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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.

Slice of Strawberry Pretzel Salad on a plate.

Easy Dessert Recipe

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

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.

Slice of Strawberry Pretzel Salad with fresh strawberries around it.

Tips For Making Strawberry Pretzel Salad

You can use frozen strawberries instead of fresh.

Be sure to spread the cream cheese layer all the way to the edges so that the jello layer doesn’t seep down and make the pretzels soggy.

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

Different versions of this recipe can easily be made. Try a Pineapple Pretzel Salad or using peaches or raspberries.

How To Serve

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

If it’s not strawberry season, you can use frozen strawberries. Be sure to thaw them and drain them well.

Storage

Will keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

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Watch the short video below to see how easy this dessert is.

Slice of Strawberry Pretzel Salad on a plate.

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.
PREP: 45 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes
TOTAL: 53 minutes
SERVINGS: 12

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 strawberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (can be refrigerated overnight at this point).
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: 4th of July, layer dessert

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Originally published May 5, 2014

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74 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!

  2. Elena Shetty

    Oh no, i would trade everything for this baby. Gorgeous. Gorgeous, Christin. I love it so much!

  3. Mary @chattavore

    I LOVE strawberry pretzel salad, but I can’t remember the last time I had it. I’m actually planning a little twist on it coming up on my blog in the next week or two!

  4. Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.

    This recipe sounds perfect! All of my favorite ingredients are in it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never tried combining pretzels with strawberries but it sounds delicious!

      1. So when I put the cream cheese topping on mine the pretzel crust was lifting up which then didnโ€™t allow me to spread evenly and the jello topping soaked in on parts any suggestions?

        1. Lisa Weyand

          Hmm…was the crust completely cooled before you spread the next layer? It should be so it is firm and won’t lift. I’ve chilled the crust before putting on the cheese layer and it worked great.

  5. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    You had me at the words pretzel + salad?! This looks incredible! Love the beautiful strawberry jelly!

  6. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    What a unique twist on jello salad. I’m all about that pretzel crust. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    This is one salad that definitely would not mind eating every single day! All that fresh strawberry goodness looks amazing with the pretzel crust!!

  8. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Christin, this ‘salad’ dessert looks so festive! I’m with you in loving summer strawberries. They are so juicy and flavorful this time of year. And, I love how light and fluffy this gem looks. Pinned!

  9. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    You know that I love this one with all of those fresh strawberries! And you said it’s salad, right? That means I can have two pieces ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Tom ~ Raise Your Garden

      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.

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh this looks fantastic, Christin! My aunt makes something very similar for family parties and I devour it every time. Love the strawberry and pretzel combo!

  11. 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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