WW Recipe of the Day: Skinny Upside Down Strawberry Pretzel Salad
I'm really excited about today's recipe, which takes the much loved traditional layered strawberry pretzel salad dessert of my childhood and flips it upside down, while shaving two-thirds of the calories and 80% of the fat!
The irresistible combination of creamy, crunchy, salty and sweet makes this fruity no bake dessert salad a winner with everyone who tries it. In addition this satisfying dessert is best made ahead of time for the perfect potluck or party treat.
I made a half batch (6-servings) of the recipe, a manageable amount for my small family. But you can easily double this to feed a larger crowd.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Light & Healthy Layered Strawberry Salad Dessert?
According to my calculations, each serving has 105 calories and:
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
A great satisfying low SmartPoints treat, especially when compared to a serving of the traditional version of layered pretzel crusted strawberry cream cheese salad, which, according to the Betty Crocker website, weighs in with 480 calories, 66g carbs, 22g fat and 25 SmartPoints.
How to Make Skinny Upside-Down Strawberry Pretzel Salad Step-by-Step
Step 1: Gather and prep your ingredients.
Step 2: Make the strawberry gelatin layer and refrigerate.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the gelatin and ¾ cup boiling water until the gelatin is dissolved. Add ¾ cup iced water and stir well. Refrigerate until the mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes or so. Stir in the strawberries. Pour the mixture into a 1-quart oval or rectangular shaped casserole dish and place in the refrigerator to set up.
Step 3: Make the "cheesecake" layer.
Place the cottage cheese in blender or food processor and process until very smooth. Add the cream cheese and pulse until it is combined with the cottage cheese. Scrape the mixture out into a medium bowl and stir in the sweetener and lemon zest. Then gently fold in the whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate until the strawberry gelatin layer is set.
Step 4: When the gelatin layer is set, spread on the creamy cheesecake layer and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Step 5: When ready to serve, sprinkle evenly with the roughly crushed pretzels.
Layered Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert Made Lighter Recipe Notes
I made a half batch of this salad which provided 6 servings. It can easily be doubled. Here are the ingredient amounts for 12 servings:
- 2 small (4-serving size) packages sugar free strawberry jello
- 3 cups sliced strawberries
- ¾ cup low-fat cottage cheese
- ¾ cup light tub-style cream cheese
- ¼ cup granulated no calorie sweetener (I used Truvia Baking Blend )
- 1-½ cups light whipped topping, thawed
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ¾ cup roughly crushed pretzels (about 1 ounce)
What Should this Easy Healthy Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad Be Served With?
This makes a great picnic, potluck, party or holiday side dish or dessert.
Ways to Use Layered Strawberry Dessert Salad Leftovers
This will last in the refrigerator for several days. However, I find everyone likes it so much it disappears in a hurry. To prevent the pretzels from getting soggy, sprinkle them on just before serving
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Skinny Upside Down Strawberry Pretzel Salad
- 1 small (4-serving size) package sugar-free strawberry gelatin
- 1-½ cups sliced strawberries
- 6 tablespoons low fat cottage cheese
- 6 tablespoons light tub style cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons no calore sweetener (I used Truvia baking blend)
- ¾ cup light whipped topping, thawed
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 6 tablespoons roughly crushed pretzels (about ½ ounce)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the gelatin and ¾ cup boiling water until the gelatin is dissolved. Add ¾ cup iced water and stir well. Refrigerate until the mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes or so.
- Stir in the strawberries. Pour the mixture into a 1-quart oval or rectangular shaped casserole dish and place in the refrigerator to set up.
- Meanwhile make the creamy cheese layer: Place the cottage cheese in blender or food processor and process until very smooth. Add the cream cheese and pulse until it is combined with the cottage cheese. Scrape the mixture out into a medium bowl and stir in the sweetener and lemon zest. Then gently fold in the whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate.
- When the gelatin has set, spread with the "cheesecake" mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, top with crushed pretzels so they don't get soggy.
Recipe source: adapted from Eat What You Love Quick & Easy by Marlene Koch
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this WW Friendly Strawberry Pretzel Salad, you might also like:
- Cranberry Jello Mold Salad Made Lighter
- Trisha Yearwood's Creamy Grape Salad Dessert Made Lighter
- Light & Easy No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
- Lightened Up Lemon Cream Cheesecake Bars
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