Beauty shot of Molly Yeh's Strawberry Rhubarb Pretzel Salad, as seen on Girl Meets Farm, season 11.
Recipe courtesy of Molly Yeh

Strawberry Rhubarb Pretzel Salad

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 hr (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 9 to 12 servings
One of my favorite parts about living in the Midwest is that if someone says they’re bringing a salad to the potluck, you never know what you’re going to get. It could be a pile of greens, it could be cold spaghetti tossed with cheese and it could be layers of crushed pretzels, sweet cream, and strawberries suspended in gelatin. This version incorporates rhubarb into the mix since it plays so well with strawberries, and wherever rhubarb goes it brings an optional (but highly encouraged) splash of rosewater for a little extra sparkle.

Ingredients

Crust:

Cream Cheese Layer:

Strawberry-Rhubarb Layer:

Directions

  1. Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat to 325 F degrees.
  2. For the crust: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, add the pretzels and sugar and process into fine crumbs. Drizzle the melted butter over top and pulse to combine. Press the mixture into a clear glass 8-by-8-inch baking dish. (Use the bottom of a dry measuring cup to pack the crumbs tightly.) Bake the crust until crisp and pulls away slightly from the sides of the pan, about 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely.
  3. For the cream cheese layer: In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and sugar. Using a hand mixer, beat until creamy. Drizzle in the cream and vanilla and continue to beat on a medium speed until light, fluffy and medium-stiff peaks form. Spread over the cooled crust and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, make the gelatin layer. Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup cool water in a medium bowl and let bloom, about 5 minutes. Combine the rhubarb, sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the rhubarb is just tender, but still completely holds its shape, 1 to 2 minutes (add a minute or so more if cooking from frozen). Remove from the heat. Add the jam and rosewater. Stir to combine and thin the jam. Stir in the food coloring, if using. Pour the mixture over the bloomed gelatin and stir to completely dissolve the gelatin. Refrigerate until soft set, about 2 hours (it should look thick and syrupy).
  5. Once the cream cheese layer is set and the gelatin is soft set, stir the strawberries into the gelatin and spoon the gelatin mixture over the cream cheese layer and smooth the top. Refrigerate until completely set, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. To serve, grab a big spoon and dig in.