Strawberry Pretzel Salad


Strawberry pretzel salad is an easy dessert with lots of contrasting textures and flavors. It isn't too sweet, nor too salty, and looks really pretty when you make it in a glass ovenproof baking dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
1 9x13-inch dish

This strawberry pretzel salad recipe is perfect for fans of the sweet and salty flavor pairing.

a spoonful of strawberry pretzel salad being lifted from a casserole dish

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this top-rated strawberry pretzel salad recipe:

· Pretzels: To easily make crushed pretzels, place them in a zip-top bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
· Butter: Melted butter lends moisture and helps bind the crushed pretzels together, creating a delicious crust.
· Sugar: You'll need white sugar for the pretzel crust and for the fluffy cream cheese topping.
· Cream cheese and whipped topping: Beat cream cheese, sugar, and whipped topping together to make a decadent topping.
· Jell-O and frozen strawberries: Dissolve two packages of strawberry-flavored Jell-O in two cups of boiling water, then combine with frozen strawberries.

How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make strawberry pretzel salad at home:

1. Make the pretzel crust, press into the bottom of a baking dish, and bake.
2. Make the cream cheese-whipped topping layer, then spread over the crust.
3. Make the Jell-O, then stir in the frozen berries. Spread over the cream cheese layer.
4. Refrigerate the strawberry pretzel salad until set.

a low angle view of two individual ramekins of strawberry pretzel salad, topped with whipped cream and a single pretzel

Can You Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes, this strawberry pretzel salad recipe makes a great make-ahead dish. In fact, since it needs a few hours to set in the refrigerator, it makes perfect sense to prepare this potluck-perfect dish a day in advance.

How Long Does Strawberry Pretzel Salad Last In the Fridge?

Cover the strawberry pretzel salad tightly with aluminum foil, then store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Can You Freeze Strawberry Pretzel Salad?

We don't recommend strawberry pretzel salad, as the dairy-rich cream cheese layer is likely to separate as it thaws.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"It has become a family tradition," says one Allrecipes community member. "Because this recipe is so forgiving, you can adjust the recipe to your own taste. The dessert is actually gorgeous when completed — especially on a serving plate."

"I've made this recipe twice," according to Amy Shipley Carpenter. "The second time I doubled the crust and was out of whipped topping so I used heavy whipping cream and made my own."

"This has been a family favorite for years," says Susan Teneza. "I am usually rushing when I am making this, but I've learned that it's much easier to take my time and divide the process into three separate steps which allows each to cool properly and always yields the best results."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels

  • ¾ cup butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored Jell-O®

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Stir crushed pretzels, melted butter, and 3 tablespoons sugar together until well-combined; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until set, about 8 to 10 minutes; set aside to cool.

  4. Place cream cheese and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.

  5. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still-frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. Pour and spread over cream cheese layer; refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.

    a spoonful of strawberry pretzel salad being lifted from a casserole dish

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
23g Fat
52g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 442mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 119mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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