Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  236
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  21 g
  • Fat  16 g
  • Cholesterol  19 mg
  • Sodium  76 mg
  • Potassium  80 mg
  • Phosphorus  41 mg
  • Calcium  7 mg
  • Fiber  0.9 g

Pretzel Salad

Get ready for a new “twist” on one of America’s favorite snack foods. Try Pretzel Salad—a delicious kidney-friendly dessert from DaVita renal dietitian Vicki.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Vicki from Virginia.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1 square (1/12 recipe)


    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1-1/4 cups Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
    • 12 ounces Cool Whip® lite frozen dessert topping, thawed  
    • 1 cup salt-free pretzels, crushed coarsely
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1/2 cup unsalted margarine, melted
    • 1 large box sugar-free strawberry gelatin mix
    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 16 ounces unsweetened frozen strawberries


    1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
    2. In a mixing bowl, stir hot water into dry gelatin until dissolved completely. Add frozen strawberries and stir until berries are separated. Chill in refrigerator while making the crust and filling.
    3. To make the crust, combine pretzels, sugar and margarine in a bowl. Press into a 9” x 13” pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Set aside in a cool area.
    4. To make filling, blend together cream cheese and Splenda® sweetener. Add Cool Whip® dessert topping. Spread over cooled pretzel crust.
    5. Pour partially set gelatin and strawberries over cream cheese mixture.
    6. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Cut into 12 equal-size portions.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 starch
  • 3 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Substitute sugar for Splenda if you want to increase calorie intake for weight gain.
    • Check label on pretzels to be sure the product does not contain potassium chloride. Some brands with this ingredient are very high in potassium.

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Pretzel Salad

Balindab says:


This is so good had it when I was younger and glad to have found it again. Made it for a BBQ everyone loved it.

Jun. 06, 2013, 8:38 AM - Inappropriate review?

Pretzel Salad

Shanise3342 says:


I've had this and its soooo good' my daughter loves it to this dont last long

Jun. 09, 2009, 4:24 PM - Inappropriate review?

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