Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

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My sister, Carol, has made this Strawberry Pretzel Salad for over 50 years. I admit, it’s my all-time favorite strawberry salad, especially around the holidays.

It may be the cherry red color, the strawberry sweetness with the salty pretzels in the salad, or the creaminess of the Cool Whip. Either way, it’s one salad we must make every single year!

This salad is sweet with a creamy texture and with a kick of salt with the pretzel crust, covered with strawberries. Every layer is yummy on its own, but layering them together makes the best of both worlds, flavor, and texture.

Make this for the holidays, a neighborhood party, church gathering, or take it to a family reunion! This is a popular one for the Fourth of July as well!

Adults and kids always love this recipe. It’s a big hit when we take it to a party. Of course, who doesn’t love anything homemade, right?

At our house, we love our berries. For me, it’s a debate whether to have some chocolate for a treat or a fresh bowl of berries. For Mark, there’s never a question, it’s berries every time. Whenever we sneak out for a shake at the local Dairy Queen or Arctic Circle, I end up with the Mud Pie and Mark has his raspberry-banana. What a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

Step One

Gather the ingredients so you’re ready to make the recipe. Drain the pineapple and crush the pretzels.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Step Two

Melt the butter in the oven set at 425°F – (218°C). I placed the pretzels in a baggie and used a rolling pin to crush them by rolling the rolling pin back and forth over the pretzels. Combine the crushed pretzels with sugar, stir until mixed completely.

Melt the Butter

Step Three

Spread the pretzel mixture over the melted butter.

Pretzels over the Butter

Step Four

Bake at 425°F – (218°C) for 5 minutes. Remove the pan and let it cool.

Baked Pretzels

Step Five

Combine Cool Whip, drained pineapple, sugar, and softened cream cheese. Mix thoroughly.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Step Six

Beat until smooth.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Step Seven

Spread the mixture over the cooled pretzel crust. Put the pan in the refrigerator to set the cream mixture.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Step Eight

Dissolve Jell-O in hot water. Add cold water and stir to mix. Add fresh or frozen fruit.

Red Jello

Finished Product

Scoop carefully over 2nd layer. Chill to set.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
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Carol’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Set In Fridge
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups pretzels (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 9 ounces Cool Whip
  • 6 ounces Strawberry or Raspberry Jell-O
  • 2 packages frozen strawberries or raspberries (or fresh)
1st Layer:
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted in 9-inch x 13-inch glass pan
  • 2 cups pretzels, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Mix pretzels with sugar and sprinkle over melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes.
2nd layer:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 9-ounce carton Cool Whip
Mix and spread over pretzel crust.
3rd layer:
  • 6 ounce pkg. Strawberry or Raspberry Jell-O
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 pkg. frozen fruit strawberries or raspberries
Dissolve Jell-O in hot water. Add cold water and stir to mix. Add frozen fruit. Pour carefully over 2nd layer. Chill to set.
Instructions
  1. Layer one: Melt the butter in the pan. Mix pretzels with sugar and sprinkle over melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes.

    Layer Two: Combine the cream cheese, sugar, Coolwhip, and drained pineapple. Mix and spread over pretzel crust.

    Layer Three: Dissolve Jell-O in hot water. Add cold water and stir to mix. Add frozen fruit. Pour carefully over 2nd layer. Chill to set.

How do I store this salad?

I stored mine in the refrigerator in the 9″ by 13″ pan with the lid. You could cover the pan with plastic wrap to keep the strawberries from drying out.

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Can I freeze this salad?

I would not recommend it. The Jell-O could separate and become runny, I’m afraid.

Can I use different fruit or gelatin?

You can use just about any fruit, just use peach gelatin with peaches, raspberry gelatin with raspberries, and so forth. They would all be delicious!

Can I use real whipping cream?

Absolutely, nothing is better than real whipped cream, right?

Does it matter what kind of pretzels I use?

I have always used the curly-style pretzels with my salad. I did see some straight stick pretzels at the store, and I’m sure they’d work just fine since we crush them anyway. Just make sure the pretzels have the salt included or the salad will taste much different.

Will most any type of fruit work in this salad?

As mentioned above, try other varieties of fruit, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the results. You just need to adjust the flavor of gelatin to match the fruit as best you can.

What can I serve with a Strawberry Pretzel Salad?

  • Baked Chicken
  • Fried Chicken
  • Pulled Pork
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Oven Baked Veggies
  • Tossed Salad
  • Chef Salad
  • Tri-Tip
  • Roast Beef
  • Barbequed Hamburgers

Final Word

Please let me know if you have made a pretzel salad. My goal is to teach others to cook from scratch, it’s a skill we must show our kids and grandkids. May God Bless this world, Linda

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8 thoughts on “Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

  • December 11, 2021 at 7:36 am
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    5 stars
    Love this salad! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I have a lot of jello recipes from it’s heyday in the 70’s but this is my favorite.

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    • December 11, 2021 at 9:16 am
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      Hi Kay, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! I just found my old Jello cookbook from 1981! This is my favorite as well!! Linda

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  • December 11, 2021 at 7:39 am
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    5 stars
    Oh, I remember this. So long ago and oh so good. I think I will add this to my Christmas must do.
    My mom used to make this. I forgot all about it. Num, num, num!
    Thanks for all the good reminders of times past. Time to renew the old recipes.
    Some very good ones haves fallen by the wayside.

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    • December 11, 2021 at 9:18 am
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      Hi Mary, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! I totally agree on the oldies but goodie recipes have fallen by the wayside. It’s so fun to dig out these recipes! Linda

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  • December 11, 2021 at 9:47 am
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    I like to use strawberry junket instead of the jello! It works so much better and doesn’t get watery after a few days like the jello does.

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    • December 11, 2021 at 10:44 am
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      Hi Lori, oh this is a great idea! Thanks for the tip!! Linda

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  • December 13, 2021 at 12:06 am
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    5 stars
    It has been a tradition for several years for my daughter to make this salad at Christmas time. It is a favorite of my 2 granddaughters. We usually have baked ham for Christmas and it goes perfect with it. I’m looking forward to getting to eat some of this delicious salad. YUM!

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    • December 13, 2021 at 8:37 am
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      Hi Frances, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend!! I love hearing it’s your family’s tradition as well! I LOVE this salad!! Linda

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