~ These 14 easy, fresh strawberry recipes are perfect for celebrating summer’s long-awaited strawberry season. But we also enjoy these recipes all year long – we’ve fully tested them with grocery store berries, too, and they’re still absolutely delicious, any time! ~
There’s just nothing quite like a perfectly ripe, juicy, fresh strawberry, plucked straight out of the warm summer sunshine. They’re the gorgeous gems of the farmers’ market, gently piled in pint baskets in all their sweet, shiny-red, delicious splendor.
It’s hard to get enough of ’em, or to find enough inventive ways to work them into every meal I possibly can!
So, today, as we head into the sun-drenched days of summer strawberry season, I wanted to share some of our favorite fresh strawberry recipes with you.
Most of them have just a few ingredients – super quick and easy ideas that are absolutely terrific for lazy summer days when you want great flavor without much work.
Some of these recipes prominently feature strawberries as a key ingredient. And some – like those two luscious fruit dips – aren’t exactly strawberry recipes per se … they’re simply fabulous ideas for how to enjoy your strawberries (and other gorgeous summer berries, too)!
Oh, and for those of you who like to keep the berry-packed fun rolling all year ’round … we’ve gotcha covered. Sure, there really is nothing in the grocery store that can match a just-picked, fresh strawberry straight from your backyard patch or your favorite local farmer.
But, we’ve tried all these recipes (multiple, multiple times) with plain ol’ grocery store berries, too. And they’re still really, really good!
Now, anytime you’ve got fresh strawberries in your kitchen, you’ve got some delicious new ways to enjoy them!
Loaded with rich chocolate flavor and juicy fresh strawberries – these are sooooo decadent! But they're also full of whole grains and much lower in fat than typical muffins. Great for snacking or for make-ahead, on-the-go breakfasts!
So ... wanna get twice the bang for your buck? (Of course ya do!) Take those scrumptious muffins above … add a little ice cream … and you’ve got a delightful, quick dessert! Muffin ice cream sandwiches! Aren't you clever?!? Just make one batch of muffins, and you’ve got two recipes in one!
Cool and refreshing, with BIG strawberry flavor – this smoothie is a classic for good reason! And, with ingredients you’ve probably got on hand, it’s ready in moments. It's nutritious enough for a quick breakfast recipe, or for a nourishing afternoon treat on a hot day!
A fun kids’ lunch idea! Quick peanut butter and jelly roll-ups are skewered together with gorgeous fresh fruit. Some strawberries are naturally heart-shaped, but you can also easily cut strawberries into darling hearts as you core them. A creative lunch recipe they’ll love (with allergy-friendly, nut-free suggestions, too)!
This crazy-delicious breakfast casserole is a total family favorite! Easy to throw together at the last minute, or even the night before. The strawberry jelly inside is highlighted by loads of fresh strawberries and our fantastic Strawberries and Cream Topping (see recipe below). It's the perfect make-ahead breakfast casserole for holiday brunches and lazy family weekends!
Just 4 ingredients – and you can even whip this up ahead of time and keep it stashed in the fridge. Mmmmmm ... so creamy and full of strawberry flavor! It's a yummy, but much healthier, way to dress up pancakes, waffles and French toast!
Use those beautiful strawberries to create this fun (but easy) flag! Plus, we've got 4 other patriotic fruit salad ideas for you, too. Must-haves at all your summer celebrations, from Memorial Day and the 4th of July, right on through to Labor Day. Even Flag Day!
Fresh strawberries team up with bananas, pineapple and chocolate in this creative reimagining of beloved banana splits ... and nachos! A headliner way to finish off any grilled meal, this will truly wow 'em at your next cookout (and disappear in a flash)!
Strawberries are a gorgeous component of our fruit bouquets and easy fruit kabobs! We've got plenty of ideas for you to customize these stunning creations. Dress up fruit trays, or even serve them as extra-special summer snacks. And for all those patriotic summer holidays, be sure to check out our tips for making Red, White and Blue Fruit Kabobs (to serve as either an appetizer or a dessert)!
So, this recipe doesn't technically have strawberries in it – but it'sdefinitely a recipe you'll want to serve alongside that beautiful pile of berries! Serve it warm (like a fondue) for a luxurious end to a romantic dinner. Or serve it at room temperature for a quick snack or picnic treat. Seriously good ANY time!
And here's another simple idea for serving those fresh strawberries (and other fruit, too)! This quick little recipe calls for just 4 ingredients you probably already have on hand. It's so yummy, but a much healthier alternative to most other fruit dips!
Our popular Chia Pudding is a (healthier!) copycat version of the A.M. Superfoods Bowl served up at First Watch restaurants nationwide. It's a power breakfast that’ll keep you full for hours. Top it with plenty of fresh strawberries, and maybe some blueberries and sliced bananas, too. Fantastic!
Happy strawberry season, friends! I hope these recipes really do inspire you with scrumptious new ways to celebrate!