Strawberry Pretzel Salad Is My Favorite Easy Summer Dessert

Strawberry Pretzel Salad was hands-down my favorite summer dessert growing up. My mom would make it right when the weather got warm, and I’d run inside to escape from DC’s humidity by diving into a piece of this yummy, cold, refreshingly indulgent dessert. I don’t know how it got its name because there’s nothing salad-like about it, besides the fact that it’s cold. 

As I was making this again for this article, I kept getting hit by waves of nostalgia. And that first bite? My mouth waters just thinking about it. Whether you’re looking for a new summer dessert tradition or just want to shake up your dessert routine, give this a try!


Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Thanks to Paula Deen for the recipe!


-1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple

-2 cups boiling water

-2 (10 oz) packages frozen strawberries

-2 (3 oz) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix

-1 (8 oz) container thawed frozen whipped topping

-3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

-1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

-3/4 cup melted butter

-2 cups crushed pretzels


1..Preheat oven to 400 °F.

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2. For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9×13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.

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3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping, and spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.

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4. In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and allow to cool slightly. Add the strawberries and pineapple, and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.

5. To serve, cut slices and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.


Have you made strawberry pretzel salad before? What’s your favorite summer dessert recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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