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Mandarin Orange Pretzel Salad Recipe

Mandarin Orange Pretzel Salad makes an appearance at most family parties. It could easily double as a dessert, but we consider it a Jello side dish.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time1 hr 37 mins
Course: Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit salad, mandarin orange, mandarin orange pretzel salad, pretzel salad
Servings: 20
Calories: 175kcal


  • 2 cups pretzels sticks (broken into fourths)
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces  Cool-Whip (non-dairy whipped topping)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (6 ounce) box orange jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges (drained)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • For the first layer, combine broken pretzels, melted butter and sugar. Stir together until well blended. Press in  9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.  Cool completely.
  • For the second layer, beat sugar and cream cheese together until smooth.  Fold in Cool Whip. 
  • Spread cream mixture over pretzel layer (be sure to seal the cream cheese layer against the sides of the pan so that the jello mixture will not be able to leak through when added).
  • For the Jell-o layer, mix orange Jell-o and boiling water together until Jello is completely dissolved.  Add mandarin oranges and let cool until slightly set. 
  • Pour Jell-o over cream cheese layer and refrigerate until firm.
  • Cut into squares and serve.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg