Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

Disclosure: I received Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware pieces to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad Recipe

One of my family’s favorite salads for holidays, family meals and even birthdays is Strawberry Pretzel Salad. This is a sweet salad so we often serve it with the desserts rather than the meal. Usually one of my sister’s make the pretzel salad so this was my first time. I decided to add pecans and brown sugar to the recipe and I love how it turned out!

Rachael Ray Stoneware

This is week tow of the Holiday Progressive Dinner and today’s sponsor is Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware and I am in love with the pieces I received. They will definitely be showing up in future posts. I chose agave blue for most of the pieces. I got a 9 x 13 rectangular baker, a 1.5 quart round baker, 12 inch oval serving bowl, two 12 ounce oval au gratin in agave blue and one in mushroom brown,  two of the 4 piece dipping cup sets in assorted colors.

2014 Holiday Progressive Dinner Salad Recipes:

Busy-at-Home : Pear Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad with Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Adventures in All Things Food: Hearty Holiday Chopped Salad

The Gunny Sack: Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

Daily Dish Recipes: Holiday Avocado, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad

Flour on My Face: Fresh Fruit Pomegranate Salad

Will Cook for Smiles: Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad


Rachael Ray Stoneware Baking

Crafted from sturdy stoneware and glazed with warm, earthy color, these Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware pieces combine contemporary kitchen functionality with touches of relaxed, rustic character. I really like the brown brush strokes along the edges. These pieces are oven safe to varying degrees (check the packaging and website for specifics) and are also microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe for convenience. The sturdy, appealing pieces match great-looking Cucina dinnerware to bring coordinated style to the kitchen and home, and makes the perfect partner for serving bowls and platters and other baking dishes in Rachael’s Cucina collections.

Pretzel Salad Ingredients

To make the Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad, mix together chopped pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter.

Sugared Pretzels and Pecans

Spread on a large baking sheet with sides (I used my jelly roll pan) and bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. All of the mixture to cool and then break it into small pieces.

Diced Strawberries

Dice two cups of strawberries and set them aside.

Cream Cheese Filling

Beat together softened cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

Before serving, stir the diced strawberries and sugared pretzels and pecans into the cream cheese mixture. Spoon into a serving dish.

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

Serve the Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad in the small dip cups or bowls. Everyone at your holiday dinner will love this recipe!

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup pretzels, crushed
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  1. Mix together crushed pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter.
  2. Spread on a large baking sheet with sides (I used my jelly roll pan) and bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then break it into small pieces.
  3. Beat together softened cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla.
  4. Fold in whipped topping.
  5. Before serving, stir the diced strawberries and sugared pretzels and pecans into the cream cheese mixture.

 Adapted from Copper Country Favorites Cookbook

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  1. Alecia says

    This is the most amazing salad! I decrease the amount of butter and half the pretzel/pecan mix and like the ratios better. I’ve made it 4 times for different potlucks in the last month and people just rave!

  2. Brenda says

    I made this and everyone loved it. However I could never find the directions for making it. It turned out well but would have been nice to know how long and what temperature to cook the pretzel mixture.

    • says

      Hi Brenda! I would love to hear the details about your recipe issue so I can contact my website developer. Maybe we can figure out what went wrong. My email address is
      What device were you using?
      What is your browser?
      Did you click the “Read Full Article” button, if on mobile?
      What did you see at the bottom of the blog post where the recipe typically is?
      Thanks so much!

  3. Debbie says

    This is awesome! Could the pretzel mixture be made ahead of time and stored for a few days then stirred in fresh for each meal?

  4. Ashley says

    Ever try this with other fruit? I’ve had a request for this dish for St. Patrick’s Day…but need some green. I’m not a huge lime fan. Thought on grapes, green apples or kiwi?

    • says

      Hi Jess! I’ve never tried freezing it but the pretzels tend to get soggy quickly so I”m not sure that it would work. Let us know if you do try it though! 🙂 Tonia

  5. Michelle says

    Good gravy is this good!!!! Thank you for sharing this. I had one small hiccup. The edges of my pecan mixture burned. So, I will know next time to spread it out better and keep an eye on it. Made my own homemade cool whip from another recipe and it worked like a dream. This is definitely a potluck pleaser!

