Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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This delicious Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a dessert salad with a pretzel crust, a cream cheese filling topped with fresh strawberries and jello. It is delicious!

The first time I tried this dessert I fell head over heels in love. My sis-in-law made it for a dutch oven cookout we had over Easter weekend. It was sooo good! It’s a cheesecake-like filling over a salty-sweet pretzel crust, topped off with fresh strawberries and jello. This salad screams summer! (I’m still wondering why it’s called a salad… but oh well)

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

A delicious dessert salad with a pretzel crust, a cream cheese filling topped with fresh strawberries and jello!
Author Holly


  • 2 -1/2 cups pretzels crushed
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 6 ounce box instant strawberry jello
  • 1 16 ounce container of fresh strawberries, sliced
  • OR 1 10 ounce package frozen strawberries
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 8 ounce container of cool whip


  • Combine crushed pretzels, brown sugar and melted butter together. Press into a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees, for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • Make the jello according to package directions. Add in the fresh strawberries. Place jello into the refrigerator until it's partially set. About an hour or so.
  • Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Fold in the cool whip. Spread mixture over the cooled crust, making sure to cover crust entirely. You want to make sure it goes all the way to the edges of pan. (This will help the jello not leak through to the crust)
  • Pour jello over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours before serving! Enjoy 🙂


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28 thoughts on “Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  1. I had this for the first time in 1977 – incredible, right? It so impressed me that I have never forgotten it because of the amazing flavor combo. Thanks for the reminder – it looks delicious.

  2. This looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it. I think I might have to use the crust in some other of my desserts, my husband doesn’t like the traditional graham cracker crust that most desserts call for. Thanks for this recipe!

  3. Made this last night but I used Snyder’s salted caramel pretzels for another layer of flavor. Absolutely delish!! 😉

  4. Ok, call me stupid, but where does the brown sugar come into play? 1 cup of sugar for the crust? 1 cup of sugar to blend with cool whip? where does the brown sugar go? LOL

  5. what the bloody hell is “instant jello”?????? Also, 2.5 cup of pretzels, crushed is a lot different than 2.5 cups of crushed pretzels. Which should it be?

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