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!

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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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