Summer Favorites: Orange Pineapple Pretzel Salad

This jello salad is one of our favorite summer indulgences.  It has a bright orange flavor and the perfect combination of sweet and salty that is hard to forget.

Orange Pineapple Pretzel Salad

2 cups crushed pretzels
3 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2  (3 oz.) pkgs. orange jello
2 cups boiling water
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whipped topping

1.  Combine crushed pretzels and 3 tsp. sugar in a bowl; stir in melted butter.  Press into a 13 x 9 baking dish and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

2.  While the pretzel layer is cooling, mix the jello with boiling water and stir until jello is dissolved.  Add mandarin oranges and pineapple and set aside to cool.

3.  Mix together cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar.  Fold in whipped topping and spread over the pretzel layer making sure to push the cream cheese layer to the edges so that the jello layer won't leak through.

4.  With a ladle or large spoon, carefully spoon the jello mixture onto the cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate until firm.

Recipe adapted from Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

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Jenn in Indiana said...

I always used to make that dessert but instead of orange and pineapple, it called for strawberry jello and frozen strawberries. I'm going to have to try the orange/pineapple combo.

Vanessa said...

I have heard of the strawberry version, but I've never tried it. There's just something about the orange and tangy cream cheese that go so well together. I just can't imagine having it any other way. :)

Kristen@CountryFitFamily said...

Ooh, this looks yummy. Love sweet & salty mixtures. Pinned it.

Vanessa said...

Thanks Kristen!

Unknown said...

I have never seen a recipe like this! So unique and it sounds yummy! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week!

Linda K. said...

I have always made the strawberry pretzel salad but this sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.