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Bouncing around the holiday table, sides are just as crucial as the main course. No one is eating turkey or ham without their favorite sides, am I right? For those of you salty/sweet lovers out there, you’re sure to enjoy this light, sugary treat served on Hatteras Island tables year-round with hot meals, potlucks and holiday feasts! Best part? It can be prepared in advance to take a little pressure off of those cooking large meals.

Grandmom’s Watergate Salad Recipe


3.4 oz Pistachio Jell-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
2-8 oz cans Crushed Pineapple, undrained (20 oz can for crunchier/sweeter texture)
1 8 oz tub Original Cool Whip, thawed
¾ c Chopped Pecans
1 ½ c Mini Jet-Puffed Marshmallows


1. Combine the pineapple and Jell-O until the powder is largely dissolved.

2. Add in the pecans and marshmallows.

2. Once everything is well mixed, fold in the Cool Whip until a nice, fluffy texture is achieved. Chill, serve and enjoy!