No Bake Summer Berry Pretzel Salad is quick and easy dessert recipe for delicious summer treat. Red, white and blue dessert is definitely fun and festive idea for 4th of July party. It’s perfect for summer BBQ, potlucks or a party, to feed the crowd.
In short, this is layered no bake dessert with pretzel crust, cream cheese filling and lemon-lime flavored jello topping loaded with fresh berries.
The top layer of this No Bake Summer Berry Pretzel Salad is very refreshing, therefore it’s perfect for summer. I wanted to make clear, colorless jello that would allow the berries to show off their vibrant colors. So for a liquid part I chose the Sprite, since it’s clear, soft drink with refreshing lemon-lime flavor. You can substitute it with 7 Up, or any of your favorite lemon, colorless soft drink. Jello will look good but taste good as well. Lemon-lime jello pair perfectly with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, too.
Since it’s summer I was looking for refreshing no bake summer dessert to make. While strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are in season I wanted to make mixed berries treat.
While I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest, I stumbled upon this Sparkling Red, White and Blue Sangria from Gimme Some Oven. I was impressed with Ali’s gorgeous photos, as always. That Sangria looks so pretty, fun and festive so I wanted to transform it into dessert. And that’s how this patriotic No Bake Summer Berry Pretzel Salad was born.
Instead of sangria, I made clear, lemon-lime flavored gelatin as a bond for delicious fresh, juicy berries.
The base for this dessert is crispy and salty, no bake pretzel crust and sweet, tangy and smooth cream cheese filling. And the star of this no bake summer dessert is jello topping overloaded with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
At the end I threw just a few stars (cut off from apple slices) on top. It makes this No Bake Summer Berry Pretzel Salad looking so fun and festive, perfect for 4th of July party.
Easy No Bake Summer Dessert Recipes:
No Bake Summer Berry Pretzel Salad is quick and easy dessert recipe for delicious summer treat.
For the crust:
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 8 oz. (220g) salted pretzels-crushed (about 2 cups of crushed pretzels)
Cream cheese layer:
- 8 oz. cream cheese-softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz. Cool Whip thawed in the fridge ( or 3 cups whipped topping )
For gelatin layer:
- 0.75 oz. (21 g.) unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup cold water
- 2 cups lemon-lime flavored clear, soft drink (I used Sprite)
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- For the stars you’ll need 1 apple and fresh lemon juice to brush the apple slices
Fruit ratio can be changed and adjust to your own taste. Just use enough fruit to cover the cream cheese filling with thick layer of fruit, almost to the top of dish.