358 Fewer Calories
24g Less Fat
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
1 1/2 cups unsalted crushed pretzels (about 15 pretzel rods)
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons applesauce
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup reduced-fat nondairy whipped topping
2 cups boiling water
2 (0.30-ounce) packages sugar-free strawberry gelatin
2 cups cold water
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
Combine the pretzels, melted butter, applesauce, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl until blended. Press the mixture into the pan. Bake until just set, 5 – 7 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping. Spread the filling over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled, 30 – 40 minutes.
Pour the boiling water over the gelatin in a medium bowl, stirring until the gelatin dissolves completely, 1 – 2 minutes. Stir in the cold water until blended. Add the strawberries and crushed pineapple, stirring to combine well. Pour the gelatin mixture over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until set, 3 – 4 hours.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yield: 12 servings
Per Serving: (1/12th of salad): 211 Cal; 3 g Protein; 9 g Tot Fat; 6 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 30 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 22 g Sugar; 28 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 238 mg Sodium; 25 mg Cholesterol
An easy way to crush the pretzels is to place them in a food storage bag and crush them lightly with a rolling pin (or baseball bat) until the pretzels are finely crushed.
Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen
Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.
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