Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Even in its “convenience food” version, this beloved Midwest favorite has a fantastic combination of salty and sweet, crunchy and creamy. How great would it be without the fake ingredients?
Why This Recipe Works
Never heard of a salad with pretzels? It’s not your typical salad: It consists of a pretzel crust, a layer of sweetened cream cheese and whipped topping, and a layer of strawberry Jell-O. To make our version a little more homemade, we ditch the whipped topping and make a filling of real whipped cream, cream cheese, and sugar. We crush the pretzels with sugar in the food processor before mixing them with melted butter for a crust that bakes up evenly crispy. Finally, we ban the artificial red Jell-O and make our own with frozen strawberries, slicing some of the berries into the mixture and letting it chill before layering it on top of the filling.