10 Strawberry Recipes to Sweeten Your Summer

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Make the most out of these versatile red berries while they are perfectly ripe and in season

Jane Bruce

With so many recipes for summer strawberries, we decided it would be the ideal theme for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).

What better way to spend summer than with a basket of fresh and juicy strawberries? During the hot summer months, strawberries are a refreshing way to rehydrate, or they can be a fruity component to a sweet pie or pastry. You can even add them to a cocktail like a margarita or a daiquiri. Make the most out of these versatile red berries while they are perfectly ripe and in season.

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With so many recipes for summer strawberries, we decided it would be the ideal theme for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). We put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with strawberry recipes, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Karen from Baking In A Tornado shared her recipe for sweet strawberry pizza made with peanut butter and strawberry jam. We are onboard with anything PB&J!
  • Meriem from Culinary Couture shared with us her recipe for strawberry lemonade bars. Combining strawberries with the iconic summer drink makes for an irresistible dessert.
  • The winner this week is Lauren Gordon, the entertain Editor at The Daily Meal. Lauren’s fun and festive strawberry cheesecake bites are the perfect dessert for a summer barbecue party.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Kale Salad with Strawberries and Feta Recipe

This simple salad is packed with flavor from the mint and feta. Strawberries add a little sweetness.

Click here to see the Kale Salad with Strawberries and Feta Recipe

Strawberry Risotto Recipe

The combination of strawberries and risotto might first seem a little strange at first. But this savory dish is nothing but a flavorful and bright surprise. The sweetness of the berries cooks away and you're left with more of a tart flavor. Plus the dish is a lovely shade of pink.

Click here to see the Strawberry Risotto Recipe

Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.

This post was originally published on June 20, 1014.

10 Summer Recipes I Want to Try

Happy Thursday, friends! I’m taking tomorrow off because Emmett is off work for the holiday weekend and we’ll be tackling house projects (the shed and guest room), but before I sign off for the long weekend… I wanted to share 10 summer recipes I’ve been itching to try. If you’re looking for something special and seasonally appropriate to make this weekend, maybe some of the recipes I’ve saved will provide some inspiration. We haven’t quite nailed down what exactly is on our menu this weekend- after all, it’s just the two of us (unlike last year when we hosted a backyard BBQ), but I pretty much use every holiday as an excuse to eat good food and make cocktails. Click through for the 10 summer recipes I want to try this month!

I’ll begin by saying Emmett I don’t adhere to a special diet or anything. We pretty much eat anything and everything (excluding shellfish for me because I have a food allergy), but I’m sure many of these recipes could be modified to fit your specific dietary needs or preferences. I like to use recipes as a guideline anyway. Cooking is another opportunity to be creative! Emmett, on the other hand, sticks to the recipe EXACTLY. What is your cooking style? Creative or calculated?

#1 // Lemon Flatbread Pizza

On Fridays, we make homemade pizza- we even bought a beautiful pizza peel that hangs in our kitchen. This is the recipe we’re going to try tomorrow and I am SO excited. Burrata, mozzarella, roasted broccoli, lemon zest, bacon, and greens… all sprinkled with fresh parmesan. Doesn’t it sound like a dreamy combination? I’ll be sure to let you know what we think, but I’m assuming this is going to be a summertime favorite.

#2 // Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb reminds me of my grandma. She had a huge patch in front of the barn on her farm, and we’d harvest it and make rhubarb crisp, rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam, and alllll the tasty things. I even used to eat it straight from the stalk (not for everyone, I know). I have such fond memories of rhubarb and the summertime deserts are my favorite because of the flavor and nostalgia. Vallery’s recipe looks just like my grandma’s and I can’t wait to recreate it! Now… to find rhubarb. I’ve never purchased it from a grocery before. Any tips?

#3 // Homemade Pretzels with Cheese Dip

Homemade pretzels are a fan favorite in our house. When we lived in Ohio, I surprised Emmett with a culinary class (in an effort to shake up our weekly date nights). We took a series of classes from a prestigious cooking school that involved pretzel making and beer pairing. We made jalapeño stuffed pretzel bombs, rosemary pretzels, dessert pretzels sprinkled with cinnamon & drizzled in dark chocolate, and of course the classic version with cheese dip. I stumbled across this recipe and it inspired me to recreate our pretzel making, beer pairing days! It really is a fun summer activity, and since we can’t get our favorite soft pretzels at sporting events this summer (we love baseball games), we might as well make them at home.

#4 // Grilled Chili Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

I truly haven’t met a taco I didn’t like… besides maybe a shrimp taco, because of said food allergy. These blackened chicken tacos look incredible! They also seem to be bursting with flavor and include so many delicious ingredients, like: pepper, lime, coconut, tomatillo, onion, cilantro, pineapple, jalapeño, avocado, and of course you can choose your favorite tortilla (my preference is corn tortillas).

