Strawberry Pretzel Salad – A guaranteed hit at any parties! In one bite, you will get the saltiness from its pretzel crust, sweetness from the creamy and smooth cream cheese, and the fresh flavor from the strawberry and jello top layer! So irresistible! Great for holiday and birthday parties. Easy recipe, party desserts. Vegetarian. Video recipe. | Tipbuzz.comStrawberry Pretzel Salad – A guaranteed hit at any parties! In one bite, you will get the saltiness from its pretzel crust, sweetness from the creamy and smooth cream cheese, and the fresh flavor from the strawberry and jello top layer! So irresistible! Great for holiday and birthday parties. Easy recipe, party desserts. Vegetarian. Video recipe. | Tipbuzz.com

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad has mouthwatering layers of crushed pretzels and cheesecake topped with sliced strawberries in jello. It’s the perfect no-bake dessert you can make ahead of time for a party or holiday with friends and family. Plus video tutorial!This Strawberry Pretzel Salad has mouthwatering layers of crushed pretzels and cheesecake topped with sliced strawberries in jello. It's the perfect dessert you can make ahead of time for a party or holiday with friends and family.

Strawberry pretzel salad is a 3-layer dessert consisting of a strawberry jello topping, a cheesecake filling and a caramelized pretzel crust. It’s often called strawberry pretzel dessert or simply jello pretzel dessert.

This treat originated in the 1960s in The Joys of Jell-o cookbook according to Farmers Almanac, and has become an iconic southern tradition ever since. The combination of the crunchy pretzels, creamy filling and tart berries is totally irresistible!!!!

Strawberry pretzel salad is a 3-layer dessert consisting of a strawberry jello topping, a cheesecake filling and a caramelized pretzel crust. It's often called strawberry pretzel dessert or simply jello pretzel dessert.While strawberry pretzel salad is a holiday staple for Memorial Day or Fourth of July, it’s perfect to make for barbecues, potlucks and parties year round.

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You can make this dessert up to one day in advance. It doesn’t last longer because the strawberry jello will start to bleed red color into the filling. One thing is to keep in mind is you definitely need fresh, ripe strawberries for this recipe to get the gorgeous red color on top.

How to make strawberry pretzel salad

This dessert requires a bit of effort to make, since there are three layers. The first layer is the pretzel crust, which is made with your favorite crushed pretzels, melted butter and sugar:

Here is a photo of the pretzel crust pressed into the baking dish to make strawberry pretzel salad

This bakes for just 10 minutes in a 350°F oven – the only baking step in this otherwise no-bake recipe.

The next step is making the cream cheese filling. If you want to make it lighter, you can use light cream cheese.

Mixing the cream cheese layer in a mixing bowl for Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Cool whip is ideal because of its stability and stiffness. If you love homemade whipped cream, however, you can whip until stiff and fold in some powdered sugar for extra support.

Once the pretzel crust has cooled to room temperature, you can spread the filling on top. Try to get it as even and flat as possible with the help of a spatula.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad: Spreading the cream cheese layer until smooth in a 13x9 inch pyrex baking pan

And last but not least is the strawberry jello layer on top. Simply dissolve strawberry jello powder with boiling water to make liquid jello. Then slice up fresh strawberries and combine into the cooled jello.

Slicing the strawberries and combining with jello in a mixing cup when making Strawberry Pretzel Salad

The final step is putting the strawberry jello layer on top of the filling. It’s worth doing it slowly, so as to not upset the filling.

It looks a bit like a crime scene with jello pooling over the filling 🙂 You can either place the strawberries down one by one, or pour them onto a large spoon.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad: adding the strawberry jello layer on top of the smooth cream cheese layer in a rectangular baking pan

All you need to do now is give it a final chill in the refrigerator. Make sure your shelf is flat, and you’ll be good to go.

When it’s time to serve, use a sharp knife to cut through the layers, and a stiff spatula to scrape up the pretzel crust from the baking dish.

Watch how to make strawberry pretzel salad:

Strawberry Pretzel Salad closeup of the 3 layers in this delicious Southern dessert
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The Best Strawberry Pretzel Salad (Video recipe)

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad has mouthwatering layers of crushed pretzels and cheesecake topped with sliced strawberries in jello. It's the perfect southern dessert you can make ahead of time for a party or holiday with friends and family. Plus video tutorial!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pretzel, salad, strawberry
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 286 kcal
Author TipBuzz

Ingredients

Pretzel Crust

  • 3 1/2 cups pretzels crushed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted

Filling

Strawberry Topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Set aside a 9x13 inch glass baking dish.
  2. Place pretzels in a ziplock bag, seal and pound with a rolling pin to crush lightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add in the crushed pretzels and mix to coat.
  4. Press the pretzel mixture into the baking dish, and then bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine jello powder with boiling water. Stir slowly for one minute until dissolved and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
  7. Using a large spatula, fold in the cool whip until evenly blended.
  8. Once the baked pretzels are cool, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly on top until flat across the pan. Then chill for at least 30 minutes.
  9. While chilling, you can rinse, hull and slice the strawberries.
  10. Gently place the sliced strawberries onto the filling in a single layer. Add any remaining strawberries on top as a partial second layer.
  11. Once the jello mixture is room temperature, dribble on top of the strawberries using the back of a spoon for even distribution.
  12. Chill for at least two hours. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

Your fridge shelf should be flat and level to ensure the jello layer sets evenly across the baking dish.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Strawberry Pretzel Salad (Video recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 335mg 14%
Potassium 129mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 29g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 35.9%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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