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!