Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This old-fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Salad consists of a salty pretzel crust topped with a creamy and sweet cream cheese layer and a strawberry jello topping filled with fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

It’s the perfect dessert to satisfy your salty-sweet cravings and take advantage of in-season strawberries.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad. A crunchy pretzel layer topped with a creamy cream cheese filling and a layer of jello on top.

This is far from your typical salad. In fact it’s not a salad at all. Strawberry Pretzel Salad is along the lines of Watergate Salad. A dessert that’s called a salad. It tastes similar to a no-bake cheesecake.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

If you like a little saltiness in your sweets, you will find this Strawberry Pretzel Salad to be addictive. Each of the 3 layers is delicious on its own, but put them all together and you have amazing flavor and texture contrasts.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic summer dessert that makes a wonderful make-ahead dish for a potluck or picnic.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

5 from 1 vote
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
53 mins
 
This old-fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Salad consists of a salty pretzel crust topped with a creamy and sweet cream cheese layer and a strawberry jello topping filled with fresh strawberries.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 12
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 2 cups crushed thin salted pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (6-ounce) package strawberry Jello-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups thinly sliced fresh straberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together crushed pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons sugar. Press into a lightly greased 9X13-inch pan. Bake for 8 minutes and cool completely.
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping using a rubber spatula. Spread over cooled pretzel crust being sure cream cheese mixture completely covers and seals the crust. This will help keep the jello layer from seeping down.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (can be refrigerated overnight at this point).
  5. In a bowl, whisk together jello and boiling water until jello is completely dissolved. Add the strawberries. Refrigerate for 5 minutes and then pour on top of cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until firm.

 

25 thoughts on “Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  1. This is so great! What I love about this is its salty-sweet flavor. It’s not too sweet and not too salty. It does have the exact amount of flavors needed. And of course, the fresh strawberries are something look forward from this recipe. Absolutely delicious!

    1. Not too sweet is right. But I also like the cream cheese in here not to mention the pretzel crust. And I’m on dessert duty for Mother’s Day. This is more stressful than loosing to my students at badminton (gym teacher here). And my in-laws are coming and expect me to whip up something.

  2. I love using strawberries in desserts, especially this time of year when they’re so fresh. This looks delicious! Love the pretzel crust on the bottom too.

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