Monday, April 1, 2013

Aunt Georgia's Pineapple Pretzel Salad

I hope y'all had a wonderful Easter weekend. We usually visit our family, but since we've been out of town the last two weekends, there's no way we could afford another trip. We missed the Easter egg hunt with family as well as our big Easter Dinner.
 

We made the best of it and had Easter dinner on our own. I prepared all of our favorites, Copy Cat Honey Baked Ham. , Hash Brown Casserole, Rolls, Sweet & Sour Green Beans, Pasta Salad, Sweet Potatoes and my favorite Coconut Cake.

I made way too much food, but we love having leftovers so it wasn't a big deal. I always make some type of fruit salad because a holiday just isn't a holiday without a creamy fruit salad.

This year I tried a new recipe for a Pineapple Pretzel Salad. I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Tara Cooks. I initially saw this recipe on her face book page and thought that it would pair perfectly with Ham.


This creamy salad consists of cream cheese, crushed pineapple, cool whip and candied pretzels. If you ask me the pretzels give this salad a nice sweet crunch. I had a hard time controlling myself when it came to the candied pretzels, so I warn you now they are so addicting. 

I couldn't wait to share this recipe with y'all, because it was so good and everyone loved it.  Next time you need something yummy to serve with ham, this salad is it!


Lets get started and make this yummy salad. In usual fashion the full recipe is at the end of this post. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl add the pretzel sticks, melted butter and sugar. 

Stir until pretzels are well coated. Pour the mixture onto a 9×13 shallow cookie sheet or baking pan lined with foil. Bake the pretzels about 7 -9 minutes. 

Remove from oven and stir until the pretzels are well coated. Set the pretzels aside to cool completely.  

In a large mixing bowl blend the cream cheese and powdered sugar together using an electric mixer. Add the drained crushed pineapple and mix until combined. Fold in the whipped topping. 

Just before serving mix half the candied pretzels into salad right and use the remaining candied pretzels to garnish on top.   




Aunt Georgia's Pineapple Pretzel Salad

1 ½ - cups pretzel sticks (broken into inch long pieces)
½ - cup sugar 
1 - stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
1 - 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 - cup powdered sugar
1 - 20 oz crushed pineapple, drained

1 - 8 oz whipped topping (cool whip)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl add pretzel sticks, melted butter and sugar together. Stir until pretzels are well coated. 

Pour mixture onto a 9×13 shallow cookie sheet or baking pan lined with foil. Bake the pretzels about 7 -9 minutes. 

Remove from oven and stir continually until pretzels have cooled. Set aside until salad is ready to serve.  

In a large mixing bowl blend the cream cheese and powdered sugar together using an electric mixer. Add the drained crushed pineapple and mix until combined. Fold in the whipped topping. 

Just before serving mix half the candied pretzels into salad right and use the remaining  pretzels on top for garnish.   

Recipe source: Tara Cooks


11 comments:

jezinthekitchen said... #

I have just drooled all over my desk ...

Tina Butler said... #

LOL that was the same reaction I had when I first saw the recipe.

Sandy said... #

Sounds great I am going to make this next weekend. I love pineapple. Thanks for sharing

Leslie said... #

I've never seen anything like this before..... Yummy!!! I know I would probably eat the whole bowl!
Blessings,
Leslie

Tara said... #

Thanks so much for the shout out! I will have to send my aunt a link to this recipe. She will be thrilled to know we have both featured it on our blogs. Happy SPRING Tina!

Tina Butler said... #

You're so very welcome Tara. Tell your aunt it was delicious. I'm tickled to have a new dish to pair with ham. My hubby loves pineapple, so this was perfect.

Jamie Jo said... #

Yummy! I made this this past weekend for Easter dinner...I got the recipe from a baby shower in the fall. (my aunt's recipe) My recipe used regular granulated sugar, I think I'll use powdered next time! The pretzels were crushed more in my recipe. Everyone loved it!

Marsha Baker said... #

I have never EVER heard of such a salad like this. I can hardly wait to try it. Canding pretzels? What an idea! Thanks so much for sharing...sounds like your Easter meal was fantastic.

winesnoop said... #

This sounds great! I would think you would have to eat this right away as the mixed in pretzels may get soggy?

JANE said... #

MY FAMILY AND I USED TO MAKE THE DINNERS TOGETHER BUT THEY ARE OUT THERE WITH THEIR OWN FAMILIES NOW AND MY HUSBAND IS IN HEAVEN AND I DONT COOK BIG DINNERS ANYMORE BUT I ENJOYED MAKING WATERGATE SALAD FOR OUR DINNERS... MY HUSBAND MADE A MEAN PECAN PIE.. I DONT LIKE PECAN PIE BUT HE MADE A GREAT ONE...MOM SAID IT IS THE BEST ONE SHE EVER ATE... HE BAKED IT A BIT LONGER THAN MOST PEOPLE DO... I GOT A RECIPE FROM A RESTRURANT YEARS AGO FOR LEMON JELLO SALAD .. ITS ONE I HAVE NEVER SEEN PRINTED ANYWHERE... ITS SO GOOD..

Anonymous said... #

We love the strawberry pretzel salad but I'm going to make this one for Easter! I'm always looking for new salad recipes! This one looks great! Thanks!