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Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

Salty pretzels pair nicely with the sweet fruit in this refreshing layered salad. It’s a family favorite that is a slam-dunk at potlucks. —Peggy Boyd, Northport, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzels
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin
  • 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
  • Optional: Additional whipped topping and mandarin oranges


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix melted butter and 1 tablespoon sugar; stir in pretzels. Press onto bottom of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, add boiling water to gelatin; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Stir in fruit. Refrigerate until partially set, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.
  • Gently spoon gelatin mixture over top. Refrigerate, covered, until firm, 2-4 hours. To serve, cut into squares. If desired, top with additional whipped topping and oranges.
Editor's Note: For single-servings, prepare layers as directed. In each of twelve 9-oz. cups or 1/2-pint canning jars, layer about 2 Tbsp. pretzel mixture, 2 Tbsp. cream cheese mixture and 1/3 cup gelatin mixture. Refrigerate and top as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 400 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 402mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Shelley
    Apr 24, 2020

    This is very good. I have made this orange one before but I had to order orange jello because I can' t find it in stores. What stores do others find it in? I have made the strawberry version many times because my grandson is extremely allergic to nuts and this gives him an idea of what eating nuts is like. I like the idea given by Kristine in the comments below about toasting the pretzels and putting them on top. This would cut the calories down drastically by cutting out the 1 1/2 sticks of butter! I hope that works and will try it soon.

  • ikenouye3
    Apr 24, 2019

    This is the best gelatin salad I have ever made! It was a big hit at our Easter dinner. I made it just like the recipe reads except I used sugar-free jello, Neufchatel cheese, and a 15 oz. can of mandarin oranges. The three layers balanced each other out well and were all delicious, especially the pretzel layer.

  • quiltpinky1
    Jan 17, 2019

    I had made this with the strawberry version before but I love the orange!! It was a big hit at the party I took it to over the holidays! Will definitely make it again!

  • Bonnie
    Jul 7, 2018

    I've made the strawberry version with low sugar ingredients for years and like one of the other's commented, people thought that the pretzels were nuts. ONE important step was left out. To keep the jello from making the pretzels soggy, be sure to seal the edges of the cream cheese layer to the side of the dish. I'm going to try the orange version at our next gathering. Thank you.

  • jjgin
    Jul 4, 2018

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  • Kristine
    Jul 3, 2018

    I've been making the strawberry version and this one for years now, This recipe is a keeper but I did make a few tiny changes that I'm sure you will like. I use diet jello and put it on the bottom of a sprayed cake pan and let it set up. Next, I spread on the cream cheese layer using only 1/2 cup sugar and lite cool whip and last of all I sprinkle on the pretzels which I have toasted (instead of pressing the pretzels on the bottom of the pan spread out a little bit on a cookie sheet and Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Take out of oven and cool , then break the mixture up and sprinkle on top.) I do it this way because then the pretzels don't get soft so soon. When making the orange version I also use pineapple tidbits so there isn't so much juice and the jello sets up better. We also like the texture better than all that crushed pineapple. I hope you like the changes but either way the recipe is a winner.

  • Nancy5252
    Jul 2, 2018

    I have also been making the strawberry version for years. One of the girls I worked with made it with raspberry jello and the frozen mixed berries (raspberry, blueberry etc). That one is my new favorite! However, I do need to try the orange one, sounds yummy! Don't think you can wrong with any fruit version, always a hit!

  • floridapat41
    Jun 26, 2018

    Extremely good, just as the recipes calls to make it. I also love the strawberry pretzel gelatin salad so I am sure there are other other fruit and gelatin combinations that are just as good.

  • ahhschucks
    Dec 20, 2017

    Loved the strawberry pretzel "salad" recipe and this one is wonderful, too. Plan to try the variations suggested by other reviewers. I also used a large can of mandarin oranges. Yummy!

  • BeckyJCarver
    Dec 15, 2017

    I thought this was going to be sweeter than it was but it still had a great flavor. this would also be good in a graham cracker crust instead of the pretzel crust.