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Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad Recipe

Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad Recipe

I adapted this recipe from one using strawberries and strawberry gelatin. The pretzels give the refreshing layered salad a nice crunch. It's a favorite in our family. —Peggy Boyd, Northport, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:15 servings


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • Additional whipped topping, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine pretzels and 3 teaspoons sugar; stir in butter. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add pineapple and oranges. Chill until partially set, about 30 minutes.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust. Gently spoon gelatin mixture over cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate 2-4 hours or until firm.
  • 4. Cut into squares. Garnish with additional whipped topping if desired. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 286 calories, 16 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 326 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Made this for Thanksgiving it was delicious."

Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"Will try blueberries and lemon gelatin next time...stay tuned."

Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"This recipe is OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. I am a baking heroine at my church because of this recipe! I have successfully substituted the pretzels with 2 & 3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs. I have also used Strawberry gelatin with 2 cups of frozen, chopped strawberries. HINT: Using frozen or freezer chilled fruit will help your gelatin to set up more quickly; use the mixer to break up the gelatin and distribute the fruit, if necessary."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"This is delicious made with raspberry jello and using frozen raspberries!!"

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"This is, without a doubt.....the bomb! You can't go wrong with this. No joke! I love it. I had it for breakfast!"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"I made this to bring to church and while the jello was firming up in the fridge, my little sister (6) happened to catch a glance of it and... unfortunately she couldn't keep herself from digging in. It didn't look quite as pretty when I brought it to church, but it was gone before everyone had gone through the line to get food! I would definitely make this again (but hide it so my lil sis stays out! :)"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"This is my new go to recipe for all my special occasions. I have experimented and used strawberries instead of oranges with strawberry gelatin and for Christmas this year I am going to substitute it with cherries and cherry gelatin. So far the oranges have been my favorite but we will see how it is with cherries. :-) The combination of the textures with the pretzels and the cool whip and the tart of the cream cheese all just fit together so perfectly. It doesn't last long at our house!"

Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"Update: I didn't realize it at the time, but I had erred in my sugar measurement. I've made this recipe several times now, and everything turned out fine."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Wonderful summer salad!"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"I've been making the strawberry version of this for years--I don't know why I didn't think of trying a different flavor (for variety). This is so refreshing---could easily be served for dessert. The only issue I had was that the pretzel crust did not hold together well--it just fell apart when I served this. I am going to compare the pretzel crust here to the recipe I already have on file, and perhaps adjust the amount of sugar and/or butter. My family really enjoyed the orange flavor theme. I'm also going to try this using peach gelatin and peaches. Very versatile! Thanks!"

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"This is so good! I always get lots of requests for this recipe when I share it at church or with friends. Those who like nuts but are allergic to them will appreciate the pretzel crust (a couple of friends thought it had pecans in it). I also use 5 teaspoons of sugar in the crust instead of 3."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"I made this using pina colada flavored jello, which is only available in the summer, and it was fantastic! Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Very tasty, love the orange gelatin/fruit layer. Was more dessert than sidedish, but very refreshing. Worth making!"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Absolutely delicious, light and refreshing! Every mouthful was a taste of heaven: a burst of citrusy flavour, a smooth, sweet taste coupled with a salty pretzel crunch!

I will DEFINITELY make this again!"

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2009

"made strawberry pretzel salad many times tried orange pretzel salad i like the orange much better thanks for recipe"

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2008

"My family really enjoyed the refreshing orange version. It has become a favorite for church suppers too."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2008

"This is a delicious alternative to the pretzel salad made with strawberries that I have always made in the past. This recipe is light and refreshing."

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