Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

July 1, 2022

The first time I ate strawberry pretzel salad, I wondered why Grandmother put dessert on the table with the meat and vegetables. I was even more astonished when she put strawberry pretzel salad on her plate. Understanding dawned on me once I took my first bite tasting the cream cheese. It was not frosting. I burst out laughing delighted to taste such a delicious side dish.

If you love the taste of salt with something sweet, gluten and dairy free strawberry pretzel salad is the perfect combination. Our family enjoys this scrumptious dish throughout the year. The beautiful red and white festive color will light up your table on the 4th of July or during the holiday season.

Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ingredients:

Pretzel Crust

  • 3/4 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Roughly 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free pretzels crushed

Strawberry Jell-O Filling

  • 1 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple
  • Pineapple juice from the can plus water to equal 2 cups of liquid
  • 6-ounce packet of strawberry Jell-O
  • 1-2 cups of chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces of plain or strawberry vegan cream cheese
  • 8 ounces of vegan cool whip
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

How to Make Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pretzel Salad:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

oven temperature set to 325 Fahrenheit

Pretzel Crust

Crush roughly 2 1/2 cups of gluten free pretzels.

gluten free pretzels for strawberry pretzel salad in a metal mixing bowl with a potato masher

Measure out 3/4 cup of vegan butter.

a stick and a quarter of vegan butter below the box on the wooden table

Slice the butter and place it in the bottom of a 9×9 baking dish.

sliced butter in the bottom of a glass 9x9 baking dish

Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the baking dish with the butter.

1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt on the wooden table

Add the crushed pretzels to the baking dish.

pretzels and butter in a glass baking dish

Bake for 4 minutes, then remove, stir, and bake for 4 more minutes.

slightly melted butter in a glass baking dish stirred with pretzels

When you remove, pat the pretzels down flat to make a pretzel crust.

pretzel crust in a glass square dish for strawberry pretzel salad

Set the dish of pretzels aside to cool while you prepare the Jell-O mixture.

Strawberry Jell-O Filling

Strain a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple over a bowl.

stained crushed pineapple in fine mesh strainer held over a metal bowl to catch the juice

Add the pineapple juice to a measuring cup and then fill with water to the 2 cup mark.

1 cup of fresh pineapple juice and a smaller picture of watered down 2 cups of pineapple juice

Simmer the juice mixture on the stovetop in a teakettle or small pot.

pineapple juice being poured into a glass kettle to boil

Pour one 6-ounce packet of strawberry Jell-O into a metal or glass bowl.

packet of strawberry jell-o emptied into a metal mixing bowl

I like to use a metal bowl. Because, I once had a glass bowl crack when I added hot water.

Add the boiling pineapple-water juice mixture to the mixing bowl with the Jell-O.

boiling pineapple juice being pour out of the glass kettle into the metal bowl with the strawberry jell-o powder in it

Immediately stir until the Jell-O powder is completely dissolved. (about 2 minutes)

stirring the jell-o with a small whisk

Place the Jell-O in the fridge to set for roughly 30 minutes.

metal bowl with strawberry jell-o sitting in the fridge to set for the gluten and dairy free strawberry pretzel salad

If using fresh strawberries, check out my post, Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pie for washing instructions. Wash and slice 1-2 cups of fresh strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, they cut up best while frozen.

a sink full of strawberries soaking

Add the crushed pineapple and sliced strawberries to the chilled and slightly set Jell-O and stir.

strawberries and pineapple mixed into the strawberry jell-o

Put the Jell-O back in the fridge to finish setting. Use this time to wash a few dishes and make your topping. My favorite brand of non-dairy cream cheese is Kite Hill Cream Cheese. You can purchase Kite Hill Cream Cheese at most local grocery stores.


The whipped topping I used is pictured below: Simple Truth Whipped Topping

100% vegan whipped topping: Truwhip


Cream Cheeses Filling

Add 8 ounces of vegan cream cheese and 8 ounces of vegan whipped topping to a mixing bowl and beat on high until combined.

white mixer with a glass mixing bowl mixing up a container of vegan cream cheese and whipped topping

Slowly add a 1/2 cup of sugar while the mixer is beating the topping on high.

1/2 cup of sugar held above the whipped topping in the mixing bowl

Add half of your whipped topping over the pretzels, then add your fruit Jell-O and the remaining half of the cream cheese whipped topping to the strawberry pretzel salad.

layered gluten and dairy free strawberry pretzel salad

Store in the refrigerator covered until ready to serve.

Printable Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe Card

gluten and dairy free strawberry pretzel salad recipe card
gluten and dairy free strawberry pretzel salad recipe card

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