In this post, you’ll find the recipe for this delightful dish. Make it for Easter, Christmas, or just because you want some.

Pineapple pretzel salad in a  white serving bowl with a gray cloth napkin folded and topped with a silver fork on a wooden pallet board..

Do you ever need a little extra something or other to round off that perfect meal?  If so, I’ve got a great side dish for you. Pineapple Pretzel Salad is called a salad, but the truth is – it’s sweet enough to be considered a dessert.  I’ve been asked for this recipe many times by adults and children.  Whenever I made this when my kids were little and had friends over, their friends would often ask if I would please give their mom the recipe. 

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

Although I make this year-round, it’s a delightful dish for special occasions.  Easter is right around the corner, and this is a great dish to serve – especially if ham is on the menu. But the truth is, it goes well with just about anything.  Make a double batch if your gang tends to get hungry for seconds.

Two pretty white bowls filled with pineapple pretzel salad with a cloth gray napkin and a silver fork.

This homemade pretzel salad recipe has an unlikely combination of crunchy, salty, sweetness that creates a unique side dish. The candied pretzels have a salty flavor and crunchy texture while the cream cheese, whipped topping, and pineapple give a sweet taste and creamy texture. It’s crunchylicious!

You can prepare this ahead of time. Mix the cream cheese, pineapple and whipped topping together and stick it in the fridge.  Let the candied pretzels cool completely, crumble and store in an airtight container until ready to be mixed.  About 30 minutes before serving, stir the pretzels into the cream cheese and pineapple mixture.

Pineapple pretzel salad in a pretty white bowl with a gray cloth napkin and silver fork on a wooden pallet board.

Pineapple Pretzel Salad is a great choice for any occasion – big or small. What about you? Do you have a side dish that’s a favorite for everyone? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

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Pineapple pretzel salad in a pretty white bowl with a gray cloth napkin and silver fork on a wooden pallet board.

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

Serving Up Southern
5 from 1 vote


  • 2 cups pretzels pieces (I break regular pretzels up into pieces.)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Combine the pretzels, melted butter and the sugar and pour onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake about 7-10 minutes, or until bubbly and sugar mixture has started to turn a caramel color.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Cream the cream cheese, then add drained pineapple and cream together. Fold in the Cool Whip and refrigerate.
  • About 30 minutes before serving; crumble the cooled pretzel pieces into the cream cheese mixture and stir in.

Disclaimer: Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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Pineapple pretzel salad in a pretty white bowl with a gray cloth napkin and silver fork on a wooden pallet board.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this dish for Easter. It was a big hit! Love that crunchy pretzel mixture.

    1. So glad everyone liked it, Joyce! It was part of our Easter meal too.

  2. Kim, this looks so yummy! I love how your recipe mixes the pineapple with the cream cheese and cool whip together. I have only made pretzel salad by layering the pretzels, fruit/jello and cream cheese/cool whip. But your idea seems much easier and I like the sound of that! And pineapple… still my heart, I love pineapple!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Cindy! Yep, this one is a little different for sure. It is super easy to make, and I love that I can make it ahead of time. Thanks for stopping by!

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