Watergate salad is one of my daughter’s favorite salads. So, since it was her birthday the other day, I decided to make it for her. Also, she asked me the other day, why I didn’t have the watergate salad on the blog.
I told her that I thought it was, and then I looked and it wasn’t. So here it is. You wonder why this salad is called the watergate salad, is because an unnamed Chicago food editor renamed the Pistachio Pineapple Delight salad.
They changed the name trying to get publicity, and sure enough since the recipe was developed about the same time as the “Watergate scandal” it worked. This little salad helped up the business in the Watergate Hotel.
Anyway I thought it might be a great last minute salad for you for those days when you are in a hurry and it is one of those salads that you could use as a salad or a dessert!
I will always think of my mom when I make a salad with whipped topping. She was a busy woman that loved to help people, and I see my mother in myself. Going about a 100 miles and hour and forgetting to take time out for yourself.
But I have learned to slow down and enjoy life a little. I have made a couple of quilts and that has been a lot of fun. Sometimes when you are in the thick of making a quilt and it is not working how I think that it could be, then I get a little frustrated and want to throw it out.
However, I like to get a second opinion and two heads are better than one. That way we came up with a few new ideas and it worked out perfectly. It was smaller than I thought and I asked my neighbor what she thought.
She suggested that I put the white borer around the edge, it made the quilt a little larger and I felt like it pulled all of the quilt together, and then I trimmed it in scraps with the flowered material and then I loved the orange soft minky on the back!
It is so fun to take a break once in awhile and do something besides being in the kitchen. It is fun to create with fabric and it is also fun to create in the kitchen. I hope that you will get a chance to the Watergate salad.
Tips and tricks:
1- Make sure that the whipped topping is thawed or it will change the constancy of the salad.
2- You could also replace the pecans or walnuts with pistachios if you have some.
3- This does make a large salad, so you might want to half it.