Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert

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Classic Strawberry pretzel salad dessert is a childhood favorite and easy to make. It’s crunchy, sweet, savory, full of flavor, and makes a great drop-off treat or everyday dessert. 

I’ve been making my way through a family cookbook and stumble upon a dessert I haven’t had since I was a kid.

Strawberry pretzel salad bar on a plate with whipped cream and pretzels, creating a delightful strawberry pretzel salad dessert.
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I remember loving when my mom would make this strawberry pretzel salad dessert because it was the best salad I’d ever had by a long shot. 

I still don’t know why or how Jello became salad but you’ll hear no arguments from me. And I don’t even really like Jello! The combination of texture with sweet and savory elements makes this the perfect dessert. 

Don’t have strawberries? Try this Maine blueberry cake instead!

Ingredients for Strawberry Pretzel Salad

What I love about this dessert is its basic ingredients. They are easy to find and you may have a few in your pantry already. 

You will need:

  • Strawberries (I prefer fresh but frozen works too)
  • Strawberry Jello
  • Pretzels
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Whipped Topping
  • Milk
Pretzel Salad Ingredients
Pretzel Salad Filling ingredients on counter

Once you have everything you need, you’ll make your dessert in two stages. 

The first is to combing the butter and pretzels into the bottom layer and bake. 

Strawberries and Jello in mixing bowls

While that is cooling, prepare your strawberries and mix up the cream filling. 

Then it’s as simple as spreading that on and topping with the strawberries. 

Finally, you’ll prepare the Jello, pour it on and let it set for a few hours. 

Steps Collage

Waiting is the hardest part, I assure you! But it will be so worth it when you put that first slice on your plate. 

It’s so yummy. 

Pretzel Salad in the pan with Spatula

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is one of those things that sounds so strange on paper, but it really is delicious! 

If you didn’t grow up with this treat on the menu, give it a shot and let me know what you think. 

A plate of strawberry pretzel salad dessert with a fork.

In fact, this would be a great recipe for the budding cooks in your house. If the kids are learning how to use the kitchen, they will love making this. 

And of course, eating it. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert

4.55 from 11 votes
Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic dessert that is so unique and fun to eat. It's crunchy and sweet with a delicious savory kick. Perfect for gifting or a weekday treat.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 4 hours 25 minutes
Yield: 12


  • 2 2/3 Cup Coarsely Crushed Pretzels
  • 3/4 Cup plus 3 TBSP Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Tub Cool Whip Topping
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Large Box Strawberry Jello
  • 16 oz Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water


  • Cream together butter, 3Tbsp Sugar and crushed pretzels and press into 9×13 pan
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F
  • Let cool
  • Mix cream cheese and the rest of the sugar until creamy and add whipped topping
  • Spread evenly over pretzels and make sure to seal all edges well. You won’t want holes at all.
  • Stir 2 Cups boiling water with Jello and let thicken slightly
  • Add strawberries to the top of the cream cheese mixture, then gently pour the Jello mixture on top. Be careful with this step because if there are gaps in the cream cheese, the Jello will leak to the bottom.
  • Put in the fridge overnight or until set (around 4 hours).
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1g, Calories: 244kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 299mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American

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1 Comment

  1. My husband and I didn’t like the pretzels in the bottom so we use vanilla wafer crumbs. They stay soft rather that be hard and crunchy.