Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is so Delicious and Easy to make! This dessert salad has a salty pretzel crust filled with a creamy sweet cream cheese layer and a strawberry topping that is irresistible! This layered strawberry pretzel dessert is loved by adults and kids.

We love making dessert salads and you will also love our popular Snickers Apple Salad, Cherry Fluff Salad and Twix Caramel Apple Salad.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

So there has always been a huge debate about the name of this recipe since the word “salad” is used. I didn’t come up with the name, but I grew up with my grandma making dessert salads so this is totally normal to me. Would love to know what you would call this recipe.

This traditional dessert salad is made up of 3 layers…

  • Pretzel Crust: crushed salted pretzels, sugar, and butter
  • Creamy Filling: cream cheese, sugar, and whipped cream
  • Strawberry Topping: strawberry jello and sliced fresh strawberries

Overview of Strawberry Pretzel Salad

How To Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Ingredients you will need:

  • pretzels
  • butter
  • sugar
  • cream cheese
  • Cool Whip
  • strawberry jello
  • fresh strawberries

Strawberry Glaze Topping

Strawberry jello pretzel salad is so easy to put together. You will have to have to wait just a little bit for refrigeration, but super easy to prep. Just 3 simple steps…

  1. Crust: Combine crushed pretzels, sugar and butter and press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  2. Cheesecake Filling: Whip cream cheese and sugar, fold in whipped topping. Spread over the baked pretzel layer and refrigerate until firm.
  3. Strawberry Topping: Combine jello and water with fresh strawberries and pour over the cream cheese layer.

Cheesecake with a Strawberry Glaze Topping and Pretzel Crust

Can I Make This In Advance?

Yes! We like this the best when it has been in the fridge for 1 full day and it will keep for up to 4 days.

Cheesecake with a Strawberry Glaze Topping and Pretzel Crust


  • You can use frozen strawberries if you can’t find fresh (defrost and drain first). You could also substitute or add other fresh fruit.
  • Allow each layer to cool before adding the next layer to prevent any melting.
  • Make sure to use a whipped topping such a Cool Whip instead of making your own whipped cream. Homemade doesn’t set as firmly.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
5 from 13 votes

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is so Delicious and Easy to make! This dessert salad has a salty pretzel crust filled with a creamy sweet cream cheese layer and a strawberry topping that is irresistible!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Refrigerate: 4 hrs 30 mins
Total: 4 hrs 58 mins



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


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping thawed


  • 1 6 ounce package strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups thinly sliced fresh strawberries


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl, whisk together jello and boiling water until jello is completely dissolved. Add the strawberries. Place in the refrigerator.
  • In medium bowl, mix Crust ingredients. Press into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 8 minutes. Cool on cooling rack.
  • In medium bowl, beat Filling ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread over cooled crust. Cover and refrigerate until cool, 30 minutes or more.
  • Carefully spoon gelatin topping over filling. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg



Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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24 comments on “Strawberry Pretzel Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this for several occasions and it’s a hit! My neighbor asked if I could make a tray just for them. Lol Making it for Christmas party and I know it’ll be a hit. You can use any fruit and any jello and it’s still good.

  2. Mary Catherine

    5 stars
    Several steps but all of these are. Very good.
    I will make it again. I used frozen sliced strawberries

  3. Loved i5! Make it every special event. And my strawberries are from my garden…frozen w/ light sugar. They taste like fresh.

  4. My family loves this. Have been making it for years. I cut the sugar in half in the filling. You won’t miss it. I don’t use jello either. I use fresh fruit or thickened crushed pineapple. Or any other fruit.

  5. 5 stars
    Easy to make and everyone loved it. I added another 4 ozs of cool whip. Using fresh strawberries makes a big difference in taste.

  6. 5 stars
    Love this dish! You need to let the strawberry jello and strawberries cool for 1 & 1/2 hours so you can spoon on top of the cream cheese layer, then let it sit 4 to 6 hours or over night.

  7. Have made this for years. Everyone loves it. Also make with raspberry jello and frozen raspberries. Just as delicious!!

  8. 5 stars
    This is delicious! We use Glutino Gluten-free pretzels (which are amazing on their own – not all gluten-free products are created equal, for sure!) It’s so nice to have something awesome that’s gluten free to take to gatherings. No one would even know! The first time I made this it was perfect! The second time I rushed it and I don’t think the crust was all the way cool and the jello was probably not far enough along when I poured it. Liquid seeped down into the crust and it was a little soggy – that was a user error though. I’m still unsure how set the jello needs to be before pouring it on so I guess I’ll just have to keep making it to figure it out. But this is definitely a 5 star recipe for sure!

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