Nana’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

Published by on

This post may contain affiliate links.  That means if you click and buy, I may receive a small commission (at zero cost to you!) Please see my full Disclosure Policy for detail

On Sale! Meyer Lemon Cookbook eBook!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry Pretzel Salad

One year at Christmas, Nana Gaunt said she was making something new for dinner! She had a great recipe for Strawberry Salad. Our holiday dinners are normally at my sister’s house and everyone brings something, appetizers, salads, sides, desserts and my sister makes the meat and some of the sides with help from out of town guests (my daughter and me). Nana made the Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe and to say it was a HUGE hit would be an understatement!

We have this now probably twenty years later at every holiday. Christmas, Easter, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, you name the holiday, Strawberry Pretzel salad is on the table! I call it a salad because Nana did, but it could easily be a dessert as well!

This is so delicious! A salty crunchy crust, a cream cheese almost cheese cake layer and then the strawberries and jello. The strawberries are where my sister and I disagree, she likes to use frozen strawberries and like fresh, other than that our salads are identical.

Looking for food and snack subscription boxes? Click here to find the perfect one for you! Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Nana’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 squares 1x


A delicious salad/dessert with a pretzel crust, a cream cheese layer and strawberries!



3 Cups pretzels – stick or mini-pretzels work best

1 stick – 8 Tablespoons Butter – melted

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 –  8 ounce package cream cheese – softened

1 Cup Sugar

1 – 8 ounce tub frozen whipped topping – some call it the whip that is cool

16 ounce container strawberries or 1 bag frozen strawberries – sliced

1 – 6 ounce package of instant strawberry jello


Preheat oven to 350

Crush the pretzels, I have a big marble rolling pin I use, my sister uses a food processor, I have to say we have even put them in gallon food storage bags and had the kids stomp on them (we won’t do that again)

Combine the crushed pretzels with the melted butter and press into a 9 x 13 pan.

Sprinkle the 2 Tablespoons of sugar over the top

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes

Let cool completely!  This is really important! I stick it in the refrigerator, my sister the freezer

While the crust is cooling, using a hand mixer beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until fluffy.

Fold in the whipped topping, a rubber spatula works best

I put this in the refrigerator while I make the strawberry layer

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil

Mix the box of jello with the boiling water until all dissolved.

Add 1 cup of ice and stir continuously until the it begins to gel

Add the sliced strawberries

Chill for an hour until it is soft set

Get the chilled crust

Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the pretzel crust

Top the cream cheese with the strawberry mixture

Refrigerate until ready to serve



Looking for food and snack subscription boxes? Click here to find the perfect one for you!

We lost Nana a few years ago. I know that she would be happy to know that we still make her Strawberry Pretzel Salad every holiday and enjoy it just like the first time!

Categories: Posts


Jeanette Hildreth · September 3, 2021 at 6:08 pm

Google put a wonderful ad right in the middle of your recipe and it never says what to do with the one cup of sugar so I added it to the cream cheese. Hope I was right. We shall see. Love this Desert · September 4, 2021 at 3:52 am

    Wow!!! I pulled it up and I had 3 ADS in the recipe! They aren’t supposed to do that! I’m so sorry! Yes mix the sugar with the cream cheese and coolwhip.

    Thanks for letting me know!

Leave a Reply