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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Salad Luncheon

So every other month at work we have a themed potluck luncheon and this months theme was SALAD!!! Since I only make desserts for luncheons I sat at my desk and wondered what kind of dessert would I make to go with a SALAD themed luncheon and then it hit me!  A few years ago I made a Strawberry Pretzel "SALAD"  and while it was yummy it was really something that I could pass on ever making again......until last night when I needed to resurrect it with a few changes to make it the best dessert on this side of Virginia...LOL!  Yes there are two parts to Virginia NORTH VA and SOUTH VA...(insider)  Let's say I managed to slip away with a small square to bring home to the hubby!!!  This Strawberry Goodness got RAVE reviews from the co-workers and that's always a good feeling! 

Here is the Recipe for your Enjoyment (and yes Denise I am including all of my additions and changes)!



  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar
  •  2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1(16 ounce) package frozen strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 4 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  5. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set. 
* The best method for crushing pretzels is using your food processor
*Make sure to form a tight seal between your crust and cream cheese mixture to ensure that the gelatin doesn't seep down to the crust
Enjoy and Remember to Eat Dessert First!

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