Berry season is here! We love an abundance of juicy, jewel-toned berries, but especially strawberries. The red fruit is more dessert than anything else with its sweet yet tart flavor and sweet perfume. It’s the unofficial kick off to summer with delicious produce arriving by the bushel. We pulled some of our favorite strawberry recipes to take advantage of the season from crisp salads to refreshing popsicles.
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Start the day with a Strawberry Banana Smoothie. This ingredient combo is as classic as it comes. With 4 simple ingredients, it’s an easy breakfast for hot summer days. Pro Tip: You can freeze the yogurt in ice cubes for an extra thick smoothie and pop them out when it’s time to blend. Fresh strawberries are always best but if you’re normally short on time, quarter and freeze them.
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Strawberries are so tasty on their own, there’s no reason to dress them up if you don’t want to. A Fresh Strawberry Cake is a great way to let the berry shine in a dessert that is satisfying and not over the top.
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Non-Bakers have nothing to worry about with Fresh Strawberry Crisp. A crisp is the perfect recipe if baking isn’t your thing. It’s much more forgiving than say, a cobbler, and its rustic presentation is gorgeous on the table.
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Fire up the grill for Strawberry Balsamic Chicken. This recipe is a clever twist on Bruschetta Chicken using strawberries in place of tomatoes for the topping. Balsamic and strawberry are two ingredients that will always go well together.
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Mix up your usual salsa recipe for a more fruit-forward option. Strawberry Mango Salsa is a nice twist to surprise guests or simply treat yourself. Pair this with cinnamon tortilla chips and you’ll have a sweet snack or dessert for the week!
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If you’re not much for birthday cake, treat yourself to a Fresh Strawberry Lemonade Cake instead this year. This recipe is as impressive as it is delicious. It brings the best flavors of summer together for a treat we can’t get enough of.
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Give your grilled cheese an upgrade. Cookie + Kate’s Strawberry, Basil, and Goat Cheese Panini is summer on a sandwich. Pair that panini with a salad that’s equally tasty.
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This Strawberry Arugula Salad is the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and tangy you didn’t know you needed. Enjoy with grilled chicken as a main, or bring to a BBQ as a fresh and fruity vegan side dish!
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Cool down with Basil & Strawberry Popsicle. 5 ingredients is all it takes to make this kid-friendly frozen treat. Make a big batch of these, stash ’em in the freezer, and you’ll be good to go all summer long!
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For a more “adult” frozen summer treat, these Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles are nothing short of genius.
The depth of flavor in these treats is unparalleled for a frozen dessert and honestly…where can we purchase popsicle molds because a quadruple batch is necessary ASAP.
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Baked Avocados with Strawberry Salsa are the featured lunch for summertime. This unsuspecting combo is creamy, sweet, fresh, and insanely easy to prep.
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Gear up for Taco Tuesday with Grilled Salmon Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa. Who knew strawberries and avocado were such great flavor friends?
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Wash all of these delightful recipes down with Lip Smacking Strawberry Lemonade. If you’re like me and prefer strawberry lemonade to the original, this recipe is going to be a regular all summer long. It’s a great way to use a big bushel of berries before they go bad too!
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And lastly, preserve that peak strawberry flavor by making your very own jam. It only takes three ingredients and a little patience to create a batch of jam you can enjoy with pastries for weeks, or gift to family and friends.