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Gluten Free Watergate Salad

Growing up, it wouldn’t have been a family celebration without Grandma Dot’s Green Fluff Salad. Today, on what would have been her 95th birthday, I’m sharing the recipe with you. 
Today would have been Grandma Dot, my grandmother’s, 95th birthday. Losing her was hard. We had a lot in common. We both read everything we could get our hands on, until she lost her eyesight (and I had twins and no time to read!) She taught me how to bake and tried to teach me how to embroider and knit. We’ve always lived far from “home” but I called her regularly. She always said the same thing. “Oh, things are good, just normal old people problems.” And never complained. Even at the end when she must have been struggling with so much pain from an aggressive undiagnosed cancer. Even though it’s been over two years, I still think about calling her only to remember that she passed away. Grandma Dot could really cook, really, the kind of meals that you remember for bringing a family together, but I remember her best for a couple of signature dishes, chicken and dumplings, date bars and Green Fluff salad.
Today, I’d love to  share Grandma Dot’s Green Fluff salad with you. You probably know it as Watergate Salad. Super easy to make and perfect for a sweet end of summer side. Grandma Dot made it for special occasions. Anytime there was a chicken and a family, there was green fluff salad.
You can find a variation of this recipe on  and about a hundred recipe sites. You might even have your own, tucked into the recipe binder your mom gave you.
A little Gluten-Free tip. Use JELL-O brand pudding. It’s made by Kraft and doesn’t contain gluten. In fact, Kraft always lists any gluten on the label. Here’s some info from the Kraft website:

Carefully read the ingredient statements on all food labels each time you make food selections. If a Kraft Foods product has an ingredient that is a source of gluten, the specific grain will be listed in the ingredient statement, even when present in small amounts. For labeling purposes, Kraft Foods products made with:

  • a gluten-containing grain as a direct ingredient will list the specific grain using commonly known terms such as “wheat, barley, rye and/or oats.”  For example:  “wheat flour.”
  • a source of gluten as a component of another ingredient such as flavors or modified food starch, will list the grain in parentheses after the ingredient in the ingredient line. For example,“natural flavor (contains rye).”

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Gluten Free Watergate Salad


  • 1 can  (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup  JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1-1/2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping


  1. Combine pineapple, pudding mix and marshmallows in a bowl.
  2. Stir until pudding is dissolved.
  3. Gently fold in Cool Whip.
  4. Chill at least 1 hour until set.

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Hey Friend! I'm so glad you dropped by! I'm Jodi, I'm a wife, mom of four, homeschooler and world traveler. I've been gluten free for over 15 years and I share tips and recipes especially for gluten free beginners on know gluten.

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