  6. tammy says

    Try layering each mixture this in mini wine glasses and serve with mini silver plastic spoons. Really cute and yummy.

  7. Bev says

    This is an A++++
    I made it for Father’s Day brunch and my husband said it was the best recipe I have found in years. (And I try a lot of new recipes!

  8. Cathy says

    Would frozen strawberries work? I know fresh would be best but I just happen to have all the ingredients except for the fresh strawberries

    • Tonia says

      Yes, frozen strawberries would work. I would suggest thawing and draining them first otherwise the salad might be too watery.

  9. Janay says

    I’m planning on making the Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad. Do you eat it just as it is or is this used as a dip? If it is used as a dip, what do you use…cookies?

  10. Allison says

    Is this recipe supposed to read 3/4 stick of butter or 3/4 cup? I know it says 3/4 cup, which is what I relied on (1.5 sticks), but I would cut this in half next time or double the pretzel pieces. It was very oily and most of the pretzel pieces were chewy. I threw about 1/2 of it out… Loved the rest of the recipe tho–big hit with the family.

    • Sarah says

      I had the same problem. Mixture was way too oily after cooking in the oven. I even poured off extra melted butter after cooling the mixture. It was chewy; not crunchy. I think recipe should say 3/4 stick of butter–not 3/4 cup.

  11. Heather says

    I am making this for one of the many desserts on Easter Sunday. I’m going to bake sugar cookie dough (like a pizza) first and spread this on top after it cools and once we get to the party. I’ll let you all know how it turns out. =D

  12. Nia says

    Made this today and it’s a BIG hit!!!! I could eat the entire bowl (but won’t lol)…this will be in rotation.
    Thanks for your post!!

  13. Alice R. says

    We all love the strawberry pretzel jello recipe but I’m dying to try this. How do the leftovers hold up? Do the pretzels get mushy after a day in the fridge…..and is it best to combine all the ingredients just before serving or do they need to be refrigerated for a while before eating? Thanks much.

      • Alice R says

        Thanks for your quick reply. That’s kind of what I thought but wanted to make sure. Will be making it next weekend for a get together and am sure it will be a hit!!

  14. Malisha says

    I’m simply going to rate this dessert of five stars for overall look and appeal.
    Although I’ve never made this before,it looks so good that I can’t wait till I make this! This will sure to get the families attention!

  15. Marsha Paletsas says

    Do I measure the pretzels before or after chopping them? If before, what shape? Sticks, twists, tiny twists?

  16. Beth says

    just curious how many this recipe serves. I will be making it for 12 people and wondering if I need to double it?!? Thanks for the info!

      • Karen says

        Imade this recipe tonight in practice before I take it to a Christmas party on Thursday. I did put cooked rice in it also and the rice made it taste a bit like the cold rice porridge my Mom used to make when I was little. Good stuff.

  17. Jessica says

    Made this for our Thanksgiving potluck and it was gone in 5 minutes!!! I also won the homemade contest!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe =)

  18. says

    Hi Tonia. I’m slowly learning how to do a blog and use your site as a reference. We have a lot of things in common. I will definitely try this salad. I’ve never heard of it before. But sugared pretzels and pecans with strawberries, cream cheese, and whipped cream sound like a delightful combination. Keep up the great work. ~Kyra

  19. Susan says

    I would chose the 3-Piece Round Casserole & Lid Set, Agave Blue SKU 58314 if I won this contest. It would get the most use in my kitchen. And as for the recipe – I will be making it for,the next party I attend or host. We love the strawberry pretzel dessert and this recipe seems similar enough but much easier!

  20. Deanne H. says

    I love the red colored dishes but the one I really love is 3.5-Quart Oval Casserole, Cranberry Red
    SKU: 57432 MSRP: $99.98 Availability.

    I love your salad and I am definitely adding this to our desert menu this Thanksgiving.

  21. Anita says

    I love your new dishes! They look wonderful. I also love that strawberry pretzel salad and could probably eat it all! Just looking at it makes me crave it!

  22. Heather T says

    Not sure how to link to the ones I like but I love the blue 1.5 oval and the dipping set, the colors and the earthen ware are beautiful, would love this prize.

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