Who doesn’t love strawberries? Here are the best strawberry recipes for enjoying those sweet ripe berries, from strawberry salad dressing to pie!
Who doesn’t love strawberries, right? These ruby red burst of sweet flavor are everyone’s favorite berry. There are all sorts of great sweet recipes, from strawberry shortcake to strawberry pie. But these versatile berries work with savory ingredients as too! Try our refreshing strawberry salad with double the strawberries: they’re both sliced and blended into a strawberry salad dressing. And of course try them in smoothies and margaritas… We’re getting hungry just talking about it, so let’s get to the list!
First up in our best strawberry recipes: strawberry rhubarb crisp! It’s all about carefree summer days, and has just a tinge of healthy. Most of all, it tastes really, really good. The crisp topping is oats and oat flour. And there’s no refined sugar: it’s all maple syrup! Some strawberry rhubarb crisp recipes call for boat-loads of sugar: for this one, we’ve used just enough. It results in a sweet tart crisp that’s seriously nostalgic.
Another at the top of our strawberry recipes? This strawberry spinach salad! Oh yes. It starts with a tangy and lightly sweet strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing (yum!). Then we’ve got spinach, strawberries, and thin sliced red onion. Top it off with chopped pecans and a bit of salty feta, and you’ve got one extremely delicious side salad. We like it with pizza, with salmon, with pasta: ok it goes with just about everything!
Here's the most perfect strawberry smoothie! It's light and creamy, with just the right icy and airy texture. Often smoothies are too bitter or overly sweet, but this one's just right. It's lightly sweet, with just the right berry essence. Make it, memorize it, and make a perfect healthy smoothie on repeat!
Next up in our strawberry recipes: you know the yogurt pie wtih graham cracker crust, Cool-whip, and artificially-flavored strawberry yogurt? This one's an all natural version with real organic yogurt and real strawberries. Made with strawberries, yogurt and maple syrup, it’s got a tangy, pure strawberry flavor. And the oatmeal cookie crust is cinnamon-scented and lightly salted!
This simple strawberry tart is one of those perfectly classic strawberry recipes! It’s got a crunchy rye pie crust that’s very simple to put together and has a unique, toasty flavor. On top of that crispy crunchy pie crust are delightfully sweet seasonal strawberries, sweetened mascarpone, and a thin layer of strawberry jam. This strawberry tart is all summer and perfect for any festive occasion.
Did you know you can make strawberry jam in just 15 minutes? And it's not just any old jam. It's the most delicious strawberry jam you've ever tasted. You'll want to spread this sweet-tart glistening red jelly on just about everything: toast, bagels, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes. Or just eat it off a spoon: we won't judge! The magic? It uses chia seeds that naturally make the gel like texture, and maple syrup to sweeten it just enough.
Love margaritas and want another spin? Try this tasty and refreshing variation: a Strawberry Margarita! This one is icy and fruity, full of berry flavor but perfectly complimented with tangy lime and the bite of tequila. The marg pairs perfectly with fruit, and you'll fall in love with this one's vibrant color and sweet tart flavor.
Another of our best strawberry recipes: this strawberry cornbread cake! It’s terrifically tasty as either a breakfast or brunch recipe. Or, top it with whipped cream as a dessert! Sweetened with maple and naturally gluten-free, it’s moist and hearty. The cake is made of cornmeal, oat flour and almond meal, with fresh orange juice to give it a zing.
Of course we couldn’t get away with a list of strawberry recipes without the strawberry shortcake! And this one’s got the “it” factor. It’s that just-sweet-enough, spongy cake with sweet summer berries you’d imagine relishing on a porch swing in the heat of the day, or savoring on a lazy summer night. It’s something for summer birthdays, July 4, picnics, and cookouts. The shortcakes have a bit of Greek yogurt to make them moist, and turbinado sugar as a crunchy sweet topping. And the ripe berries have a tinge of balsamic vinegar to make them pop.
