Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad is an easy dessert with a buttery pretzel crust,  a rich cream cheese layer, and fresh strawberries on top.

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!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad on a plate


This old-fashioned treat is called pretzel “salad” but really it’s a layered dessert that has a no-bake cheesecake layer and is topped with fresh berries and Jello.

  • 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 great in this recipe.

Ingredients for Strawberry Pretzel Salad in a pan

To Make Strawberry 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 (per the recipe below).
  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.

Refrigerate overnight. When ready to enjoy, cut into squares and serve!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad in a pan being made

Tips for Perfection

  • Cool layers: Allow each layer to cool/chill before adding the next layer.
  • Protect the crust: Spread the cream cheese layer all the way to the edge to prevent the pretzel crust from becoming soggy.
  • Cool Jello: 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: Whipped topping is a more stable ingredient that sets more firmly. Whipped cream can ‘weep’.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad served on a plate

To Make Ahead

Strawberry pretzel salad is best when made at least half a day in advance (making it a great dessert or potluck dish). It needs a minimum of four hours to set up, or preferably longer. It will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator.

This dessert does not freeze well.

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad on a plate
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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 Holly Nilsson
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!


Pretzel Crust
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
Creamy Filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip defrosted
Strawberry Topping
  • 6 ounces Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine crushed pretzels, butter, and sugar in a bowl and press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake 10 minutes and cool completely.
  • 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.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine Jell-O and boiling until jello is dissolved. Allow mixture to sit at room temperature until completely cooled.
  • Place sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture. Pour cooled Jell-O overtop.
  • Refrigerate until firmly set at least 4-6 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Information

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

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

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Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Everyone said it was delicious. I used no sugar strawberry Jell-O and low sugar Cool Whip but after I ate some I thought it needed to be sweeter and more cool whip to be creamier. There was no crunch from the pretzels. They had absorbed moisture. I also added nuts between the creamy layer in the strawberry Jell-O layer but there was not much crunch there either. I also wish I had more Cool Whip to have as a garnish for the top. It was better after it came to room temperature.

  2. Delicious!!! I LOVED the fresh strawberries instead of the frozen ones. I did use about 5 frozen strawberries to set my jello. Once it was set I threw them out. I also used 1 1/2 cream cheese. I set each phase for one hour in the refrigerator. Turned out perfectly, crust and all. Wish I could show pictures. 5 stars

  3. While the taste is good, you would have to use an 8×8 pan or double the filling to get it to look like above. My crust and filling didn’t even make it close to half way up the pan. I will make note for next time though and try again.3 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed the taste Karina! In the pictures, we did make it in a 9×13, but an 8×8 or 9×9 would work too.

  4. When making the Strawberry Pretzel Salad, making the jello, the directions on the Jello box says add 2cups boiling water and also 2 cups cold water. Do we follow the Jello directions? You recipe says add just the 2cups boiling water.

  5. Smelled so good assembling, wish me luck. Couldn’t get into the kitchen until exactly 4 hours, put in freezer during steps.
    Has anyone tried putting a layer of crushed pineapple in between layers?5 stars

    1. I used half pineapple juice and half water when making the jello. If you want to include crushed pineapple, I’d drain really well and mix it in the cream cheese/cool whip mixture (kinda like a pineapple delight dessert).