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strawberry pretzel salad on a white plate
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is an old fashioned dessert salad made with strawberries, Jello gelatin and sweetened cream cheese layered over a sweet and salty pretzel crust.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword strwberry pretzel salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
refrigeration time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 380kcal
Author Dee


For the Crust

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese softnened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 8 oz tub of whipped topping like Cool Whip

Strawberry Jello Layer

  • 2 10- oz packages of frozen strawberries
  • 6 oz package of Jello strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water


Pretzel Crust

  • Mix the crushed 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

Cream Cheese Layer

  • Mix the cream cheese and sugar until creamy, and fold in whipped topping
  • Carefully spread over the pretzel layer, making sure to cover the entire layer all the way to the edges of the baking dish, and refrigerate until firm

Strawberry Jello Layer

  • 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 evenly over cream cheese layer
  • Refrigerate until Jello is set and firm ( 2 hours to overnight), and keep refrigerated until ready to serve


Don't bake crust any longer than 10 minutes for best results.
You can use fresh strawberries, but frozen ones help the Jello set faster. You can also slice fresh strawberries and freeze in a single layer until firm.
Cinnamon is optional.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg