Strawberry Pretzel Salad


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Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic easy dessert that never goes out of style. A combination of salty pretzels, a rich cream cheese layer and fresh strawberries is combined to create the perfect picnic or potluck dessert! 

Everyone loves a good fresh Strawberry Pie but when we have to feed a crowd, this strawberry pretzel dessert tops my list! Not only is it delicious, it’s best made ahead of time for the perfect potluck treat!

A slice of strawberry pretzel salad topped with cool whip and a slice of strawberry.

What’s in Strawberry Pretzel Salad?

This old fashioned treat is not a salad at all, but a layered dessert that is part no bake cheesecake, and part fruit salad with Jello.

  • Pretzel Crust: crushed salted pretzels, butter, sugar
  • Creamy Filling: cream cheese, sugar, cool whip
  • Strawberry Topping: strawberry jello, sliced fresh strawberries

You can use frozen strawberries if you can’t find fresh (defrost and drain first). You could also substitute or add other fresh fruit. Raspberries or peaches would taste terrific combined with the strawberries.

The crushed pretzel crust pressed into a baking back with the creamy filling in a bowl on the side.

To Make Jello Pretzel Salad

Strawberry jello pretzel salad comes together in three easy steps. Be sure to chill each step between so they set.

  1. Crust: Combine crushed pretzels, sugar and butter and press into the bottom of a pan.
  2. Creamy Filling: Whip cream cheese and sugar, fold in whipped topping. Spread over the pretzel layer and refrigerate until firm.
  3. Strawberry Topping: Combine jello and water with strawberries and pour over the creamy layer.

To let it fully set, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. When ready to enjoy, cut into squares and serve!

Two images showing before and after the jello mixture is poured over the strawberry layer.

Tips for the Best Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  • Allow each layer to cool/chill before adding the next layer.
  • Spread the cream cheese layer all the way to the edge to prevent the pretzel crust from becoming soggy.
  • Allow the Jell-o to cool down to room temperature before pouring on the fresh strawberries so the heat doesn’t wilt them.
  • Use whipped topping, not fresh whipped cream. The whipped topping is a more stable ingredient that sets more firmly.

A close up of a slice of strawberry pretzel salad on a plate.

Can You Make it in Advance?

Strawberry pretzel salad is best when made at least half a day in advance. It needs at least four hours to set up, or preferably longer. It will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator.

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Review Recipe

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Author Kathleen
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic family favorite dessert. This easy make ahead recipe is the most delicious combo of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy!

Ingredients

Pretzel Crust
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
Creamy Filling
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 oz Cool Whip defrosted
Strawberry Topping
  • 6 oz Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Combine crushed pretzels, sugar and butter in a bowl and press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake 10 minutes and cool completely.

  3. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy. Gently fold in Cool Whip. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

  4. Large mixing bowl combine Jell-O and boiling until jello is dissolved. Allow mixture to sit at room temperature until completely cooled.

  5. Place sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture. Pour cooled Jell-O overtop.

  6. Refrigerate until firmly set at least 4-6 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 244, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 274mg, Potassium: 94mg, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 360%, Vitamin C: 28.2%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 0.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Strawberry Pretzel Salad
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This strawberry pretzel salad recipe takes 20 mins to prep and is best made ahead of time! Start with a pretzel crust, then a creamy filling, and top with a fresh strawberry & jello mixture! This dessert is so easy to make and always a hit with friends and family! #spendwithpennies #strawberrypretzelsalad #dessert #kidfriendly #jellorecipe
This strawberry pretzel salad recipe takes 20 mins to prep and is best made ahead of time! Start with a pretzel crust, then a creamy filling, and top with a fresh strawberry & jello mixture! This dessert is so easy to make and always a hit with friends and family! #spendwithpennies #strawberrypretzelsalad #dessert #kidfriendly #jellorecipe

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