Strawberry Pretzel Salad

by sunshine on November 25, 2008

This is always a favorite amongst the Thanksgiving feast.  It’s a perfect combination of salty and sweet.  A great addition to any Thanksgiving table!!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Recipe Courtesy: Paula Deen

Printable Recipe: Strawberry Pretzel Salad

• 2 cups crushed pretzels
• 3/4 cup melted butter
• 3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
• 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
• 2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
• 2 cups boiling water
• 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
• 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
• Whipped topping or whipped cream, to garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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

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.

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.

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

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

wndzbug October 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Love this recipe, but I am disappointed that Paula Deen is passing it off as an original since our family has been making this for over 20 years. The only difference is we don't put in the pineapple.


ADS October 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Are you disappointed that she has a pot roast recipe or chicken pot pie recipe…we've all been making those for years with our own little spins on them…no need to get disappointed…she just shares stuff with the rest of the world that we may have never heard of otherwise 🙂


dee October 31, 2011 at 7:48 am

I also leave out the pineapple, it really doesn't need it. And I leave out the added sugar in the pretzels. I've tried it both ways and found the sugar masked the salty taste of the pretzels which goes so well with the sweet topping. With the cream part sweet and the strawberry part sweet, leaving it out of the crust works fine.
I've also made this for years and everyone who tastes it has the same reaction. Large eyes of amazement and they reach for more. It's delicious!


Jen November 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

I have been looking for this recipe forever!!! Had it decades ago. Thanks for sharing.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


audrey December 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

using brown sugar with the pretzels tastes better


Annie January 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Love this dessert, as we call it! I've never added pineapple either. It is super delicious without, and always gets ate up the first day at any picnic or potluck


antiqueaddict5 January 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I like this with raspberries instead of strawberries & no pineapple. Whenever I make this there is nothing left!


Beth February 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

Can someone tell me if the strawberries need to be completely thawed and do you combine with all of the strawberry juices?


Bev September 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

OMG!!! I use to make this recipe years ago for family get togethers but I lost the recipe. So glad to get it back!!!


mary 4007 October 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Only Paula Deen could make a no bake cheesecake & call it a salad! 🙂


CAREBEAR November 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

maken it for the first time this Thanksgiving.Iknow my family will love it especially my husband.HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE….


Deb Boido January 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

Many in my family have issues with too much sugar, so I've used sugar substitute and sugar free where ever possible. The desert was still a hit for all. Salty Sweet treat from the past.


Peg June 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Made this for a summer party! Looked great! Tasted wonderful! I followed the original recipe! Liked the comments about leaving out the sugar and adding brown sugar as an alternative too! This is a salad you can serve all year! A favorite !!


my recent favorite books July 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Just found a pin for your recipe thru Pinterest this evening, – and repinned it right away! =)
Love this Salad!!! =)
Thanks for sharing!


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