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Vintage Pineapple Pretzel Salad

Sweet, buttery pretzel crumbles are the heart of this Vintage Pineapple Pretzel Salad.  Combined with a fail-proof combination of Cool Whip, crushed pineapple and cream cheese, you'll be serving this up at all your family gatherings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple pretzel fluff, pineapple pretzel salad, pineapple pretzel salad in a bowl, pretzel salad, vintage pineapple pretzel salad
Servings: 16
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Combine softened butter, 1/3 cup sugar and crushed pretzels.
  • Spread into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish; bake for 10 minutes or until bubbly. Set aside to cool. Crumble pretzel mixture.
  • Blend softened cream cheese, drained crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Just before serving, stir in crumbled pretzel mixture.


  • Be sure to soften your cream cheese to prevent lumps in this pretzel salad in a bowl.
  • Place the foil wrapped cream cheese (cardboard box removed) in a small saucepan of water. Cover, and heat the pan over the lowest heat setting for a few minutes just until the cream cheese warms and softens. This is a great tip to have perfectly softened cream cheese.
  • Substitute margarine for butter if desired.
  • Either 2-8 ounce cartons or 1-12 ounce carton of Cool Whip can be used. It won't change the consistency of this pineapple pretzel salad recipe too much.
  • For a more diet friendly pineapple pretzel fluff, use Fat Free Cool Whip and Fat Free Cream Cheese.
  • To ensure a crunchy salad, add the crumbled pretzel mixture right before serving. 
  • Try a few more of our favorite old fashioned salads including Ambrosia, Cherry Fluff, and Watergate Salad. 


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg