Real Girl's Kitchen: Mom's Strawberry Pretzel "Salad"

I am very honest about my horendous baking skills. It’s bad! They are so bad that even though this is clearly a dessert, I’m still going to continue to call it a “salad” in an attempt to entice you to try it. I can’t even make the cookies that are straight out of the freezer without burning them. I blame it on the exact measurements and having to follow directions, neither of which are really my strong suit. That being said, this “salad” requires very little baking and no exact measurements!

As a kid in Texas, I only knew this dish as “church salad” because it was always present at church functions.  It’s easy, doesn’t require any fancy care afterwards and everyone loves it! I’m not even joking when I say everyone. If you don’t like this your not normal, and definitely not a Texan. It’s salty, sweet and jello! Who doesn’t like Jello?!

It should also be noted, this is my mother’s famous recipe. I would love to take the credit but it’s all Mama Duff’s.

Attn: Vegans, you can substitute! Don’t worry girls, you’re not left out of this one…

What you need:

2-3 cups of crushed pretzels (depending on how much your making)

3/4 cup of butter (melted in a small bowl)

Sugar (or Stevia, but it might taste different)

1  8oz cream cheese

1  8oz container Cool Whip

2 boxes of sugar-free jello (I used 1 strawberry and 1 cherry…it’s what I had!)

Fresh strawberries

1  8oz can crushed pineapple


How to:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

Combine crushed pretzels, butter, 3 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl. Pat the mixture in to a greased baking dish.

Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

In a second bowl, combine cream cheese, cool whip, 1/3 cup of sugar. When pretzels are cool, spread a layer evenly across them. Place in refrigerator till cool or “set”


In a third bowl, combine 2 boxes of jello and 1   3/4 cups of boiling water. Stir to dissolve jello. Once completely cool, mix in pineapples and strawberries. Pour on top of the cream cheese filling.

Place back in fridge.  Now leave it alone! It will take a few hours for it to firm up.


I also made a homemade vanilla & lime whipped cream for a topping. You can find the recipe here!


xo HD

**RGK diet tip: The thinner you make the filling layer, the less fattening this dessert is…I didn’t do a great job of cutting calories with my example, but your jello should be the biggest portion!**


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