This post was originally published on August 27, 2008. It’s one of my favorite family recipes, showing up at summer gatherings for as long as I can remember, and it was in desperate need of a facelift!
Strawberry pretzel salad is one of the first desserts that I became totally obsessed with. As a kid, desserts were fine – a piece of cake here, some pie there, a cookie once in a while… no big deal. However, when this dessert made an appearance, I probably looked a whole lot like Einstein when he’s waiting for his bowl of food. Drool overcomes him. He can barely sit still. Then he proceeds to inhale his entire meal in a matter of seconds.
My great aunt and my grandma would take turns bringing this to any family get together that occurred during the spring or summer, and it often made an appearance at Easter. I love the combination of salty pretzels, sweetened cream cheese and fresh strawberries… if you’ve never had the dessert before, it can sound (and look) a little strange, but after one bite, you’ll be totally hooked.
The original recipe that I got from my family includes frozen strawberries, and while that’s how I made it for a very long time, I think the fresh strawberries make a world of difference.
Strawberry pretzel salad is definitely not a salad (I don’t know how it got that name!), but it is one of my all-time favorite summer desserts!
The classic Strawberry Pretzel “Salad” – a crushed pretzel crust, sweetened cream cheese filling and a strawberry Jello topping with fresh strawberries.