I LOVE Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad. I have always made the one where you layer it pretty in a glass dish. it is amazing but it does take some time since it is a few steps.
I was at my friend Shelley's pool this summer and she made this mixed up version. I couldn't stop eating it. I know it is more like dessert than a salad but I love it. If you haven't made this, you totally need to make it for your next gathering. I just made it Thanksgiving for our family gathering in East Texas. It was ALL gone after lunch!
Mixed-Up Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad
1 cup crushed pretzels
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups diced strawberries
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar ( I used powdered sugar but either will work)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups Cool Whip ( I use two 8 oz containers)
Mix together the crushed pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter. Bake on a jelly roll pan with sides.... at 400 for 7 minutes. Allow mixture to cool, break into pieces and set aside (I did this step two days early and stored in a zip lock bag)
Using an hand mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla... until combined. Fold in the Cool Whip. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Just before serving, gently fold in the diced strawberries and pretzel mix. Enjoy!