Have you ever wondered what to do with all the strawberries you picked from the farm or bought on sale at the store? Whether you’re chilling low-key this summer or grilling and hosting, this list of easy recipes using strawberries has you covered with a variety of meal, appetizer, and snack ideas. Trust me, they will be eaten.
A summer favorite loaded with nutrients, strawberries can be used in savory or sweet meals. I’ve rounded up my top 6 easy recipes using strawberries here.
First, a quick review of the health benefits of strawberries.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES
Strawberries are highly nutritious. About 4-5 large strawberries or 100 grams meets the recommended intake for vitamin C—an antioxidant.
Strawberries are also a good source of potassium and magnesium which support heart health, and folate which is essential for healthy cell growth and function.
Eating strawberries has been shown to offer several health benefits and may reduce chronic disease risk. This is due to the array of nutrients and antioxidants that fight inflammation (1)
- Reduce risk for heart disease and improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels (2)
- Slow down sugar digestion which may help with diabetes management (3)
- Protective effects against cancer (4)
- Ease arthritis symptoms (5)
- Promote wound healing (6)
Along with other berries, strawberries are often touted as superfoods by health experts. These easy recipes will ensure you don’t tire of eating strawberries so you can reap their health benefits.
If your strawberries aren’t on the sweet side, these recipes using strawberries will do the trick. The other ingredients will mask this problem.
1. STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE
Smoothies are super convenient when you’re on the go. Or if you’re just craving a cool and refreshing beverage on the healthy side.
If you have strawberries that are about to turn, don’t toss them. Freeze them to have on hand for smoothies.
Ingredients (makes about two 10-ounce servings):
- 1 banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1½ cup of milk of choice
- Optional: a dash or two of ginger—I like to add this for a little zing
- Optional boosters:
- Add all the ingredients to the blender. Pay attention to the max level for liquids for your specific blender and adjust the milk content as needed.
- Blend until smooth.
- Transfer to a cup and enjoy. Store leftovers in the fridge and consume by the next day.
2. SALSA RECIPE USING STRAWBERRIES
Add excitement and more vitamin C to your salsa recipe using strawberries. This salsa is bursting with flavors and is just the right combination of sweet, spicy, and salty. Reduce or or omit the jalapeno if spice isn’t your thing.
Like any other salsa, eat this with a variety of foods as an appetizer, snack, or with a meal:
- Tortilla or pita chips
- On top of grilled chicken or fish
- With eggs
- Substitute for salad dressing
- With quesadillas and tacos
- As a burger or sandwich condiment
- With shrimp cocktail
Ingredients (makes about 2 to 2 ½ cups):
- 1 chopped tomato (or about 6-8 small tomatoes chopped)
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime juiced
- ½ jalapeño seeded and diced (or you may reduce or omit)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add more jalapeño to make it spicier, more lime juice to boost acidity, or more strawberries to make it sweeter.
- Serve or keep refrigerated. Eat leftovers within 3 days.
3. OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE USING STRAWBERRIES
Overnight oats is another easy recipe using strawberries with no cooking required. Made with plain Greek yogurt, this recipe can be prepared the day before in small containers and refrigerated overnight.
This creamy, high protein, and satisfying breakfast or snack is a great alternative to cold cereal, or to hot oatmeal especially in the summer months. Of course you could also heat this up the next morning if you’d like.
Ingredients (makes 1 serving):
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- ¼ to ⅓ cup chopped strawberries (add more before serving if you’d like)
- A little sweetener of your choice
- Chia or flax seeds
- Cacao nibs
- Chopped nuts
- Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl or container.
- Cover and store in the fridge overnight.
- Enjoy the next morning or within 3 days, either cold or warmed up for 20 – 30 seconds in the microwave or stove.
4. PASTA SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES
Add a little sweetness to your summer pasta salad with strawberries. This delectable pasta is a crowd pleaser at summer cookouts and gatherings. Or you can make the whole batch for yourself—you’ll have leftovers to reach for with no cooking or reheating required!
I like to eat pasta salads as a side or a meal. Add this pasta salad to leafy greens to boost the veg content. To up the protein, add leftover chopped chicken or chickpeas. You could also add ham, or for a leaner alternative—Canadian bacon.
Feel free to customize this recipe. Use different cheeses and nuts or omit them altogether. Try other types of pasta and different grains like farro or quinoa.
Ingredients for pasta salad:
- ½ lb pasta, cooked al dente, drained and cooled (farfalle or bow tie, orecchiette, penne, radiatore, ziti, etc.)
- 1 ½ cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 chopped red bell pepper
- ½ red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- ½ cup feta cheese or other cheese
- Optional: ¼ cup chopped almonds or other nuts
Ingredients for salad dressing
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or wine vinegar (note: wine vinegar is milder and less sweet)
- 2 tablespoon honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
I recommend doubling the dressing to have extra on hand in case the pasta salad dries out.
5. BAKED BRIE CHEESE WITH STRAWBERRIES
Another simple recipe using strawberries that will wow your guests. This appetizer is perfect for all celebrations. Give it a patriotic spin and add blueberries for 4th of July, use pistachios for the nuts for Christmas, or add blackberries for Halloween.
- 1 round Brie cheese
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- ⅓ cup nuts—almonds, pecans, walnuts, or other nuts, toasted and roughly chopped (see directions below for toasting)
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Crackers, pita chips, or sliced toasted baguette for serving
- Optional: blueberries or other berries
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spread the nuts in an even layer on an unlined baking sheet. Toast nuts for 8-10 minutes.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar and honey.
- Combine berries into the mixture and place in the fridge.
- Remove nuts from the oven when they’re done toasting and increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat and place cheese on center.
- Bake cheese until very soft when pressed. About 15 minutes.
- Remove berry mixture from fridge and stir in basil and nuts.
- Top cheese with berry mixture and serve.
6. SIMPLE STRAWBERRY PARFAIT
The parfait is a dessert that originated in France that is made with a cooked custard-like purée and served in a tall glass. Parfait means “perfect” as this is a perfect light and sweet dessert, breakfast, or snack.
Simpler, no cooking versions of the parfait have gained popularity and use yogurt and granola like this 3-ingredient effortless recipe below.
Since the strawberries are naturally sweet and the granola has added sugar, you don’t need to add more sugar. Even with the lower sugar granola brands I buy, this parfait is delicious.
To see the parfait layers, a tall glass works best. But you could also use a wine glass (as shown below), a mason jar, or any glass, too. Add blueberries for a red, white, and blue, patriotic vibe.
Ingredients (makes 1 serving)
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup plain yogurt (I use Greek yogurt for more protein)
- ½ cup granola
- Optional: Chia seeds mixed in with yogurt before assembling
- Start with a layer of granola at the bottom of the glass
- Add a layer of yogurt.
- Add a layer of strawberries.
- Repeat the layers.
- Top with a strawberry and enjoy!
Summertime easy with recipes using strawberries
With summer plans and out-of-school kids’ activities to stay on top of, many of us need unfussy recipes that are quick and approachable. All of these recipes using strawberries are easy on time, taking 30 minutes or less and using ingredients that can be found at most grocery stores.
In the dog days of summer, minimizing the heat in the house is also top of mind for us, especially in my area with 90-degree temps. So minimal to no cooking is also a must for this recipe round-up. I hope you enjoy these light and fresh ways to use strawberries, whether you’re relaxing at home or entertaining this summer.