Strawberry Pretzel Salad

strawberry pretzel salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is the first dessert that I attempted to make for Derrick over 10 years ago.  I say attempted because although it is a simple dessert with basic ingredients, it does require some patience.  It’s very important to allow each component to cool otherwise you’ll have a big soggy mess.  My first try was a fail, but through the years I’ve picked up a few tips to help perfect it.

strawberry pretzel salad

Derrick grew up eating this salty and sweet retro dessert.  The crust is a layer of crushed pretzels, butter and a sprinkle of sugar.  It is baked until golden brown and then topped with a layer of sweetened cream cheese and whipped topping.   The last layer is made up of sliced strawberries and  jello.  It’s a salty and sweet dessert and each layer has a different texture.   I love making this dessert for potlucks and large groups because it serves a crowd and you can make it in advance.  It’s always a hit at parties because I think there’s just something nostalgic and fun about jello and whipped topping. 

step by step strawberry pretzel salad

It's important to spread the filling all the way to edge, creating a seal so that the jello doesn't leak to the crust. Carefully spoon the slightly cooled jello mixture on top. If it's too hot or you pour too fast it will melt the filling or sink right to the bottom. This requires patience.

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  1. Amy Tong says:

    Your Strawberry pretzel salad looks perfect. 🙂 I would love a big piece right now. This is very similar to one of my aunt’s desert, which is always my favorite. But she uses graham cracker and walnut to make the crust rather than pretzels. I bet the saltiness from the pretzels make this dessert even more special. 🙂 Can’t wait to make this on my next family gathering.

  2. Aaron says:

    Trust me this is delicious…I just made this last night and it was a hit in our house. I found the recipe via Make and Take and plan to post about it on my blog this upcoming week. I would love to add a link to your post here if that is alright…Let me know!

  3. Sheila says:

    Yum! I grew up on this dessert too, but I have never made it. I think it’s about darn time I do! Thanks for the reminder ; )

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