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Sensational Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This sweet and salty dessert is perfect for a potluck!

Updated March 06, 2018
Sensational Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Sensational Strawberry Pretzel Salad
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This Jello salad recipe is great for both parties and potlucks. The fact that this Sensational Strawberry Pretzel Salad is made in a casserole dish makes it easy to transport, while the luscious combination of fruit, salty pretzels, and sweet cream cheese makes it a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Anyone who loves strawberry cheesecake is sure to love this sweet take on the traditional dessert. This sweet summer salad recipe is sure to be a family favorite for years to come.

Pairing pretzels with strawberry gelatin may not seem like a natural combination, but the combination of salty and sweet is out-of-this-world. We recommend bringing this Sensational Strawberry Pretzel Salad with you to your next church supper or on your next picnic. This simple strawberry recipe is great for special occasions because it can made ahead of time and left to chill until you are ready to serve it.

Preparation Time30 min

Chilling Time2 hr

Cooking Vessel Size8 x 8-inch baking dish



  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided use
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweetened (or 8 ounces of Cool Whip)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (6-ounce) package of strawberry Jello
  • 1 (10-ounce) package of frozen strawberries and juice (defrost for 2 hours prior to use)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Combine the butter, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the crushed pretzels. Press into an 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.

  3. Mix the cream cheese, whipped cream, and 1 cup sugar at room temperature. Spread over cooled crust.

  4. Mix the boiling water, Jello, and defrosted strawberries. Pour on top of cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and serve.


About 5 ounces of drained, crushed pineapple can be added to the Jello mixture if desired.

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This is a new one on me. I know that we are getting more creative in the kitchen and this one hits the top ten for sure to me. Pretzels as a crust for a dessert. I must admit it does sound a little strange but I can try almost anything once.

You could probably double the recipe if you want a bigger batch of this yummy stuff, just as long as your 9 x 13 pan is deep enough. This is one of those oldie - but - a - goodie vintage recipes that never seems to go out of style. I remember eating this as a kid at family get - togethers quite often.

Thank you for addressing the 9 x 13 size. I was wondering that myself because the last time I seen this recipe it was for a pie, but it had the same ingredients. I have looked all over for a similar recipe, but it has been 15 years since I had that pie. Now I can finally get that taste I've been craving out of my head.

Beautiful mouthwatering Strawberry Casserole, however the recipe calls for an 8 x 8 pan and it is pictured in what appears to be an 9 x 13 or slightly smaller. What changes/additions should be made to accommodate the larger pan?

Hi sharonyoung 6911665, The recipe can be made as in a larger pan, it will just be slightly thinner. I hope that helps! Kaitlin, Editor of FaveSouthernRecipes


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