Ever had balsamic strawberries? It might sound like an odd combination, but it’s absolutely incredible. The tangy vinegar brings out just the right note in the strawberries! Serving balsamic strawberries over Greek yogurt has become our favorite summertime treat. And we’ve added in a little fresh mint for some flair. This one is one of the first strawberry recipes that Alex and I cooked together, so it holds a nostalgic place in our hearts.
Here’s a super strawberry recipe to enjoy summer with those people you love: these easy and healthy strawberry popsicles! It features one of our favorite ingredients – Greek yogurt, which adds the creaminess of the popsicles. We’ve been using Greek yogurt in everything lately, from strawberry shortcake to ranch dip. These strawberry popsicles are refreshing and delicious, and naturally sweetened using maple syrup or honey. For some added flair, we added some basil from our garden for a little pop.
This roasted strawberries recipe take that delicious berry and makes it even sweeter and juicier! Here we’ve served them up in a breakfast parfait with yogurt and pecan granola. Turns out that roasted strawberries, baked in the oven for 20 minutes and then swirled with honey or maple syrup, are an incredible taste treat! They’d be absolutely perfect with fresh, ripe local berries.
These strawberry rhubarb muffins are oh so delicious and perfectly springy, balancing tangy rhubarb with the sweet berries. The batter uses a unique combination of oat bran, wheat bran, and whole wheat flour for the muffin batter. The muffin is naturally sweet using honey, though you could use maple syrup as well. It also has a bit of fresh ginger to add an aromatic flair, and mashed banana and yogurt to keep them moist!
A list of strawberry recipes has got to have at least TWO variations of shortcake, right? These chocolate strawberry shortcakes are a riff on our favorite “vanilla” flavored shortcake, featuring turbinado sugar, which makes them sweet and crunchy, and Greek yogurt, which keeps them moist. These shortcakes are lightly sweet: expect more a tangy, chocolate scented bite than a rich sugary one. If you’re a choco-holic, feel free to add a drizzle of chocolate syrup or some chocolate chips.
And finally to round out our strawberry recipes: frose! Frozen rosé, that is! Frosé is a mashup between a frozen cocktail and that quintessential summer wine. Now, most frosé recipes are sickly sweet. And some people complain that freezing rose removes the character of the wine. So Alex and I created a frosé recipe that was not too sweet AND tastes like rosé! And we did it featuring strawberries to get that beautiful pink color and a little natural sweetness.
Buy ripe, in season strawberries!
If you live in the US, you can buy strawberries at the grocery store any time of the year. But out of season, most grocery store strawberries are devoid of flavor: tart and mealy! Now, we’re not here to shame you for buying out of season berries. Just know that when strawberries are in season, they are exponentially tastier than buying out of season berries flown across the country!
In season, ripe strawberries, are intensely sweet. You might be able to find local berries from a farmers market. My first time biting into a local strawberry here in Indiana was transcendental. It was a bite of the purest pure strawberry flavor I had ever tasted. THIS is what a strawberry is supposed to taste like, I realized! These strawberry recipes taste great with any strawberries. But if you use sweet, ripe local strawberries, they will taste extraordinary.
Add-in ideas: 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest or 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger root in the filling adds complexity; 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom in the crumble would also be nice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make the filling: Chop the rhubarb into small pieces (about 1/2 inch wide). Slice the strawberries, cutting any large strawberry slices in half. In a medium bowl, mix the strawberries and rhubarb with 6 tablespoons maple syrup, the cornstarch and the vanilla.
Make the topping: If necessary, process your oats into oat flour in a food processor or high speed blender (should take only a minute or so!). In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, oat flour, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Stir in the remaining 6 tablespoons of maple syrup.
Pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan (or 9 x 9 inch pan). Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly lightly browned and the filling is bubbly. Cool for a few minutes, then serve warm. You can leave out your strawberry rhubarb crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers.
*Sugar will get you a crispier crisp topping; maple syrup will make it cakier and softer. The crispiest crisp topping is achieved using sugar, butter, and almond flour.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.