Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I remember the first time I saw this dessert, I was confused – and kind of grossed out. Let’s face it, it’s certainly not the most attractive looking dish in the world. Whenever Jon has a work luncheon party at NASA, it’s always on the potluck menu. And, is usually the first thing to go as well! I shied away from it for years before I finally gave into temptation and gave it a try. And then promptly kicked myself for not trying it sooner…

A layer of crunchy salty pretzels, coated in butter then baked. Then layered with a sweet cream cheese layer, and topped with a layer of strawberry Jello that’s been studded with strawberries. So, I tracked down the recipe from Jon’s co-worker to share with you guys. I made a few adjustments – making my own homemade whipped cream instead of using Cool Whip, and also using fresh strawberries as opposed to frozen. I’m trying to use up the last couple quarts of my flat I bought last week, and this was perfect for it.

This is the perfect thing to bring to a potluck BBQ, because it’s different and fun. For anyone who loves a sweet and salty combo, this is a winner! I hope everyone has a great weekend welcoming summer into our lives. Don’t forget to enter our grilling giveaway going on through Monday! Be safe, kids!


  1. Posted May 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM | Permalink

    Mmm, I made this for the first time a couple weeks ago and my kids (and husband) killed the whole pan. I had no idea it was going to be so amazing!

  2. Posted May 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    I love this. I love the adaptions you made, this is a great dessert for summer!

  3. Karen
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM | Permalink

    I know I’m going to sound like a terrible snob but I just can’t get past the jello. Any other ideas? Jam?

    • Posted May 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

      I think it would be fine with just fresh strawberries on top too.

    • Jodi G.
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM | Permalink

      Blueberry pie filling also works!

  4. Posted May 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM | Permalink

    What a perfect dish to bring to a potluck!

  5. Posted May 25, 2013 at 9:04 PM | Permalink

    Somebody brought a salad like this to a potluck at Christmas and I couldn’t get enough of it. I was just thinking the other day I needed to find a recipe, and here it is! I can’t wait to make this!

  6. El
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM | Permalink

    Karen, no jam. If you can’t get past the jello, I’d skip it. I’ve tasted this before but didn’t have the recipe, it’s delicious. I’d try it once, if I were you.

  7. Kristina
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM | Permalink

    I made this and took to a potluck on Friday. Everyone raved about the recipe. Like you I was skeptical but it was really good.

  8. Posted June 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    It’s delicious with raspberries. That’s how my family makes it.

  9. Cupcake Passion
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

    How awesome if this sweetest strawberry pretzel salad is brought to potluck. I love this so much.

  10. Tiffany
    Posted June 12, 2013 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    It’s also very good using orange jello mixed with mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple. I love how the fruit layer is so versatile!

  11. Marsha Heidebrinkj
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 12:44 AM | Permalink

    Karen – if the jello is a problem because its a processed food, use unflavored gelatin, 100% juice then add the fruit. No added sugar. Its very good and works just as well.

  12. Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

    I actually think it looks really good! I agree that it would be great as a BBQ dessert. It looks like a refreshing treat for a summer evening! : )

  13. prissymissy14
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM | Permalink

    Looking forward to try your version of one of my favorite desserts!!

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