Friday, November 23, 2012

Pretzel Salad!



 
Pretzel Salad is an old southern favorite that you used to find at a lot of holiday meals or church potlucks.  I think we have forgotten about this yummy recipe a little in recent years though.  Maybe it's just in my family that we don't make it as much anymore.  I am not really sure why though, because most everyone loves it.  It's actually not a salad, but more like a dessert that goes really well with the other holiday selections.  This recipe can also be lightened up quite a bit without sacrificing much of the flavor at all by using light cream cheese, light whipped topping and sugar free Jello..  Here is what you will need for this Pretzel Salad:

1 stick butter, melted
2 cups crushed pretzels
1 cup chopped pecans
3 Tbs. sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1  8oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
1  8oz. frozen whipped cream
1 16 oz. box frozen strawberries
1 large strawberry flavored jello
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups cold water



Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick spray.   Mix together butter, crushed pretzels, 3 Tbs. sugar and chopped pecans.  Press into the bottom of the baking dish and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.   Let cool.


Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together and then beat in frozen whipped topping. 
Spread over the cooled crust.   Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Dissolve Jello in 2 cups bowling water,  add 1 1/2 cups of cold water and the strawberries.  Stir until it starts to slightly thicken.   Pour over the  cream cheese layer, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight until Jello sets completely. 

Serve cut in squares with a dollop of whipped cream on each piece. 
 








21 comments:

  1. I have never had this so I am going to make some but use a different fruit not a fan of strawberries

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    1. I have made this ,but left out the pecans, and used gram cracker crust Probably ,has been 30 years ago ,and used can peaches.

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  2. an oldie but a goodie!

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  3. This is the best !!! I'm so glad u shared .. I've been looking for it...My ex sister in law in law use to make it and I forget what it was called it been about ten years since I've had it ...thank u soo much!!!

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  4. I remember having this once (maybe ten years ago) and thinking that the salty bottom and sweet top were a great mix. Thanks for reminding me about this dessert!

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  5. SOUNDS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!

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  6. I used to attend a huge family/friends Sunday dinner and one of the girls brought this dish. She'd get positively nasty with anyone who ate it for dessert instead of as a salad with the main dishes. Since it's so sweet and so delicious and her dish was always emptied I couldn't understand the attitude at all, lol, but there you go.

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  7. I make this every Christmas. Everyone in my family is already asking me about this dish they want to make sure that I am having it. And of course I am! Love love love it!!

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  8. Love love love this......soooooo good!!!

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  9. Can't wait to try!!! Thanks

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  10. My 80 year old neighbor used to make this for years...but it was for food for the bereaved. If I stopped by to chat and saw the salad, I knew someone died.

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  11. Anonymous,
    I was about to say the same thing. Someone has always had this salad at fellowships after a funeral. Still, it is a very good salad and I think I will make it for a more pleasant gathering.

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  12. Bet it would be good with chocolate covered pretzels!!

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  13. I make this quite often for my family. Every Christmas plus my youngest daughter requests it instead of a birthday cake each year. The recipe I use is slightly different tho.. I use raspberry jello instead of strawberry (but still use the strawberry fruit). Also, the middle layer has regular sugar instead of powdered and no nuts in the crust, just pretzels

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  14. This is one of my all-time favorite dishes. We have it every year for Christmas Eve lunch. I use an emulsion blender and blend the strawberries in the jello (that's because I don't like chunks of strawberry in the jello). Everyone in the famliy now prefers it with blended strawberries. :)

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  15. I have a recipe.that is very similar to this but mine does not have pecans in the crust and instead of hello I use Danish Junket - strawberry flavored. I have 3 nieces and 2 daughters that all ask for it for their birthdays. it has become a family favorite for many years.

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  16. This salad became my "Go To" recipe for all the Christmas functions that we needed to bring something. I had been looking for this recipe for years, but didn't know what it was called. Now that spring and summer are just around the corner, it will be time to make this again. A great salad for the entire year.

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  17. Is the frozen whipped topping thawed out before using in this recipe...directions never states what to do. I love Jello pretzel salad. I am going to make.

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  18. Never had a strawberry version of this...my Granny always made it with pineapple pie filling! So yummy! Thanks for posting it!

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  19. This is my all time favorite dessert, ever. Sweet & salty.

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