Welcome to Southern Savers, where finding deals and steals is simple and rewarding!

See I told you, this would help!

Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

Going Nuts? I can help you understand coupon terms and abbreviations

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure here.

A copy cat recipe to the amazing Mandarin Pineapple Dream you can get at Honey Baked Ham Company. Super Easy and incredibly delicious.

Last week I went into a Honey Baked Ham local store armed with a free coupon for a sandwich.  I decided to splurge on my free lunch and get a side.   They have the most amazing “fruit salad” I’ve ever had.  They call it Mandarin Pineapple Dream which is a very fitting name.  As I ate it I began dissecting it.  It’s very simple to make yourself and much cheaper  than to buy from them at $5.99 a pint.

I love that it takes no baking, or cooking and can be put together ahead of time.  This is perfect for a lighter dessert.

Copycat Mandarian Pineapple Dream Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 182

Fat per serving: 7g

Copycat Mandarian Pineapple Dream Recipe

A copy cat recipe to the amazing Mandarin Pineapple Dream you can get at Honey Baked Ham Company. Super Easy and incredibly delicious.

4 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Pineapple Tidbits 20 oz drained
  • 1 Can Pineapple Crushed, 10 oz drained
  • 2 cans Mandarian Oranges, 11 oz, drained
  • 1/4 cup Coconut, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
  • 3/4 Cool Whip 8 oz container

Directions

  1. Drain all fruit in the same colander, leave in the colander and mash with potato masher (or just wash the bottom of an empty can and use that) to push out extra fluid and break up mandarin slices slightly.
  2. Put fruit and all other ingredients into a bowl. Mix together. And eat!

Notes

If you don't have crushed pineapple, just mash harder or use a quick pulse of a food processor on any other type you do have. If you want to reduce calories you can do half low fat Cool Whip and half regular. It doesn't turn out that great to use all low fat though.

    • SeanMart69

      My Grandmother passed on a very similar recipe that I make during the Holidays. The only other ingredient I add are a small 4 serving package of Pistachio Instant pudding and a small jar of drained and finely chopped Maraschino cherries. It usually served as a dessert. She always called it Watergate Salad. I was never sure why.

      • Shay
      • mrs b

        I’ve heard it called that, too. Apparently it was because the recipe debuted at that time and is full of nuts–see link:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_salad

      • jenjav

        mine still makes it and i asked her why its called watergate salad, she didnt know.

      • Julie

        I think it was created during the Presidental Watergate scandal of 1972. It was a popular salad then. HTH

      • Corky

        It was called Watergate salad because it had lots of nuts! That’s what my Mom said!

      • happyinharned

        It is called Watergate because it has 7 ingredients and that is somehow symbolic with Watergate?

      • happyinharned

        It is called Watergate because it has 7 ingredients and that is somehow symbolic with Watergate?

    • blessedwith2

      Yum, thanks for sharing this

    • Wendy

      My grandmother has made this for years except she always adds halved maraschino cherries. So yummy!!!

      • The cherries sound like a great addition! I confess in younger years I’ve been known to just eat the jar and never put them in the salad, so now I just never buy them for safety sake :)

    • Rachel

      I make one similar with a small box of orange jello, cool whip, cottage cheese, mandarin oranges and pineapples. We affectionately call it “orange stuff”. One year at a family gathering we had “orange” stuff, “pink” stuff (recipe uses cherry pie filling), “purple” stuff (uses dark cherries and cream cheese) and “green” stuff (watergate salad mentioned below. It as a whole rainbow of desserts :)

    • Rachel

      I make one similar with a small box of orange jello, cool whip, cottage cheese, mandarin oranges and pineapples. We affectionately call it “orange stuff”. One year at a family gathering we had “orange” stuff, “pink” stuff (recipe uses cherry pie filling), “purple” stuff (uses dark cherries and cream cheese) and “green” stuff (watergate salad mentioned below. It as a whole rainbow of desserts :)

      • CindyLouWho

        Being from TN we call it BIG Orange Salad…and my kids love it simply because of the name.