This Strawberry Pretzel Salad features salty-sweet crust, fluffy cheesecake layer, and fresh strawberries and jello top. Festive, delicious and easy to make, this dessert is perfect for get-togethers, cookouts and celebrations!
No-Bake Strawberry Dessert
Of course, technically, this is not a salad. Not even close. It’s a dessert! A retro dessert, similar to Cherry Delight, Ambrosia Salad, and any desserts that include fruit, whipped topping, and a layer of crunch.
It’s also a fun and festive treat to make for Spring, Summer, or any time of the year, really. This Strawberry Pretzel Salad has three layers, each made with 3 ingredients. All of them are typical of retro desserts: cool whip, cream cheese, jello, pretzels.
If you are hosting or attending a get-together, this is a perfect dessert to make. It’s simple and can be made ahead of time. Besides, it’s fun to eat it too!
- granulated sugar
- whipped topping
- cream cheese
- fresh strawberries
- strawberry jello
How to make Strawberry Pretzel Salad?
- Crush pretzels and mix with butter and sugar.
- Press onto the bottom of your baking dish. Bake, then cool completely.
- Mix cream cheese and sugar. Fold in whipped topping.
- Spread creamy mixture over crust. Chill 30 minutes.
- Mix jello with boiling water. Layer strawberries over cream cheese mixture.
- Pour cooled jello mixture over strawberry slices.
- Chill for 4 to 6 hours.
Best tips for making Strawberry Pretzel Salad:
- time: keep in mind that each layer needs time to set; the estimates total prep time is about 6 hours; it’s best to make this dessert one day ahead
- ingredients: use fresh strawberries for the best texture and presentation
- prep: make sure to thaw out the whipped topping and soften cream cheese; if not, they will not mix properly
- use any berries you like and match with jello flavors
- use graham crackers or nuts if pretzels are not your jam
- use serving bowls to make individual servings
- no-bake: instead of baking the crust, chill it for at least 30 minutes
I recommend storing any leftovers in the fridge since this dessert is made with dairy.
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad
for the crust:
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
for the filling:
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 8 oz whipped topping such as Cool Whip, thawed
for the topping:
- 6 oz strawberry jello I used two 3oz packages
- 2 cups boiling water
- 4 cups sliced strawberries fresh
to make the crust:
- In a medium bowl, combine crushed pretzels, sugar and melted butter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Press the pretzel mixture into the bottom of a 13" x 9" baking pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool completely before adding filling.
to make the filling:
- In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
- Add sugar and whip until fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add 1/3 of whipped topping and fold in gently with a spatula. Repeat until all whipped topping is folded in.
- Spread the filling over cooled crust. Place pan in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes.
to make the topping:
- Add jello to boiling water. Stir until it dissolves. Cool to room temperature.
- Arrange strawberry slices over filling. Slowly pour cooled jello over slices.
- Place the dessert in the fridge to set, for at least 4 hours.
- To crush pretzels: place pretzels in a food processor and pulse until crushed into small pieces, but not ground OR place in Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin.
- Keep in mind that each layer needs time to set; the estimated total prep time is about 6 hours; it’s best to make this dessert one day ahead.
- Don't want to bake the crust? Chill it for at least 30 minutes!
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
- The total time is an estimate.