Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This is the best ever Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe you'll ever try. It's simple and easy, and always a fan favorite for every potluck or get-together. #WomenLivingWell #strawberry #salad  #kidfriendly

Oh my word – I LOVE this Strawberry Pretzel Salad and am SO excited to share it with you all today! 

Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen is back and she writes:

Let me tell you, there are NEVER leftovers of this! I have had many requests to make this on the Comfy blog…so here it is Ladies!!! The pretzel crust along with the cream cheese and strawberries offers a sweet and savory mixture that is SURE to please everyone in your family!

I made this for our bible study…but I knew I had to make a small extra one for my family or I would be in BIG trouble.

By the way- my recipe has a thicker pretzel crust than most…it’s better that way, oh yumm!!! 

Make Jell-O with water according to package directions. Then, take off burner and add frozen strawberries. I do the Jell-O part first so that it is nice and cooled when I am ready to use it. The frozen strawberries help cool it down as well.

Crush your pretzels in a large Ziploc bag with a mallet

Add butter and sugar and stir with spoon. Bake in a prepared 9×13 pan for 7 mins in a 400 oven.

Beat cream cheese and sugar together with mixer

FOLD in cool-whip until well incorporated…this is IMPORTANT!

Line up all of your ingredients. Crust should be completely cooled (don’t cheat), Jell-O should be cooled (don’t cheat)

Spread cream cheese mixture onto your pretzel crust

Make sure to spread it evenly and all the way over to the edges!!! If you don’t your Jell-O will spill over and go under your crust.

Pour on the Jell-O /strawberry mixture. Place in refrigerator until well set.

A VERY special treat!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Prep time: 40 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 47 mins
Serves: 12-15
A delicious dessert that is sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy. When in doubt, make this….it is a favorite in our family.
  • 3 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Make Jell-O with water per package instructions.
  3. Take off burner and add strawberries. Set aside to cool.
  4. For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and the 4 tablespoons of sugar.
  5. Press pretzel mixture into a 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes.
  6. Set aside on wire rack to cool.
  7. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar
  8. Fold whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Once crust and Jell-O is cool you are ready to put your salad together!
  10. On pretzel crust, spread cream cheese mixture evenly then pour Jello with strawberries on top
  11. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until well set.

Please be sure to spread cream cheese mixture evenly and up against the edges of the pan…this will ensure that the Jell-O will not seep to the bottom under the pretzel crust.

Thank you SO much Janelle!! This looks delicious!! 
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  1. I’ve never heard of this and we have lived in several different states!! It looks great I will have to make it for church potluck or something! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  2. I had never heard of this until I got married – now we have to have it at every holiday meal. But in our version, we add crushed pineapple.

  3. I’ve made this many times and it’s always a hit. Usually I get asked for the recipe, so bring some copies with you! It’s absolutely delicious and a great summer dessert.

  4. This sounds so deliciously wonderful! I will be making this as a fourth of July treat, adding a sprinkling of blueberries will really get it into the Holiday spirit!!

  5. I don’t think I have every even seen this before BUT we are getting together with some friends in a couple weeks and this is going along with me as a dish to pass!!! looks and sounds yummy!

  6. I’ve never seen anything like this before…. it sounds AMAZING! I’m gluten free right now but maybe I will get some GF pretzels………..

  7. This may be a silly question but being from Canada I’m not certain if the strawberry gelatin dessert mix is different than just basic strawberry jello powder.

  8. We love this! It’s always, always, always requested at family gatherings. Plus, it was a staple at all the church pot-luck dinners as I was growing up, so you know it’s gotta be good. 🙂 The recipe calls for 20 oz. total of frozen strawberries-(and even though it’s hard to make this recipe any better than it already is on it’s own) for a twist I use a 16 oz. bag of frozen strawberries & a 4 oz can of crushed pineapple to equal the 20 oz. and it’s DEE-LISH!

  9. Maybe it’s a regional thing? I haven’t ever heard of it, either…but I’ll definitely be making it soon!!

  10. I think it’s an Ohio thing…we’ve lived in many states too and I’ve only had it there, but it’s really popular!

  11. Janelle, This is going to be good! I have to grab a few ingredients but making this super soon for my big boy and two little boys. I made something similar once from a food magazine clipping my mother in law gave me several years ago. It was good but seemed teadious to make it the way they explained. Your recipe looks simpler to layer and yummier too. I’m Going to get comfy in the kitchen, smiles-Angelia in Tx

  12. I remember my mom making this for family get-togethers when I was little but I haven’t seen or eaten it in so long! I might need to make up a reason to make it soon!!

  13. This looks delicious! Can this be made in advance or should it be made the day it is to be served?

  14. Janelle,

    I love your blog and your ministry through food ideas. I am making this recipe for my women’s bible study group tonight. Thanks for the pictures and this yummy recipe!



  15. My Dad has been a Baptist Evangelist for 35 yrs. and I have had this at several “dinner on the grounds” in different churches around the USA. I totally LOVE it, and it is ALWAYS gone before there is even a thought of getting seconds, lol. I am so glad to find the recipe…can not WAIT to fix it for my family this weekend!!

  16. This looks delicious but living in Australia we don’t have Cool Whip. I”m wondering if whipped cream would work?

    1. Robyn. Cool Whip is the same as whipped cream. I have had this before and totally forgot about it!! I am always trying to find good things to bring to gatherings… and this one is great!

  17. Being from Northern Ireland I have never heard of this before! But I plan to make this for dessert sometime around Christmas 🙂 I was just wondering if the strawberries need to be defrosted before using them or do you just put them in frozen? Thanks in advance 🙂

  18. I have made this with orange jello, large can of crushed pineapple and large can of mandarin oranges. Drain and save the juice to use as part of the water for jello. Every thing else is the same. It is very good . Can’t wait to try the strawberry!!

  19. This looks DELICIOUS! I am going to try making this for a potluck and was needing to know what size pan I need to use.

  20. I’ve had this with rasberry jello and frozen rasberries! Love the tart compared with the sweet, creamy and salty crunchy!

  21. Well, I didn’t allow the pretzels to cool completely…and the cream cheese mixture floated up when I poured the strawberries on….big mess! Let the pretzels cool!

  22. I’ve made this for years…love it! However, I add some crushed pineapple to the strawberries and jello (which has jelled)..the pineapple adds something extra to the sweet of the strawberries….

  23. I’m amazed at how many comments there are from people who’ve never heard of this before. I’m so sorry you’ve lived without this. 🙂 Growing up in western pa it’s usually found at almost every potluck and 4th of July party.

    Just a word of advice: I would recommend waiting to mix up the jello until your crust is almost cooled down. I did it while the crust was in the oven and my gelatin was just about completely gelled in my bowl by the time my crust was cool. Looked terrible but I’m sure will still taste wonderful!!

  24. Thank you for posting this recipe. I remember this as a child and didn’t care for it. As an adult I thought I would give it and try and I love it! It’s so easy to make and fun to bring out recipes of the past.

  25. This has become a Christmas dinner tradition for our family. A friend gave me the recipe in 1996 and I’ve make it the last 27 Christmas’s. We’re making individual ones today for a baby shower. We put the crust in individual plastic cups while it was still warm and let them cool overnight. We are filling with the cream cheese and topping with the jello, then placing sliced strawberries on top.

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