W.When strawberries come into season, it is a fully fledged event. If you live in a part of the country where the sweet but tart fruits are grown, you may even be lucky enough to venture out on a spot and pick them yourself. Whether at the farmer’s market or in the grocery store – the ruby red strawberry inspires endless recipes for cakes, salads, jams and more.
Strawberries are a great snack (especially on a cloud of vegan whipped cream), but there is certainly no shortage of ways to cook with them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Classic recipes like shortcake put the strawberry front in the spotlight, but have you ever thought of serving a chicken breast with a side of fruit?
The best strawberry recipes full of summer flavor
1. Strawberry shortcake
What would a roundup of strawberry recipes be without a shortcake? The one shown in the video above is gluten-free, lactose-free, grain-free, and refined-sugar-free. The shortcake itself consists of a mixture of almond flour and coconut flour, while the topping mixes the delicious strawberries with coconut milk, coconut sugar, lemon and mint.
2. Perfect strawberry and quinoa
This parfait is really just a clever way to have a dessert for breakfast. It’s just as cute, but nutrient-rich enough to keep your morning energized. It’s full of high fiber ingredients like quinoa, pistachios, raisins, and of course, strawberries. The quinoa and nuts also provide good protein. Pretty sweet way to start the day, isn’t it?
3. Strawberry and banana smoothie
Photo: All healthy things
Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to use your strawberries, and they also help in sweetening a blender full of greens. In this recipe from registered nutritionist and All The Healthy Things blogger Ashlea Carver Adams, RD, the berry is paired with banana, almond milk, honey, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt is key to giving the smoothie a creamy consistency and providing enough protein for it to have a decent breakfast.
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4. Strawberry pallets
Photo: Dora’s table
This recipe for strawberry pallets by Dora’s table artist Dora Stone is a hit with both children and adults. While the recipe calls for sugar, you don’t need much; The strawberries themselves are sweet enough. Adding fresh lemon juice to the mixture adds a layer of tartness that goes perfectly with the berries.
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5. Spinach salad with strawberries, avocado and poppy seed dressing
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Strawberries are a nice addition to many different salad recipes, especially when it comes to spinach. What defines this recipe from Ali Martin, the inventor of Gimme Some Oven, is the creamy poppy seed dressing. Made from a mixture of avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and poppy seeds, it’s so good that you dip your berries right in it while you prepare the rest of the dish.
Get the Recipe: Spinach salad with strawberries, avocado and poppy dressing
6. Strawberry and basil chicken
Another hearty strawberry recipe comes from Amy Rains, creator of Wholesomelicious. Fresh strawberries and a handful of basil make this chicken breast one of a kind that you have ever tasted. A little balsamic vinegar and garlic will go a long way too. The whole thing only takes 20 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Strawberry Basil Chicken
7. Fruit oatmeal bars
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Make a batch of these strawberry and oatmeal bars and you’ll have a high-fiber snack on hand for the rest of the week. The recipe was created by Erin Clark, a Well Plated creator, and features a delicious vanilla icing.
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8. Five minutes of frozen yogurt
Photo: Just a foretaste
While many strawberry ice cream and yogurt recipes are laden with sugar, Kelly Senyei, creator of Just a Taste, has perfected a recipe with honey and lemon juice for the sweetness. The only other ingredient you will need is yogurt. Mix everything together and it’s ready to eat.
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9. Two-ingredient jam
Photo: Melissa K. Noris
Enjoy the taste of summer long after Labor Day by making strawberry jam. Melissa Noris makes hers with just two ingredients: strawberries and lemon juice. Follow their directions and you have a low-sugar jam to spread on top of English muffins or toast.
Get the Recipe: Two ingredient jam
10. Gluten-free strawberry cake bars
Photo: Food Faith Fitness
In this recipe from Taylor Kiser, the inventor and nutrition trainer of Food Faith Fitness, the strawberries are transformed into a light and airy “whipped” filling that serves as the center for cake bars.
Get the Recipe: Gluten-free strawberry cake bars
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