Jello Pretzel Salad

This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping! Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty! Be sure you make it for your next get together, but don’t plan on having any leftovers!

Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad

The recipe I’m sharing today is a CLASSIC. It’s especially popular during the summertime and holidays, but quite frankly, I think it sounds appetizing year round. 😉 Jello Pretzel Salad! It has a salty pretzel crust, yummy cream cheese center, and a fruity jello layer on top. It comes from Kraft Recipes and is one that you may not have tried, but if you haven’t you may have been living under a rock for the last 20 years – lol!

Not sure how you feel about these layered desserts, but they are some of my FAVORITES!!! They are typically served cold which makes them especially appealing in the summer time. Plus, you can’t really go wrong with a dessert that has Cream Cheese and Cool Whip. The pretzel and cream cheese layers in this Pretzel Salad recipe are the best in my opinion… But the jello layer can also be customized with your favorite fruity jello flavor, which is fun! The most common, and most favorite flavor (for our family at least) is strawberry. Some other flavors that might be fun to try:

  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Orange (might taste like an orange dreamsicle!)

Pretzel Jello

How to make Pretzel Jello Salad:

This recipe does require a little bit of planning and time (waiting for jello to refrigerate always seems like forever, right?!), but let me be the first to tell you that it’s SO worth it.

  1. Mix chopped pretzels, 1/4 cup sugar and butter together. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.
  2. Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and milk together with a blender. Fold in Cool Whip and spread over the crust. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and place in a large bowl. Add gelatin mix and stir for 2 minutes until dissolved. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cold water. Refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours or until thickened.
  4. Stir strawberries in with your jello and spoon over your cream cheese layer.
  5. Refrigerate for another 3 hours. Keep refrigerated until serving. ENJOY!

Jello Pretzel Salad

I’m drooling just thinking about this sweet/salty/creamy/fruity dessert!! I’m thinking it might be about time to whip up some Pretzel Salad!

For more fruity desserts, check out:

Jello Pretzel Salad Recipe

5 from 3 votes
This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping! Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20 slices
Calories 213 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 cup pretzels crushed
  • 1/2 cup sugar divided
  • 2/3 cup margarine melted
  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup cool whip
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 oz Strawberry JELL-O mix
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 4 cups strawberries sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Mix chopped pretzels, ¼ cup sugar and butter together. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.
  3. Beat cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and milk together with a blender. Fold in Cool Whip and spread over the crust. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Place boiling water in a large bowl. Add gelatin mix and stir for 2 minutes until dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours or until thickened.
  5. Stir strawberries in with your jello and spoon over your cream cheese layer.
  6. Refrigerate for another 3 hours. Keep refrigerated until serving. ENJOY!

 

Pictures for this recipe were taken by contributor, Alicia, of The Baker Upstairs.

JELLO Pretezel Salad - a class holiday and summer treat with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping!

 

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. LOL – I know… definitely more a dessert than salad, but that’s what we always called it. I think Jello Pretzel CAKE may be better. 😉

  1. I have made this salad quite a few times now & every time I do, it’s gone in minutes. My in-laws request this every year! my favorite is the crust!

  2. Some people consider jello As a side dish. In our family jello was a dessert. You cant go wrong with this recipe no matter how you choose to eat it. the combination of sweet and salty make it a great dessert!