Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip

Hey, the original recipe actually calls itself a salad, so I’m just going with the flow. I turned Strawberry Pretzel Salad into an easy, fast, and delicious DIP recipe!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip - an easy no-bake recipe turned into a sweet appetizer dip!

Somehow we entered a time warp back in January and when we stepped out it was mid-May. I’m not quite sure how that happened but Memorial Day is right around the corner. After that, summer and with it pool parties, BBQs, the 4th of July…all times when you need lots of potluck ready appetizers and desserts that are no-bake, easy, and fast.

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip fits all of those requirements. Especially the one where it’s good for a party. It’s perfect for a backyard BBQ, a potluck…or a baby shower. It’s even good for a virtual baby shower.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip

Today I am so happy to be throwing a virtual baby shower for my blogging BFF Ashton from Something Swanky. You guys all know how much I love that girl. She was my first blogging friend who quickly transitioned to real-life friend.

I’d call her my work lobster, but that might be weird. Anyway…

Ashton is having a baby boy next month. And I (and some of my friends) are so excited for her that we’re throwing her a virtual baby shower!

SURPRISE Ashton! 🙂

{I know that she’s having a boy and that this dip is all pink but whatever. No one ever made a BLUEBERRY Pretzel Salad. Although that would be amazing.}

As soon as I started planning this shower I knew I had to make a sweet dip recipe. Ashton is the one that got me started on those, with her recipes like Brownie Batter Dip, Cannoli Dip, and various cake batter dips. She also loves fluff recipes, so when I was brainstorming easy, fun, and fast dip recipes made out of summer flavors I immediately thought of the Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe that’s been begging me to make it for years.

YEARS. That’s how long this dip has been waiting for me.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip - turn a no-bake summer dessert recipe into an easy appetizer dip!

I daresay, the actual salad recipe is pretty easy but this dip? Is even easier. Just a few simple ingredients get mixed together and it’s ready to serve.

The classic Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe includes cream cheese, whipped topping, and sugar. Then it’s topped with strawberries and jell-o and it’s all on top of a pretzel crust.

This recipe is very similar. The base of the dip is the same as the middle of that layered dessert. Cream cheese, sugar, and whipped topping are mixed together (you could substitute whipped cream). Then, instead of using jell-o, I used strawberry pie filling. Just swirl some in and add some to the top for garnish.

Instead of making crust, you just serve this with pretzels. Or a spoon. I won’t judge.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip (2 of 5)

It’s perfect for any gathering because it’s no-bake, easy, and fast. And it’s pretty, so it’s perfect for a baby shower!

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip

Turn your favorite summer recipe into a party dip! Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip is just like that no bake dessert but easier to serve!


  • 8 ounces Challenge Cream Cheese, room temperature

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 8 ounces (1 small tub) Cool Whip

  • About 3/4 cup Strawberry Pie Filling, divided

  • Pretzels, for serving


  1. Use a hand mixer to beat cream cheese, sugar, and salt until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Stir in about 1/2 cup of the pie filling. Chill dip until ready to serve. (Can be made one day ahead.)

  2. When ready to serve: Place dip in serving bowl. Top with another 1/4 cup or so of pie filling for garnish. Serve with pretzels.


Feel free to use low or fat-free ingredients where you'd like. If you prefer to use fresh strawberries, just chop up about 1-2 cups and stir in in place of the pie filling. Check the sweetness - your dip may need more sugar in this case since the pie filling is more sweet than plain strawberries are.

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Ashton Baby Shower

Check out the other recipes served at Ashton’s virtual shower today!

