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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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Strawberry pretzel salad is a summer staple. It has layers of salty pretzel crust, a creamy cheesecake like center and yummy strawberry topping. It is perfect for BBQs and family reunions.

slices of strawberry jello pretzel salad ready to eat.

This yummy recipe is a classic for good reason. It is such a perfect combination of flavors and textures.

I just love that dishes like this are called salad. It makes it feel okay to serve it as a side dish instead of a dessert.

Though we did actually enjoy this one as a dessert as that is truly what it is whether we want to admit that or not. I won’t judge you no matter how or when you serve it.

Recently my dad mentioned how he was craving strawberry pretzel dessert. I knew I could make that happen for him.

We have had a recipe for an orange creamsicle pretzel salad here for quite a while. There is also a delicious recipe for cherry cheesecake pretzel salad, but somehow I hadn’t posted a recipe for the classic strawberry version.

So I had to share it with you. It will ne a perfect addition to your picnic, bbq, potluck or bbq menu.

Making the layers

This yummy dish is built on a base layer of crushed pretzels. The salty crunchy pretzel bits are mixed with sugar and butter to make a crust just like you would a graham cracker crust.

pretzel crust in pan waiting for filling

The middle layer is simply made with cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and whipping cream. Some folks use Cool Whip or whipped topping, but I prefer using whipped cream and it is just as easy.

The top layer is made from strawberry Jello and water. A lot of people use frozen sweetened strawberry slices, but this time I used a can of strawberry pie filling to make it extra simple.

Cream cheese filling spread over pretzel crust with bowl of strawberry jello in background.

The only real trick is to make sure the cream cheese mixture is spread all the way out to touch the pan all the way around. That keeps the liquid jello mixture from seeping below it.

Once it is all layered, it needs to chill for a few hours. That allows it to set up and become perfect for cutting and serving.

More great Jello recipes

Cherry pineapple Jello salad is sure to be a hit with your family. It is a simple make ahead side dish or simple dessert that is festive for a holiday or fun for a BBQ.   

Creamy orange jello dotted with mandarin slices and topped with a fluffy vanilla topping makes for a perfectly refreshing and delicious orange creamsicle jello salad!

piece of pretzel salad with pretzel crust, creamy cheesecake center and strawberry jello topping.

Creamy green gelatin salad has bright flavor and is fun to serve!  This recipe is coming to you from great-grandma’s recipe box.

Red white and blue stained glass Jello is perfect for patriotic summer holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However you can mix and match the colors to make it perfect for any holiday or event.

7 Up Jello Salad is a perfect retro recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a potluck anytime throughout the year.

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Yield: 12 Servings

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

pieces of strawberry jello pretzel salad with creamy white filling in the center.

Strawberry pretzel salad is a summer staple. It has layers of salty pretzel crust, a creamy cheesecake like center and yummy strawberry topping. It is perfect for BBQs and family reunions.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 oz strawberry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 21 oz can strawberry pie filling
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir together pretzels and sugar in a 9x13-inch pan. Drizzle butter over mixture, stirring to coat. Pan into a crust.
  3. Bake 15 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, dissolve jello in boiling water. When the powder is dissolved, stir in the pie filling. Set aside to cool.
  5. When the pan with the pretzel crust is cooled to room temperature, beat cream cheese until it is smooth. Add sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  6. Slowing beat in the whipping cream. Beat on high until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  7. Spread cream cheese mixture over the pretzel crust, make sure the filling touches the edge of the pan everywhere.
  8. Gently pour the jello mixture over the filling. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until set.
  9. Serve chill and refrigerate leftovers.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Strawberry pretzel salad is a summer staple. It has layers of salty pretzel crust, a creamy cheesecake like center and yummy strawberry topping. It is perfect for BBQs and family reunions.

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Andrea Nine

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

This is one of our favorites, especially in the summer! I like making it with pineapple too! Now you’ve got me wanting to make it again ASAP! Have a great day!

Carlee

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Oooh, pineapple sounds delicious. I'm going to have to do that one!

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