especially if it is a big gathering, this makes for an easy and delicious dessert.

Vani said...

Asha - I had to laugh when I saw u mentioned Asha of FH. Like there could be anyone else who would call me Vaniamma! :)
I had so much trouble leaving a comment on someone's site that i gave up after 3 tries! I've finally come to realize that it's good to first just sign into Blogger beta and then it's easy to leave comments.
Happy Thanksgiving, Ashamma! ;)

shankari said...

I have bought all the ingredients for the salad, will be making it tomorrow, thanks Vani!

Nee said...

Nice recipe...'Vaniamma' ;-))
Where do you get this pista pudding mix - I've only seen vanilla/chocolate pudding mixes, I'll have to look harder.
Think this can this be made without marshmallows? They contain gelatin, right?


Vani said...

Pooja- thank you, esp for the "nice picture" comment! :) Pictures are my one bane with blogging. I'm getting better at it, though! Do let me know when you try.

Shankari- LOVE your enthu! :) Do let me know if you liked it.

Vani said...

Nee- You should be able to get it in a regular grocery store, along with the vanilla and chocolate instant pudding (or pie filling) mix packets. I've seen Jell-o and Royal brands here. There may be many other brands too. This can be made without the marshmallows too and would still taste great. I believe marshmallows do contain gelatin.
Happy Thanksgiving, Nee "amma"! ha ha ! That sounds really funny! :)

Asha said...

UH OH!! What did I start?!Too many ammas here:D

Hey I am e mailing you from the beach:D I know, I know, but EVERYTHING is closed today, got nothing else to do but watch the ocean and some surfing the blog!Kids are inthe pool.Cloudy but warm day here at the Myrtle Beach,SC.

Vani said...

Asha of FH (ha ha) - Myrtle Beach! Nice!!
Told you NOT to take that laptop! But looks like you're having fun with sun and "surfing"! ;)

We planned to go to Myrtle Beach earlier this year but somehow it never worked out. Continental had a great deal a few weeks ago but it would be the first time flying with M and we are just not prepared for that yet. Hopefully, we'll actually go there sometime! (N & I are great at planning but not executing them!)
Have a fun, relaxed holiday Asha!

Sia's corner said...

hi vani,
thanks a lot girl for all ur support... it made me much stronger emotionally... wishing u a very happy thanks giving:) enjoy:)

Nandita said...

If all salads were like this, then i could live on them alone
Nic eblog here Vani

Reeta Skeeter said...

lovely pic!! i wanna pick it up from ur blog and eat it ;)
Happy Blogging!

Vcuisine said...

Something new for me Vani. Tks for sharing. Viji

Vani said...

Supriya- Glad to be there for you, girl! We've gotta stick together. All the support you got from all of us should discourage whoever that AH was, from doing it again to somebody else.

Nandita- thanks! Love your blog too! I'm a regular visitor there! :)

Vani said...

Rita Skeeter- Thanks! And Happy Blogging yourself! :)

Viji- anytime! I love simple recipes and this one is probably the simplest dessert there is!

Seema Bhat said...

oh wow this looks delicious and easy ...just one quick question to ask ..can i substitue pista pudding with just vanilla? just let me know if it will still taste good bcoz i have vanilla pudding stocked up in my pantry and wanted to try out some new recipe and yours came out just in time ..
Thanks agian

Vani said...

Hi Seema! Yup, this would taste good with vanilla too. My thinking is - you can't go wrong with vanilla, anytime! :)

rooma said...

Sigh!!!! only if this was a salad..... I would go on a diet everyday.... hahaha..... great recipe Vani.... never heard of it before.... BTW..... what is a pudding mix???

indosungod said...

Vani, sounds delicious, wondering why the name though, living near DC I hear often about the Watergate scandal but never heard of Watergate Salad that is so sweet.

Vani said...

Rooma- Pudding mix is the instant pudding mix packets you get in regular grocery stores. They are also called pie filling mixes. Popular brands are Royal and Jello.

Indosungod- Yeah, right? It IS a weird name for a dish, that too a dessert! Probably it was first made at the Watergate hotel? Hey, you never know. That just might be the reason for the name! :)

Sandeepa said...

great easy recipe...shall definitely try this. I liked the scandalous name, any reason ?
BTW are you somewhere from NJ, just asking

Vani said...

Hey Sandeepa! Not sure why the name but it sure is scandalous! :)
Yup, I live in central NJ.

Maheswari said...

I was looking for a simple dessert to make for friends who are coming next weekend, found one.Super easy dessert, Will try ...

Vani said...

Hi Maheshwari! Yup, this is super simple. I'd made this for about 15 adults and 5 children and the prep time was still the same! Do try it and let me know.

Madhuram said...

Wow, such an interesting recipe. I want to try it very soon.