Krispy Kreme Pie by Wine and Glue
How to Make Lemon Mini Cupcakes by Call Me PMC
Brown Sugar Butterscotch Bundt Cake by Layers of Happiness
Double Chocolate Cups by Diary of a Recipe Collector
Strawberries and Cream Skillet Cobbler by Taste and Tell
Paleo Blueberry Coconut Cupcakes by Food Faith Fitness
Blueberry Coconut Protein Pops by Capturing Joy
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip by Crazy for Crust
Creamy Lemon Angel Cake Roll by Yummy Healthy Easy
Blueberry Granola Gratin by Buns in My Oven
Strawberry & Cream Profiteroles by Lemons for Lulu
Dirt Cake by In Katrina’s Kitchen
Mini Pineapple Upside Down Trifles by Life, Love, and Sugar
S’mores Frappuccino Cupcakes by Inside BruCrew Life
Butterfinger Cupcakes by Six Sisters’ Stuff
Brookie Bars by It Bakes Me Happy
Carrot Cake Cupcakes by Beyond Frosting
Blueberry Pie Cheeseball by Mom On Timeout
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Mousse by Heather’s French Press
Blueberry Cream Cheese Cookies with a Lemon Glaze by The Recipe Critic
Lemon Berry Pastries by I Wash You Dry
Lemon Berry Fruit Kabobs by Crumbs and Chaos


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  1. Wow, that’s quite a list of treats. Ashton must be thrilled. Congrats to her, and kudos to all of you for doing this!
    I’m cool calling dessert “salad.” Totally means I can eat about 17 helpings!

  2. Congratulations, Ashton! Dorothy, you’re so sweet for celebrating with a virtual baby shower. I think it’s such a great way for bloggers to come together especially because there’s quite some distance between us all. I would be all over this dip. I’m all about pretzels. 🙂 Strawberry salad sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh this dip is so pretty, Dorothy! I love the strawberry flavor. So perfect for pretzels and the summer. Pinned!

  4. Ashton is one special gal, and one lucky one at that to be celebrating with all this fantastic food today! I adore this recipe for entertaining.

  5. Yum! I need for dessert dips in my life 🙂

  6. I so need this in my life. I would dip all day long. Pinned.

  7. Congrats Ashton! Dorothy, this strawberry dip is the perfect way to celebrate 🙂

  8. This dip looks delicious 🙂 Great idea for the party.

  9. This dip is calling my name! I’m afraid I’d eat it all!

  10. Don’t mind me – I’m just the girl hovering over the dip and not talking to anybody because I’m stuffing my face… 😉

  11. Oh my gosh, you guys are so sweet!!!!! And I LOVE this dip!! I’ve actually been meaning to attempt something similar, but I’d rather eat yours instead! LOVE! XOXO

  12. first – thank you so much for putting all this together, I love a good party! 
    second – I have never really been into strawberry pretzel salad, but as a dip, I am all over this.  It is SO much better dip style {IMO}

  13. I love strawberry pretzel salad! Having it in dip form might be even more dangerous.

  14. Seriously!! How is it already May?! And this is the perfect dip for a fun Memorial party or outdoor BBQ. I love the strawberry pretzel salad so now that I can have it in a dip – YUM! 🙂

  15. I can hardly believe it’s almost summer!!! But this salad, mm dip sounds amazing. And what a great occasion to bring this to! 

  16. I’m obsessed with strawberry desserts and always love a good easy treat for the hot summer months. Thanks for organizing today Dorothy

  17. I have to admit, I’ve never had pretzel salad, but I love a good sweet and salty combo so definitely trying this! The perfect baby shower offering! Pinned!

  18. Totally with you on the time warp thing. HOW is is mid May?!?! Anyway, I’m glad you’re not going to judge the fact I want to just dig into this with a spoon!

  19. Such a cute idea for a baby shower. BTW I am addicted to those pretzel chips!!

  20. Strawberry pie dip with pretzels sounds pretty awesome!  I’ve never even heard of strawberry pretzel salad, but I kind of need to go look that up now!

  21. I love strawberry pretzel salad, but this dip seems even more delicious! And like the perfect baby shower treat (virtual or not) I can’t wait to try this!

  22. This looks so addictive and that’s adorable that you’re throwing her a virtual baby shower 🙂

  23. ok now this is a salad I would every single day even if considered a salad dip lol and it has fruit and diary so its perfect! Seriously, I am in love with the sweet salty combo you have here.

