Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   8-ounce can crushed pineapple
2 cup boiling water
2   10-ounce packages frozen strawberries
2   3-ounce packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
1   8-ounce container Cool Whip
3/4 cup sugar
1   8-ounce package cream cheese
3 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
2 cup crushed pretzels





Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Press this mixture into a 9x13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes.  Set aside and allow to cool.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar.  Fold in the Cool Whip, and spread over the cooled crust.  Refrigerate until well chilled.

In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and allow to cool slightly.  Add the strawberries and pineapple, and pour over the cream cheese mixture.  Refrigerate until serving time.

To serve, cut slices and serve with a dollop of Cool Whip.

Show: Paula's Home Cooking/Lady and Sons Too! cookbook/Nov/Dec 2005 issue
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Thank you Paula for sharing with us! First thing in the morning I aways trying to come up with "What's for supper" thank you for your help!

By Charlotte Mitchell on February 17, 2014


I made this for Thanksgiving, my family loved it. This dessert will be at the table for the Fourth of July meal. ENJOY

By vicki on January 29, 2014


I haven't made this yet. Do I use sweetened or unsweetened strawberries? I am making this for a family dinner Saturday.

By connie ingersoll on December 12, 2013


Love your recipes , hope you keep cooking and sharing them.. Ty so much Angeleena

By Angeleenanash on November 28, 2013


OM Gosh - This recipe is GREAT. I love the saltiness of the pretzels, the sweetness of the strawberries and the tang of the raspberries (that I added to the recipe). I can't wait to try different combinations. I also now want to try it with reduced sugars. Truthfully, I think it is more of a dessert than a salad. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

By Kay Reid on July 11, 2013


Thanks! You were there in a fix! I too had an issue with jello, but ended up improvising with fresh fruit and more Cool Whip for the first group and for today's 4th of July lunch, I had put the already set jello on top of the cream cheese mixture. (more fresh fruit blueberries & strawberries on top). It was a hit. Thanks!

By Sheila on July 04, 2013


You are the person that made me want to be a chef and my dream is to go to Lady and Sons in Savannah and i will stick up for and it makes me really mad that they are doing this to you. I am 13 and I will always say you were ans are my insperation

By Megan on July 04, 2013


I love this! I remember eating this at the Sunday evening church potlucks when I was younger.

By Karen Ferguson on June 13, 2013


I just tried to make this and it was a disaster :( everything was going smooth until I poured the jello on top. See, when the pretzels baked in the oven, they became separated from the edges of the pan...probably from the cooking spray? So when it came time to pour the jello on top, the liquid found the cracks, spilled under the crust and the whole thing lifted up. So right now, the crust and cream cheese filling is floating ON TOP of the jello.. I'm hoping that the jello will still set and it will taste delicious lol. Epic fail.... WE ARE EATING IT ANYWAYS!

By Elle on June 09, 2013


My friends and I ate Pretzel Salad this week made with Orange Jello and Pineapple.It was delicious-so refreshing! I want to try your recipe using the strawberries.

By Elizabeth Cox on May 30, 2013


I use strawberry glaze in leu of jello. It's a short cut and tastes better in my opinion!!!

By Sarah on May 10, 2013


Instead of the jello, I use the strawberry glaze with the strawberries. A lazy fix for not making jello.

By Anonymous on May 10, 2013


Im 17 years old and live on my own i'm about to try this recipe and for my spring party in hopes of getting wonderful comments. Thanks Paula love your show<3

By elizabeth on April 10, 2013


I have made this recipe before using peach jello and fresh peaches. For the pretzel crust I used half ginger snaps and pretzels. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. Fresh peaches and peach jello just as good as fresh strawberries and strawberry jello in the summer.

By Brenda on December 11, 2012


My mom has been making this for years its one of my FAVORITE desserts for a summer cookout! I always put cool-whip on top and add extra crushed pretzels on the top! YUM!!!

By Jessica on June 23, 2012


I'm thinking of making this with chocolate pudding instead of the strawberry/jello mixture....cream cheese, pretzels and chocolate??? Might work????

By Anonymous on June 09, 2012


I have been looking for this recipe for years. It was always a staple when I was little at the church pot luck dinners. I have two different cookbooks from my childhood church, and none of the church ladies submitted this recipe! Thank you, Paula, for posting this recipe.

By Karen Ferguson on June 06, 2012


I always love making this dessert; it's the first thing to disappear at company picnics or cook-outs! Of note: no need to drain the pineapple, and don't drain or even thaw the strawberries. Placing the frozen strawberries into the warm gelatin helps to set the gelatin.

By Attilla the Mum on May 15, 2012


i can't make this, i'll eat it all ..

By Anonymous on May 03, 2012


YUMMMM! Made this Salad this weekend. WOW! Everyone loved it. Will be a staple in my recipe collection. Thanks Paula

By Laura McConnell on April 30, 2012

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