Pretzel Salad can be either a salad or a dessert.  It is very rich, but then the pretzels are crunchy, so that gives the dish another texture.

Pretzel Salad

This is a must for special family occasions or neighborhood gatherings.  We have this every Thanksgiving.  It is the salad to make when you are just craving a good salad with raspberries. You might think of this as a dessert.  Kids, neighbors, and everyone, will love this, and the pan will come home empty!

Pretzel Salad
Recipe type: Salads
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Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups pretzels or crushed Ritz crackers
  • 4½ Tbsps. sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1-6 ounce package raspberry gelatin (or any flavor that you want)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 8 ounce package thawed whipped topping (or a pint of whipping cream)
  • 1 - 16 ounce package frozen fruit (raspberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges, etc.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together pretzels or crackers, 4½ Tbsps. of sugar and butter.
  3. Press in the bottom of a 9" X 13" pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Cool.
  6. Dissolve gelatin in 2 cups of boiling water.
  7. Chill until the gelatin is partly set up.
  8. Blend cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping together. (If using whipping cream, whip it first, then add powdered sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla).
  9. Place this mixture on top of the crust.
  10. Then add the raspberries and then the gelatin that has been lightly set.


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