  24. I was just thinking about that pretzel strawberry dessert today! The one you converted into a dip and the one I am thinking about converting into an ice cream. This looks so delicious, and congratulations to Ashton!

  25. This virtual baby shower is so cute – I’m having so much fun looking at all the delicious creations!

    Now I only just found out that strawberry pretzel salad is a thing and I’m SO intrigued! Maybe I’ll start with this dip first to give me a taste first 🙂 

  26. I love pretzel salad and I grew up eating it as a kid! I often make a triple berry version, just match your jello flavor with whatever fruit you want. So happy for Ashton and great job to all of you for throwing her a shower!

  27. What a fabulous idea! Love strawberry pretzel salad but this dip is so much easier and looks amazing! Can’t wait to make it this summer! 

  28. Cool whip, cream cheese, and pie filling….HARD to go wrong here! I would eat the whole bowl 🙂 

  29. So excited for Ashton! And hating myself for not getting my act together in time to join the fun. Anyway, THIS. Can’t even stand it. So much want. And blueberries would totally work, too!

  30. Thanks for organizing everything Dorothy! Now when can I come over for some of this DIP?

  31. You guys are awesome blogger friends. I have come to realize that this blogging community rocks. This dip looks so fresh and perfect for our gorgeous CA weather! Love how fresh and delicious looking it is. 😉 

  32. This looks delicious! I’m so glad you finally made it. 🙂 Yum!

  33. My mom always made sure every meal had different colors, and that is something you are really good at.  Beautiful, and the colors all give us nutrients we need!

  34. This dip looks amazing!! What a delicious recipe!! I love the fact that you dip pretzels thins….yummy!!

  35. This is all kinds of awesome. I have a Strawberry pretzel bar coming to the blog next week 🙂 Now I wish I had a bowl of this gorgeous dip in front of me!! 

  36. we must have entered a time warp because I also can’t believe that summer is just about here! and school ends next month?!! WTH? anyway, love virtual baby showers. .  wish we could actually EAT everything here!!! love this strawberry dip! 

  37. This dip is such an awesome idea, Dorothy!  I love how quick it is to make and those strawberries just look delicious.  Pinned!

  38. I’ve never made a sweet dip before. Thanks for the idea Dorothy!

  39. I love that you turned this into a dip – it makes way more sense as a dip than it does as a salad!!  

  40. This dip looks incredible! Love this awesome idea! Yay, congrats to Ashton! So fun!

  41. While I love those pretzels, I’d totally be the one eating this dip with a spoon!  

  42. What a great idea! You’re a clever girl! 🙂

  43. What a great idea for a dip! This looks incredible!

  44. There is nothing better than a sweet and salty combo!  

  45. Easy and perfect Dorothy! What a fun dip!

  46. Genius! This is amazing! I have got to make this ASAP!

  47. I love this dip! So creative! Will definitely be making! 

  48. This dip looks amazing, Dorothy! I love that you transformed a classic salad into a fabulous new recipe 🙂 You’re a genius! 

  49. This is such a fun a creative dip recipe! Love it!!!

  50. This dip looks amazing! I am definitely trying this out!

  51. We’ve kind of got a corner on the strawberry-pretzel salad market this week, huh? This looks absolutely delicious-I love dips more than life itself. Pinned!

  52. Love this! So pretty and I bet it tastes awesome! Pinned

  53. I didn’t have any strawberry on hand, but the dip was excellent with blackberry! I could eat it right off the spoon. Yum!

  54. This looks so amazing! I LOVE pretzel salad but can never get the jello to set properly. can’t wait to try it! PS.. I MAY love your jams even more than the dip.

  55. My mom made this for Thanksgiving and it delicious! Reminds me of the strawberry/Jello dessert with the pretzel crust but its much easier to make. I am stopping by the store on the way home from work tonight so I can make a batch for myself

  56. The strawberry pretzel dip was absolutely delicious. Had it at family dinner and everyone loved it. My husband ate it off his plate with a spoon, no pretzels needed! Thanks for a great recipe.

  57. How many people does this serve? 

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