Check out Grandma’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe! This delicious dessert has a light Strawberry topping layered on a crispy pretzel crust. The combination of sweet and salty makes my taste buds happy! This is a great dessert recipe for any occasion, from a holiday celebration to a fun summer picnic!
When the weather starts warming up, it’s a great time to get together with friends and family! No matter what is on the menu, from burgers to steaks to sandwiches, it’s always important to have a light, fresh dessert that isn’t too filling! And we have found that Pretzel Salads are the perfect recipe to do the job. We’ve made a Peach Pretzel Salad and a Pineapple Pretzel Salad. They have both been super popular recipes! So, we thought we’d keep it going with a Strawberry Pretzel Salad!
What Is A Pretzel Salad?
A Pretzel Salad is a kind of “dessert salad”. At first, this term confused me a little bit. What, exactly, is a Dessert Salad? I’m pretty sure that I know what a dessert is and I’m pretty sure that I know what a salad is. But, put them together and it doesn’t make much sense. My grandma used to love to make dessert salads like this strawberry salad and her famous Lime Jello Salad.
Dessert Salads are usually made with any combination of whipped topping, jellos, fruits, vegetables, cookies, pretzels or other sweet ingredients (like cheesecake, etc.). Often they ARE served as desserts, but they have been used as side dishes as well. Pretzel Salads are usually made up of a jello, fruit, a whipped layer and a pretzel crust. Soft and crunchy, sweet and salty, delicious and yummy! So, it a dessert salad a dessert or a salad? Honestly, I don’t really care, I’d eat this for breakfast!
What Will You Need To Make A Strawberry Pretzel Salad?
There are usually three layers to a Pretzel Salad: the pretzel crust, the whipped filling and the jello. I’ll break down the ingredients you need for each layer:
- Crushed pretzels
- Melted butter
- Whipped topping, thawed
- Cream cheese, softened
- White sugar
Strawberry Topping Ingredients:
- Strawberry jello
- Frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
Can You Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ahead Of Time?
Yep. In fact, I recommend it! While this recipe is pretty easy, it does take some time. You have to let the pretzel crust fully cool before adding the whipped layer. Then you need to let that chill in the fridge for 2 hours before adding the jello topping. Then you have the let THAT cool in the fridge at least 4-6 hours. So… yeah, this isn’t something I’d wait to the last minute to make.
Other Notes and Tips For This Pretzel Salad
- Use a durable zip lock baggie to crush your pretzels. We love to use these gallon sized freezer bags. They are tough, durable and have new grip and seal technology that makes them super easy to open and close.
- Also, we love to use this baking pan because it comes with a lid! This way, you can just keep the leftovers fresh right in your baking pan! No more trying to cover it up with messy aluminum foil!
- You can use just about any pretzels for this recipe. But the smaller and thinner they are, the easier they are to crush.
- If you want to lighten up this recipe, you can sub the whipping cream for Cool Whip.
- As I mentioned above, make sure you let each layer cool/chill enough before moving on to the next layer or you’ll be sorry. Trust me.
- If you wanted to sprinkle some mini-marshmallows on top of this recipe, no one would be mad at you.
LOOKING FOR MORE LIGHT, FRESH DESSERTS FOR YOUR COOKOUT? CHECK OUT:
- HAWAIIAN CHEESECAKE SALAD
- CARAMEL APPLE SALAD
- LIME GREEN JELLO
- PINEAPPLE DREAM DESSERT
- EASY BROKEN GLASS JELLO
- NO BAKE KOOL AID PIE
- STRAWBERRY JELLO COOL WHIP PIE
- MINI STRAWBERRY LEMON TARTS
- NO BAKE BANANA CREAM PIE
Grandma's Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- 3/4 cup melted butter
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tub 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
- 1 brick 8 oz, cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
Strawberry Topping Ingredients:
- 2 packages 3.4 oz, strawberry jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- 20-24 ounces of frozen sliced strawberries thawed
Add pretzels, butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Mix well and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
Beat cream cheese, whipped topping and sugar together in a bowl. Spread on top of crust. Refrigerate.
Strawberry Topping Directions:
Mix jello and water in a bowl and mix until no longer grainy. Stir in strawberries and mix well. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Pour mixture on top of cream layer and spread evenly. Refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
Slice into 18-24 slices. Store leftovers covered and in the refrigerator.