Strawberry Pretzel Salad consists of strawberries, Jello and sweetened cream cheese layered over a crunchy pretzel crust. This old-time favorite is perfect for showers, potluck dinners and springtime celebrations!
The kids and I were going through some of their baby pictures the other day. One of the girls had to bring a few older pictures for a school project, and before I knew it, the other kids joined in, and we were knee-deep in a sea of nostalgia. It’s hard to believe my babies were that small — sniff, sniff!
Anyway, all of the reminiscing made me think of strawberry pretzel salad — amazing how the mind works! It was served at one of my baby showers, and I thought it was one of the best things I’d ever tasted. I don’t even remember anything else that was served, but I do remember this!
The kids didn’t even remember having this, so I thought it would be the perfect time to try it out.
If you’ve never had this dish before, the name is just slightly misleading. It really isn’t a salad at all, and it really is more like a dessert. But, it’s got strawberries, cream cheese, whipped topping and Jello. In other words — all things light, fluffy and fruity, so it’s perfect for spring.
It’s also super easy to make and to transport. So, if you’ve got a shower, potluck dinner or any type of spring or summer celebration coming up, this sweet and salty salad would be well received!
You make the pretzel crust first. You can use a blender or food processor to chop the pretzels or even crush them in a zip-top bag if you want. Then, you press it into a baking dish and bake it for a few minutes until it’s slightly crispy.
After it cools, you slather on the layer of sweetened cream cheese, and let it chill out for a little while.
The final layer consists of frozen strawberries mixed in strawberry Jello, and the end result is just gorgeous. I just love the colorful layers!
How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad
- For the Crust
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup butter melted
- For the Top Layers
- 1 8- oz package of cream cheese softnened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 8- oz tub of whipped topping like Cool Whip
- 2 10- oz packages of frozen strawberries
- 1 6- oz package of strawberry gelatin or Jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- Mix the pretzels, sugar and cinnamon with the melted butter
- Press into a lightly greased 13 x 9-in baking dish
- Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until firm and crisp. Allow to cool
- Mix the cream cheese and sugar until creamy, and fold in whipped topping
- Carefully spread over the pretzel layer, and refrigerate
- In a large bowl, mix the gelatin with the boiling water until dissolved, and let cool slightly
- Mix the frozen strawberries into the the Jello, and stir until it starts to thicken
- Pour over cream cheese layer
- Refrigerate until ready to serve
So, this isn’t exactly what you would call a healthy salad, but it’s one of those classic retro recipes that’s definitely worth trying. And if you grew up on strawberry pretzel salad and haven’t had it in a long time, one bite will take you back.
I hadn’t had this since my shower, and tasted exactly as I remembered — yum!