Pretzel salad recipes that are simple to make include strawberry pretzel salad and apple pretzel salad, both available at MyRecipes.com. Classic pretzel salad uses pretzels to form a crust and makes 12 to 15 servings.
To make strawberry pretzel salad combine 1 cup crushed pretzels, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter, and then press the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Bake the crust for 15 minutes at 350 F and cool. In a bowl, combine 1 package low-fat softened cream cheese with 5 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, mixing until the sugar completely dissolves. Fold in 1 container thawed frozen whipped topping, and then spread the mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
Dissolve 1 package strawberry gelatin mix in 2 cups warm water and stir in 2 packages thawed frozen strawberries; partially chill and spread over cream cheese layer and cool completely.
For the apple version make the crust by combining 2 cups chopped pretzels, 3/4 cup margarine and 3 tablespoons sugar, baking in a 13-by-9-inch dish at 400 F for 10 minutes. Make the cream cheese layer from 1 package softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 carton frozen whipped topping, chilling until firm. Dissolve the lemon gelatin mix in 2-1/2 cups boiling water, stir in 1/2 cup dates, mixing with 1 cup lemon-lime soda and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Partially chill and fold in 2 cups diced red delicious apples before chilling until set.