Pineapple Pretzel Salad

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If you are looking for something different to add to your holiday table, I’ve got a great little side dish for you to try, Pineapple Pretzel Salad.  It is part fruit salad, but with cream cheese, vanilla pudding, and butter it’s more like a delicious dessert!

Several years ago, I was at a church pot luck dinner, and I found myself spooning a white fluffy mixture onto my plate.  I was unsure of its contents, but once my tongue met the spoon, I fell in love.  It was delicious, but I still wasn’t quite sure what was inside! The salad was a unique mixture of crunchy, salty, and sweet. After asking around, I found the person responsible for this creation and got the recipe immediately. And now I am sharing the recipe for  Pineapple Pretzel Salad with you.   Though I could easily pick out the pretzel, I could not identify the pineapple at first.  Obviously with ingredients like cream cheese and vanilla pudding, this isn’t a healthy ‘salad’, but the mixture of ingredients tossed together does make one delicious dish.

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

This pineapple pretzel salad recipe is great for big group gatherings, holiday pot luck, or family dinner. I just sprinkle the pretzels into the dish as I eat, otherwise you might get some soggy pretzels, and that’s just no good.

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

  • 3 cups crushed pretzels
  • 4 T (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Mix and press into bottom of a casserole dish or foil lined coolie sheet with edges.  Bake at 450 deg. for 5 min.  Cool, then break into small pieces.

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 oz. cool whip
  •  1.34 ounce vanilla pudding packet
  • 20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups cold milk

Cream sugar and cream cheese together.  Make pudding with milk and pudding powder. Fold in pineapple, pudding, and cool whip.  Just before serving, mix in pretzel mixture.

Pretzel Fruit Salad

Real Butter and Real Cream cheese. YUM!

Are you familiar with the REAL Seal?

Real Butter

I’m sure most of you have seen the label before, but you might be unsure of what it means. Well, I’m going to tell you!

The REAL Seal was created by America’s Dairy Farmers over 30 years ago to differentiate their produce from imitations. The Seal is the only assurance you are buying the wholesome goodness of U.S. produced cow’s milk.

Speaking of Dairy–do you get enough dairy in your diet??? Here are a few fun facts about dairy + nutrition:

  • Dairy is an excellent source of calcium, which builds bones and strengthens teeth
  • Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Protein builds and repairs tissue.
  • Vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin”
  • Vitamin A helps with vision and strengthens immune system

Do you get enough dairy?  I LOVE dairy, and if I could eat this pretzel salad regularly, I’d be good with all the cream cheese and butter in it!  When I feel like I haven’t gotten enough dairy in my diet, I turn to a nice slice of cheese.  it is delicious and a good source of protein!

I would really like to include milk at dinner each night, but I’d just have to buy a gallon nearly every day. Do you do that? Milk at dinner?

Tell me  your tips for getting a good daily supply of dairy in your diet!

I’m sharing this post today, sponsored by REAL Seal, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Yummy!! Thanks for the great recipe!! I’m not a milk drinker, but I know it is important especially for women. My family are big milk drinkers which is great!

  2. How interesting that you posted this recipe! Just yesterday while writing out my weekly grocery list, I made sure I had all the ingredients for this salad! I seldom make sweet salads, but was so hungry for it again and thought with the holiday this week I could splurge:) I am not a big milk fan…but I try to remember to take all my vitamins, calcium included! Happy Thanksgiving…we have so much to be thankful for, don’t we?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      That IS so funny! I’ve been meaning to make it for a long time, and finally did!! Yes, so much to be thankful for, indeed. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I grew up with milk at every meal. I gradually went down to having it at 1 meal a day after finishing college. I eat alot of cheese for the calcium & protein since I don’t drink it as much. My sisters still have it with every meal with their families. One of them has a dairy farm which is a good thing. Her family can go thru almost a gallon a meal since that’s all they drink at every meal. She had 3 growing boys, now adults, making for at least 5 adult milk drinkers every meal now! That fresh milk is even healthier than the ultra pasteurized stuff the rest of us get in the grocery store, pretty tasty too.

  4. What do you do with the milk?

  5. Is this instant or regular pudding? When do you add the 2 cups of milk? Instructions are incomplete.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m so sorry I didn’t see this sooner! It’s instant pudding, and the milk is to make the pudding before folding it into the rest of the mixture. I just edited the recipe.

  6. My favorite! One of my girlfriends makes this. We all love it so much we call it “crack”.

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