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Thank you for stopping by and checking out this delicious strawberry pretzel salad. 

Are you here looking for a salad that will impress everyone?  I am going to show you how to make it every layer.

This Strawberry Pretzel salad, dessert, is amazing!  It is layered with pretzels, cream cheese mixture, plus strawberries and strawberry jello.  It is the perfect sweet and salty combination.STRAWBERRY PRETZEL SALAD PERFECT SWEET SALTY COMBINATION


This Strawberry Pretzel Salad includes:

  • A pretzel layer with crushed pretzels and butter.
  • A cream cheese layer with cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip.
  • A strawberry layer with strawberry jello and frozen sliced strawberries in juices.

You can always find this Strawberry Pretzel Salad on our table at most holidays or family gatherings.  

STRAWBERRY PRETZEL SALAD PERFECT SWEET SALTY COMBINATION- This salad is over the top with pretzels, a sweet and creamy cream cheese mixture, plus strawberries and strawberry jello. It is the perfect sweet and salty combination. Because of its color, it is especially a favorite dish for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  

I am not sure why it is called a salad.  This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is more like a dessert with its creamy, sweet, cream cheese layer plus its strawberry jello with sweetened strawberries.  The buttery pretzel crust gives this salad a sweet and salty taste which is why the ingredients work together so well. 

First Time I had Strawberry Pretzel Salad

If you have never tried this salad, you will love it and get rave reviews.  I can find this recipe in almost every one of my southern cookbooks, but the first time I made this Strawberry Pretzel Salad was in 1985.  I was working in Humana Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama at the time and the employees put together a cookbook of their favorite recipes.  As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it.  I try every recipe that has a sweet and salty combination.  I have been making this Strawberry Pretzel Salad almost 20 years now.  It is a keeper!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad - This salad is over the top with pretzels, a sweet and creamy cream cheese mixture, plus strawberries and strawberry jello. It is the perfect sweet and salty combination. #salad #jello salad #strawberry salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad – Adapted from Humana East Montgomery Cookbook 1985.  I have changed this recipe over the years to make a thicker pretzel crust layer and a thicker cream cheese layer.  The extra cream cheese keeps the strawberry jello layer from getting to the pretzels.  The salad seems to hold a little longer this way.

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BEST Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Recipe type: Salad/dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1st LAYER
  • 3 cups pretzels, crushed
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • Four tablespoons sugar
  • Mix these ingredients together and press them into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Take out of the oven and allow the pretzel layer to cool completely. For a special presentation, you could also use individual ramekins.
  • 2nd LAYER
  • 2 - 8 ounces packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 9 ounces Cool Whip
  • Use an electric mixer to cream together the softened cream cheese and the sugar until fluffy. Turn the mixer off and fold in the Cool Whip. Add this cream cheese mixture to the cooled pretzel layer.
  • 3rd LAYER
  • One large 6 ounces box strawberry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2-10 ounce packs frozen strawberries
  • Dissolve the jello in the boiling water. Add the strawberries to the jello mixture. Stir until thawed and set in the freezer 5 minutes. Pour over the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate.





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  1. I got this recipe from my mom more than 40 years ago! It was always on our table for every holiday! All the same ingredients but unsweetened strawberries( fresh when in season) ! It is one of my family’s favorites! We lost mom two weeks ago..she was 92. Many of her yummy foods will be carried on forever! This is one of them!

    • Laurie,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by Recipes For OUr Daily Bread and leaving me a comment. I am so very sorry you lost your mother especially right here during the holiday season. I pray God will remind you of all the great memories you enjoyed with her especially during Christmas. It sounds like this Strawberry Pretzel Salad has been around in your family a very long time too. We enjoyed it this past Thanksgiving. I love dessert but hardly ate any but instead ate plenty of this salad. It is always the BEST!

      Thanks for your support!
      Diane Roark
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    • Cathy,

      This is one of our favorite salads. We are eating it this weekend. Hopefully, I can update the pictures. Anyway, It is salty with the pretzel crust and sweet with the strawberries. It also has a delicious cream cheese middle. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      I hope you have a wonderful Easter! I pray God will continue to bless you and your great blog. You do such a terrific job blogging.

      Diane Roark

  2. I have a friend that would LOVE this recipe! Will be hsaring on my facebook page: Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day!

    • Carrie, Thank you so very much for visiting Recipes For Our Daily Bread. Thank you also for sharing this recipe. It really is wonderful. Blessings and visit again soon! Diane Roark

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