Red & white layers of no-bake cheesecake & sweet strawberries in Jell-O sit atop a pretzel crust in Strawberry Pretzel Salad. It looks as good as it tastes!
First of all, we’re not talking leafy greens… We’re talking about Strawberry Pretzel Salad -pretzel crust with a luscious layer of no-bake cheesecake crowned with strawberries and Jell-O. In other words, we’re talking DESSERT!
This recipe is an old fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Salad- or what my grandma used to refer to as a ‘set salad.’ The Strawberry Pretzel Salad origin can be traced back to the 1960’s cookbook- The Joys of Jello.
This retro recipe is a common staple at potlucks and Sunday suppers. Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a famous rendition of this recipe, though nobody seems to know who Judy was! I imagine she was a wonderful home cook who wowed everyone with this beautiful and delicious salad!
We use frozen berries for convenience, but you can make strawberry pretzel salad with fresh strawberries. Want even more fruit? Add a can of crushed pineapple to create strawberry pretzel salad with pineapple. You can make Strawberry Pretzel Salad without jello, but you’ll lose the wonderfully, jiggly top layer. It just isn’t the same without the Jell-O! But, if you’re looking for next level, try our Strawberry Cobbler. It has a thick layer of berries topped with a perfectly sweetened cake-like topping!
How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad?
Making Strawberry Pretzel Salad is super easy, but it takes a while for everything to set up. This isn’t one you’ll whip up at the last minute!
You’ll need a 9×13 pan or something in that neighborhood. I like using a glass pan so you can see the lovely layers! Some folks want to make strawberry pretzel salad in a bowl, but you’ll lose the presentation and crust if you do that.
Trust me- the stunning red on white layers is something you don’t want to miss out on! It adds to the ‘WOW’ factor of the dish!
To make it: blitz the pretzels to crumbs, combine with sugar and butter, and bake. While the crust is cooling, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and whipped cream and spread onto the completely cooled crust. Put this in the fridge for an hour.
Then, make the top layer by dissolving the Jell-O in boiling water and mixing in the cold water. Allow this to set up in the fridge for about 90 minutes before stirring in the strawberries and pouring it over the cream cheese layer. Let the entire thing cool for at least 4-5 hours, but overnight is best!
Is Strawberry Jello Salad Similar To This?
Strawberry Jell-O salad can encompass a wide range of yumminess under that single title, including Strawberry Pretzel Salad! Other delights in the category can include a mousse-like version that combines whipped cream, fruit, and Jell-O into a fluffy dessert.
Sounds delish and reminds me of a fun twist on this recipe- Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip! Instead of making the pretzels into crust, you dip them in the cream cheese and strawberry mixture.
It doesn’t have the same layered effect and usually uses pie filling instead of Jell-O. It’s a fun way to get that fantastic sweet and salty combo! And, speaking of layers… IF you want to make something truly special, try our Strawberry Triple Layer Cake. Three decadent, moist cake layers are wrapped in a strawberry buttercream frosting. Don’t be intimidated! With convenient ingredients, it’s way easier than you think!!
How About a Greens And Fruit Strawberry Salad Instead?
There’s just something so pretty about a nice strawberry salad with fresh greens and they say you eat with your eyes first! These salads are so delicious and nice to look at, you won’t even be thinking about all the nutrition and health benefits the strawberries are giving you in every bite!
Typically made with mixed greens and a balsamic vinaigrette, feta, bleu, or goat cheese and pecans or other nuts are other common salad toppings. Strawberry Salad brings together a variety of flavors that takes boring ol’ side salad to a whole new level!
Another Alternative With Greens Is Strawberry Spinach Salad
Looking for a salad packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins? Look no further than our Strawberry Spinach Salad!! It’s another picture perfect salad that is typically tossed with a light vinaigrette. Blueberries can be added for more color, and nuts are a great way to add some crunch!
Have You Tried Strawberry Cheesecake Salad?
I’m telling you- after Strawberry Pretzel Salad, you’ll be looking for more of the same, and this is a good one to try! With fresh strawberries generously coated in cheesecake flavored pudding and whipped cream, Strawberry Cheesecake Salad only takes a few minutes to whip up!
Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad Gives You Double The Fruit!
It’s got all of the yumminess of a simple strawberry salad, but the bananas add even more flavor. You could even add blueberries to a Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad. It would be perfect for the 4th of July with its red, white, and blue color scheme! Since we mentioned cake… Strawberry Sheet Cake With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting is moist and decadent, and the icing is ahmazing!! Besides, sheet cakes feed a crowd and scream summer in every bite.
What is Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe?
A simple Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe typically calls for fresh strawberries, honey, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. That’s all it takes to take that spinach salad in your lunch from hum-drum to “Oh YUM!” Sprinkle on some nuts, maybe a little feta cheese- and you’ve got yourself one heck of a salad!
A Few More Strawberry Delights?
- Strawberry Pie: Bursting with berries and so simple to make, our Strawberry Pie is just like Grandma used to make! Whip up some fresh cream, and you’ve got heaven on a plate!
- Strawberry Shortcake Cake: If you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert, look no further Strawberry Shortcake Cake! It looks gorgeous and is way easier to make than you think!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
- 2 Cups Crushed Pretzels
- 3/4 Cup 1 1/2 Sticks Butter, Melted
- 3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- 1 8 Ounce Block Cream Cheese, Softened to Room Temperature
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 8 Ounce Carton Cool Whip, Thawed
- 1 6 Ounce Box Strawberry Flavored Jell-O
- 2 Cups Boiling Water
- 1 Cup Cold Water
- 4 Cups Sliced Fresh Strawberries
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix together pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons of sugar until evenly combined. Evenly press mixture into a 9 X 13-inch glass baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then allow cooling completely.
- In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar on medium speed, until smooth and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gently fold in the Cool Whip. Spread mixture evenly over the completely cooled pretzel crust. Cool in the fridge for at least 60 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, add Jell-O and pour boiling water over it. Stir until the Jell-O is completely dissolved, at least 2 full minutes. Mix in the cold water. Refrigerate for 90 minutes or until the mixture has slightly thickened. Mix in the sliced strawberries, then pour into the baking dish, over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until firmly set, 4-6 hours, or better overnight.
More Dessert Salads…
Cranberry Jello Salad – Our Cranberry Jello Salad Is Sweet And Tart With An Amazing Creamy Topping. This Perfect Holiday Treat Might Create A Stampede To The Table!
Need another Potluck dish?
Classic Macaroni Salad-Just like Mom used to make! Delicious pasta with all the right goodies tossed in an extra creamy dressing! I LOVE this Macaroni Salad.
Fresh Strawberry Cake – is a lovely delicious old fashioned cake. No frosting, no filling, just summer fruit with a little sweet crunch on the top.