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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This strawberry pretzel salad is a delicious and refreshing dessert for any family get-together! This old-fashioned recipe tastes just how grandma used to make it and will send you back to childhood summers. I mean- it's strawberries and pretzels... what's not to love? 
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • 9 x 13 inch baking pan
  • Hand mixer (or stand mixer)


  • 2 ½ cups pretzels, coarsely crushed
  • cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 oz. container of whipped topping
  • 6 oz. strawberry Jello (2 - 3 oz. packages)
  • 20 oz. frozen sliced strawberries (sweetened)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine crushed pretzels, softened butter and 3 Tbs of sugar. Mix well.
  • Press in the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan and bake at 350 deg for 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • While the crust is baking and cooling, cream the softened cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Gently fold in the 8 oz. whipped topping, mixing well.
  • Spread cream mixture over the cooled pretzels.
  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the Jello into 2 cups of boiling water.
  • Add the frozen strawberries to the Jello, breaking them up with a fork as you stir.
  • Chill strawberry Jellow mixture until slightly thickened.
  • Pour over the Cool Whip layer.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours, until completely set.


  • This is the perfect dish to make ahead of time since you need to chill it for 4 hours after making it!
Keyword fruit, salad, side dish, summer