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Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans and Pretzels

Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of the year. I always look forward to the sweet taste of locally grown strawberries. There are so many ways we can use these strawberries in recipes – pies, jam, muffins, and so much more! One of my favorites is this strawberry salad with candied pecans and pretzels. The pretzels add a perfect balance of salty with the rest of the sweet salad, and the pecans and pretzels add a wonderful crunch to the creamy salad. Enjoy!

Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans and Pretzels

The pretzels add a perfect balance of salty with the rest of the sweet salad, and the pecans and pretzels add a wonderful crunch to the creamy salad.

The pretzels add a perfect balance of salty with the rest of the sweet salad, and the pecans and pretzels add a wonderful crunch to the creamy salad.
Kimberly Baker, ©2020 Clemson Extension

3 cups strawberries
1 cup pretzels, coarsely crushed
½ cup pecans, chopped
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup butter, melted
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
8 ounces whipped topping

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Wash strawberries in cool running water. Trim off tops. Cut each strawberry in half and then thinly slice. Set aside.
  3. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Combine pretzels, pecans, melted butter, and brown sugar. Spread on prepared pan. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  4. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together until fluffy. Gently fold in whipped topping and strawberries.
  5. Crumble the cooled pretzel and pecan mixture, and fold into salad immediately before serving.

Yield: approximately 12 servings

Note: Keep salad refrigerated. If the entire salad will not be eaten at the time of service, the candied pretzels and pecans can be served on the side as a topping to the salad. If they are mixed in and refrigerated for more than a few hours, they will begin to become soggy.

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