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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert

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.

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!

Pretzel Salad Dessert

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. 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad on a plate

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!

Bite of Pretzel Salad on fork

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Stack of Pretzel Salad on plate

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes

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.


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


  1. Cream together butter, 3Tbsp Sugar and crushed pretzels and press into 9x13 pan
  2. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F
  3. Let cool
  4. Mix cream cheese and the rest of the sugar until creamy and add whipped topping
  5. Spread evenly over pretzels and make sure to seal all edges well. You won't want holes at all.
  6. Stir 2 Cups boiling water with Jello and let thicken slightly
  7. 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.
  8. Put in the fridge overnight or until set (around 4 hours).
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 299mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.

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