Sweet, juicy strawberries! It’s really summer when local berries ripen at the U-Pick fields and appear at your local farmer’s markets. Lucky for us, we can extend the season thanks to state-of-the art farming and transportation systems that produce more yummy berries for a greater part of the year. And in the dead of winter, you can usually find frozen strawberries at your local grocery.
With more time to enjoy strawberries, we need more recipes to try! There are variations on the classics (whose mom makes the best strawberry shortcake?), but maybe you want more. Lots more. From simple desserts (slice ‘em on ice cream) to berries for breakfast or mixed into cocktails, the succulent strawberry is more versatile than you think! Life is short - we’ll start with dessert!
Sweet and Seductive Strawberry Desserts
Strawberries can do it all. They can provide a sweet finish to a rambunctious family picnic or inspire a quiet romantic evening for two. Here are some fresh variations on the strawberry dessert theme.
You can't get more classic than strawberry shortcake! Everyone loves it, including folks who are sensitive to gluten. Here's a gluten free shortcake recipe that you can make for everyone - it's that good!
Hmmmmm.... Strawberry cheesecake or strawberry ice cream? Why not both? Combine the best of both worlds (including the graham cracker crust!) to make a cool, refreshing, decadent dessert. Ice cream machines, start your engines!
Silky Strawberry Smoothies
Add sweet fiber and flavor to your smoothies with strawberries. They can add a touch of sweet to a super-healthy green smoothie or take either a starring or supporting role in a fruity concoction. There are some surprises here. Let the blenders begin!
A touch of vanilla adds an exotic flavor to strawberries and orange juice. Blended with yogurt, this smoothie tastes rich and creamy and is sweetened with Splenda for those who try to avoid added sugar.
Eating more avocados and pistachios is a delicious way to get more "good" fats in our diets. This recipe is a two-fer - you get the smooth richness of avocados and the nutty crunch of pistachios. And there are strawberries. Of course, there are strawberries!
When you want to focus on the strawberries but also want to nudge the edge of the expected a bit, all while keeping it easy, look for recipes with just a few ingredients (perhaps some unpredictable ones) and simple preparation.
When it's too hot to turn on the oven, an icebox cake is the perfect dessert and so easy! Layers of graham crackers, whipped topping and strawberries chill to form this "cake". Then top it with chocolate drizzle for the win!
Strawberries and chocolate go together like, well, strawberries and chocolate! And this recipe consists of simply strawberries and melted milk chocolate. Who needs more? Feeling adventurous? Experiment with dark or white chocolate - just because you can.
Strawberries: Breakfast of Champions
Start the day with strawberries. Sure, you can slice them onto your cornflakes, but you can do so much more!
For a special brunch, these light and fluffy pancakes are worthy of the occasion. You'll start this memorable dish on the stovetop, then finish under the broiler. You'll be glad you summoned your kitchen moxie!
Mix this up the night before and you'll have a healthy breakfast that you can enjoy warmed up or straight out of the frig. Sweetened with honey, maple syrup or blackstrap molasses, the combination of strawberries, oats, Greek yogurt and protein powder will give your day a hearty beginning.
What a fun version of pancakes to put out for a brunch buffet! Or set the components out for the kids to build their own breakfast. (Do this for the morning after a sleepover, and you'll be the coolest parents ever!) The teeny tiny pancakes are super cute, and you can serve them with or without syrup.
Strawberry Salad Days
Included in a salad, strawberries add a sweetly pleasant surprise. Try strawberries with some greens on the side or in a main dish salad with chicken or other protein.
This spinach salad will become one of your favorites! The sweet strawberries and homemade vinaigrette are a lovely counterpoint to the spinach, gorgonzola, blue cheese and bacon found in a more typical spinach salad.
Strawberries, pears and avocados make this a memorable chicken salad. Marinate chicken breasts in raspberry vinaigrette before cooking to infuse it with flavor. For a sandwich filling, serve the salad greens on the side.
The strawberries in this popular restaurant chicken salad are joined by blueberries, Mandarin oranges and pineapple for a blast of flavor and color. The homemade poppy seed dressing is made with orange juice.
If you prefer a creamier salad dressing, you'll love this salad! The dressing works up fast in the blender, and the salad itself has just four ingredients (including the strawberries). A Quick summer supper!
Celebration Strawberry Sips
With all these delicious strawberry meal options, we can’t neglect the important beverage category. Summer on the patio is even sweeter with a strawberry-based drinkable!