Whatcha Makin' Now?: Strawberry, Cream & Pretzel Salad


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Strawberry, Cream & Pretzel Salad

I have had this dish at a number of potlucks and picnics and LOVED it.  I finally stumbled upon the recipe and decided to give it a whirl!  Plus we had a potluck at work and I knew it would be a good side dish. 
I love the combination of sweet and salty with the pretzels, sugar, and strawberries.  It’s light enough to balance out a heavy meal as a side or just a dessert dish.
I hope you’ll try it at your next get-together!    
Here we go! 
Strawberry, Cream & Pretzel SaladAdapted from National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Terri Thiede
2 boxes, 3 oz strawberry Jell-O
2 ½ cups boiling water
10 oz frozen strawberries

3 tbsp sugar
2 cups crushed pretzels
¾ cup melted butter

2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz softened cream cheese
9 oz Cool Whip
Step 1: Combine 2 ½ cups boiling water with both packages of Jell-O.  Add in frozen strawberries.  Chill until almost set.  (About an hour or so.)   
Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Pour melted butter into 9 x 13 pan.  Add on crushed pretzels and sugar.  Use your hands (or spoon) to combine and press into crust.  Bake for 15 minutes. 
Step 3: Combine powdered sugar and cream cheese until well blended.  Fold in cool whip.
Step 4: Top Crust with Step 3 (cream cheese mixture) and then Step 1 (Jell-O).  Chill two or three hours before serving.  GREAT dish to make the day before the party! 
*Note: I didn't let my Jell-O set up enough so it did blend with the cream a bit, but flavor was still the same!  I would just make sure Jell-O was almost set before putting it on top. 
Enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!