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Delicious Strawberry Pretzel Salad: A No-Bake Dessert

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Pin Yummy summer dessert with strawberries, pretzels and cream cheese

I’m excited to share a recipe that holds a special place in my heart and has become a family favorite over the years. It’s called Strawberry Pretzel Salad, an easy no-bake dessert but don’t let the name fool you – it’s not your typical salad.  It’s also not hot as in warm, but it is very popular among my family and friends.

This delightful dessert is the perfect blend of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, and it’s sure to be a hit at any gathering. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing treat for a July 4th,  a summer barbecue or a festive summer spread, this Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a must-try!

Once my son, carried slices of this yummy delicious concoction to all of his cousins.  It’s more than just a crowd pleaser.

Why Strawberry Pretzel Salad?

As busy moms, we’re always on the lookout for recipes that are not only delicious but also easy to prepare. This Strawberry Pretzel Salad checks all the boxes. It’s a no-bake dessert that you can whip up with minimal effort, and the ingredients are simple and budget-friendly. Plus, the combination of flavors and textures makes it a crowd-pleaser – kids and adults alike can’t get enough of it!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s gather all the ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

For the Strawberry Layer:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 ounces strawberry gelatin (Jell-O)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Step-by-Step Instructions for Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Step 1: Prepare the Pretzel Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well until the pretzels are evenly coated.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish to form an even layer.
  4. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, then let it cool completely.

A person mixing the cream cheese, sugar and butter

Step 2: Make the Cream Cheese Layer

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. Fold in the whipped topping until well combined.
  3. Spread this mixture evenly over the cooled pretzel crust. Make sure to spread it all the way to the edges to create a seal and prevent the gelatin layer from seeping through.
  4. Refrigerate the dish while you prepare the strawberry layer.

Step 3: Prepare the Strawberry Layer

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the strawberry gelatin in 2 cups of boiling water. Stir for about 2 minutes until completely dissolved.
  2. Add the cold water to the gelatin mixture and stir well.
  3. Allow the gelatin to cool to room temperature.
  4. Once cooled, gently fold in the sliced strawberries.

Step 4: Assemble the Salad

  1. Carefully pour the strawberry gelatin mixture over the cream cheese layer. Make sure the strawberries are evenly distributed.
  2. Refrigerate the dessert for at least 4 hours, or until the gelatin is fully set.

A slice of strawberry pretzel salad on a plate

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a delightful mix of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds dancing. The salty pretzel crust provides a perfect contrast to the sweet and creamy middle layer, while the strawberry gelatin top adds a refreshing and fruity finish. It’s a versatile dish that you can bring to potlucks, family gatherings, or simply enjoy as a special treat at home.

Tips for Success

  • Make Ahead: This dessert is best when made ahead of time. It allows the layers to set properly and the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  • Layering: Be sure to spread the cream cheese layer all the way to the edges to create a seal. This prevents the gelatin from seeping through and making the crust soggy.
  • Chilling: Patience is key! Make sure to give the dessert enough time to chill and set in the refrigerator before serving.

Final Thoughts

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is more than just a dessert; it’s a beloved tradition in our home. Every bite brings back fond memories of family gatherings and happy moments shared around the table. I hope this recipe brings as much joy to your family as it does to mine.

So, next time you’re in need of a show-stopping dessert that’s easy to make and sure to impress, give this Strawberry Pretzel Salad a try. Trust me, your family and friends will thank you!

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