For those that don't know what a "strawberry pretzel salad" is, it's a salty-sweet crust made using crushed pretzels, topped with a no-bake cheesecake-type filling and a final layer of strawberry gelatin and strawberries. Once again, it's a dessert, NOT a salad! It's a delicious, cool, no-bake dessert to help you usher summer out with a bang! To make these extra special, I made them in my cute little Weck Tulip Jelly Jars, but you can make this in a square cake pan as well and simply cut into squares to serve.
Check out my photos for No-Bake Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert Cups below. They have a salty-sweet nut flour crust to take the place of pretzels; it has a to-die-for sugar free vanilla bean mascarpone and cream cheese filling; and it's topped with my Strawberry Chia Jam. It is "knock your socks off" good! The recipe is listed below the phots. Enjoy!
1 8-ounce container mascarpone cheese
6 ounces cream cheese (brick style), room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (or substitute 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 cup Strawberry Chia Jam (or other preferred jam or sweetened strawberries)