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Pineapple Pretzel Salad

If you are looking for something different to add to your holiday table, I’ve got a great little side dish for you today. It’s in the form of a fruit salad, but with cream cheese, vanilla pudding, and butter it’s more like a dessert!

Several years ago, I was at a church pot luck dinner gathering, and found myself spooning a white fluffy mixture onto my plate, unsure of it’s contents. When my tongue met the spoon, I fell in love, but I wasn’t quite sure what was inside! It was a unique mixture of crunchy, salty, sweet. After asking around, I found the person responsible for this creation, and got the recipe immediately for the Pineapple Pretzel Salad. Though I could pick out the pretzel, I could not identify the pineapple at first. Then I heard cream cheese, and vanilla pudding…I’m not using the term “salad” as being healthy for you–per se–but just that it’s a mixture of ingredients tossed together.

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

Great for big group gatherings, holidays, and 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 cheese together.  Fold in pineapple, pudding, and cool whip.  Just before serving, mix in pretzel mixture.

Pretzel Fruit Salad

Real butter. Real Cream cheese. YUM!

Are you familiar with the REAL Seal?

Real Seal

I’m sure most of you (Americans) have seen it before, but unsure 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 try, I really do. 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!  I also love a slice of cheese, and I’ll chop off some to snack on at home for some good 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.

Kristen Duke

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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?


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