Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  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

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

Directions:  Combine crushed pretzels, sugar and melted butter together. Press into a lightly greased 9x13 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 atleast 2-3 hours before serving! Enjoy :)


shelly said...

Oh my, too delicious. Never heard of a Dutch oven cookout even though I am Dutch. Off to google it.

Neicee said...

YUM! I will be printing this one out..Thanks!

Mandy said...

Try it in raspberry, too. It's my favorite version. Now I'm craving this..Thanks, Holly!

Cassie/Bake Your Day said...

This is such a classic...can't be beat. It will always remind me of summer holidays at the lake as a kid!

Jocelyn said...

This is one of my favorite summer time desserts!!! love it!!!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I love this salad. It really is my kind of vegetable. And the next time someone asks me to bring a salad to a pot luck, this is what they're getting, ha!

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

I have always wanted to try this...glad I came across your site!

Linda said...

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.

sondra said...

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!

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

These colors are just gorgeous!

yummychunklet said...

Love the look of that strawberry layer!

Val said...

I love this salad and make it a lot for my kiddies. So good. Love your pics.

From Valeries Kitchen said...

There should be one of these desserts at every potluck! Just a true comfort food and so festive for the holiday :)

JillyBenilli said...

I made this for dinner the other night and it was so delicious. We couldn't stop eating it! Thank you so much.