My Grandma has been serving strawberry jello pretzel salad at Christmas dinner ever since I was a little girl and it’s one of the most requested dishes each year.
The traditional recipe is made with cool whip, loads of white sugar and of course, a packet of jello. Last year while having a plate-full at my Grandma’s house, I decided I was going to figure out a way to re-vamp the recipe to use all organic ingredients. The jello was the most difficult for me. I laughed at myself as I made 8 or so batches one afternoon until I got just the right consistency. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve always had a problem cooking with gelatin. The end result was worth all of the trouble though. The salad has a sweet-salty crust, a smooth sweetened layer of cream cheese and homemade jello with strawberries to top it all off. It’s a plate of gooey yumminess. Who could resist?