This popular Southern dessert is served at all the cookouts, parties, and graduations during the summer. This three layer strawberry dessert boasts a homemade “pretzel” crust, keto cool whip center, and homemade sugar free strawberry jello on top. This keto strawberry pretzel salad dessert is clean, light, sweet, and perfect for all of your summer soirees.
What is Strawberry Pretzel Salad?
Strawberry pretzel salad is a traditional Southern dessert that is served cold, typically in the warmer months. It is a layered dessert with a crust, a filling, and a jello like top. It’s light, sweet, and refreshing on a hot summer day. It also carries well to cookouts and can serve a crowd.
Is This Strawberry Pretzel Salad Keto?
This strawberry pretzel salad recipe is keto friendly! Traditionally, pretzels, cool whip, and a box of jello are used to make this dessert. To clean up the ingredients, the crust is made grain free (no real pretzels), the filling is made with clean ingredients, and the jello is homemade and completely free of refined sugars.
Are Pretzels Included this Keto Dessert Recipe?
No, there are not any real pretzels used in this keto strawberry pretzel salad dessert. Instead, the crust is adapted from my keto turtle cheesecake crust. Pecans, almond flour, plant based sweetener, and salt are made to mimic the taste and texture of crushed pretzels. If no one told you, you’d think you were eating the real thing!
Layer 1: Pecan “Pretzel” Crust
The crust for this low carb strawberry dessert is very simple to make. Much like my other cheesecake crusts, this crust is a mixture of crushed pecans, almond flour, plant based sweetener, and a heavy pinch of salt. The salt is what really makes this crust mimic a pretzel. The crust is pre-baked for about 10 minutes and then let to cool before adding the cold ingredients on top.
Layer 2: Keto Cool Whip Filling
The filling in this sugar free dessert is very similar to my keto cool whip recipe. Heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, and plant based sweetener are used for this layer. The heavy cream and cream cheese are beat independently until light and fluffy and then folded together to make a smooth and creamy filling. As it sets in the fridge, the filling will firm up just enough to be easily sliced.
Layer 3: Homemade Sugar Free Strawberry Jello
The top layer of this dessert is homemade strawberry jello. The jello is made with frozen strawberries, water, gelatin, and allulose (a plant based sweetener). There is a whole blog post here about making homemade sugar free jello. It’s incredibly easy and eliminates preservatives, artificial dyes, and artificial flavors from this otherwise clean low carb strawberry dessert!
Can Sugar Free Jello Mix Be Used Instead?
It is not recommended to use a box mix of sugar free jello. While it may be time saving and a popular choice with other blogs, it is not the cleanest or healthiest option. Boxed sugar free jello is full of artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, artificial flavors. There is nothing natural or nutritious about it. Food can be both delicious and nutritious when we use the right ingredients! Making the jello homemade let’s you absorb the benefits of grass-fed collagen, antioxidants in fresh fruit, and vitamins! Plus, it tastes infinitely better!
Can Other Fruits Be Used?
Yes, you can use a variety of fruits for the jello layer. Read this post for more information and suggestions.
What Size Pan is Best for this Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe?
This recipe fits best in an 8×8 square baking dish or an 8×12 baking dish. A 9×13 baking dish is just a tad too big for the ingredients to layer thick enough not to fall apart. If you really need to use an 9×13 pan, it is recommended to at least make more crust.
How Long Does this Strawberry Dessert Need to Chill?
After assembling the dessert, it needs to chill in the refrigerator a minimum of 3 hours to allow the jello to set. At that point, it should be easily sliceable with a sharp knife. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and do not let it come to room temperature.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Freezing is not recommended. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 27.3gCarbohydrates: 39.2gNet Carbohydrates: 3.9gFiber: 35.3gSugar: 2.6gProtein: 4.9g
Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Freezing is not recommended.
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