#5 // Hot Honey Chicken

My family lives in Kentucky… I grew up in “the south”, if you consider it that (I do, Emmett does not). Anyway- given the close proximity to Tennessee, I LOVE some good, authentic hot honey chicken. That sticky, sweet, spicy sauce gets me every time. Is it really summertime if you don’t have fried chicken a time or two? This recipe is technically oven-fried, but I bet you could use an air frier too. Tieghan’s recipe calls for crispy corn flakes and honey butter sauce, so you know it’s going to be good. This is making me very hungry!

#6 // Melon and Cucumber Mint Feta Salad

I’m a big fan of eating melon in the summertime… for breakfast, for lunch, as a snack, basically whenever. Cantaloupe is my favorite, followed by watermelon and honeydew. This recipe makes a beautiful presentation! It looks so gorgeous on that serving platter. Well done, Naomi!

#7 // Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

I have a major sweet tooth (if you haven’t noticed), so this banana cake is really calling to me. I’m pretty certain I could live on banana bread alone, but Jenna turned it into a cake and added chocolate peanut butter frosting for the ultimate dessert… or breakfast, if you like sweets in the morning like Emmett and myself.

#8 // Avocado Grapefruit Salad

I had to throw a salad in here for good measure. Haha! Fun fact… of all the fruits, grapefruit is my ultimate favorite. I eat them often, but never put them in my salad. No idea why… I think it’s time to change that! This salad looks refreshing and also includes avocado, shallot, balsamic, fennel, mustard, plenty of greens, and cheese. It seems like a winner I’ll be trying this weekend!

#9 // Mediterranean Nachos

Ahhh, nachos! I’m a super fan of nachos. I like the concept… how you can load them up, mix up the flavors each time, and how easy they are to pile onto a plate. These Mediterranean nachos look ideal for summer! Pita, chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, olives, peppers, feta, onion, and parsley… sounds like a winning combo to me. I can’t wait to try them!

#10 // Spicy Grilled Pineapple Margarita

I know, I know… it’s not food, BUT- you know I love a good margarita (get my frozen recipe here and my pitcher recipe here). Since it’s a holiday weekend, you better believe we’ll be having celebratory cocktails. I’ve decided this will be the drink- spicy margaritas with grilled pineapple. I’ll report back, but I’m very excited to try these.

Is there anything special you love eating during the summer season? I’d love to hear about it or your favorite summertime recipes in the comments below! If you’d like more food inspiration and recipes I’ve been saving, check out this Pinterest board. You can also find cocktails I’ve saving here. Everyone have an awesome holiday weekend! I’ll be sure to share BTS on IG stories of our house projects this weekend. See you back here on Monday for an easy DIY project!

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Sara Stirs: These savory strawberry recipes evoke sweet summer vibes

Strawberries are reminiscent of my childhood memories of Buckhannon. These are the first berries to ripen, signaling summer is near. The arrival of the Strawberry Festival meant school was almost out for the summer and the days were growing longer and warmer. The strawberry has been an iconic symbol of Buckhannon for years. There have been times in my life when I was not living in West Virginia, but strawberries always reminded me of “home.”

I think West Virginia strawberries exceed all others in taste. The season is short, and they are labor-some finicky plants that require hours of tending. The payoff is huge, but growing strawberries is a true commitment. Pests target these berries, destroying entire crops. Did you know there are more pesticides used on strawberries than any other crop?

When purchasing grocery store strawberries organic is important. Strawberry blossoms are early pollen producers for bees, and pesticides are often fatal for bee colonies. By supporting organic farming you are also supporting clean water practices that are often compromised by the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Wide ranging levels of pesticides are used among crop varieties. I use this as one gauge of importance when buying organic versus non, and strawberries top the list. I encourage you to research cultivation practices for the produce you consume, and adjust your lifestyle choices accordingly.

With strawberry season upon us I realized I did not have strawberry recipes. How could this be? Shortcake is the natural partner to this early summer fruit, but I initiated a quest for savory recipes. For me, recipe creation starts with research. What I discovered were plentiful baking avenues, and then I hit a wall. Was it a requirement for this already sweet ingredient to be paired with additional sweeteners?

I became determined to showcase strawberries in a new light. After trial and error I am anxious to share two savory strawberry recipes that showcase this fruit in contrast to normal presentations.

Traditional tomato bruschetta is my go-to summer appetizer. Sweet tomatoes tossed with garlic, balsamic vinegar and basil atop crostini is simply perfect. Initially I would have argued that this delight could not be improved, until strawberries entered the picture.

The bruschetta recipe I am sharing bursts with strawberries and tomatoes. While the method mimics the classic, there are key ingredient changes. Shallot replaces garlic for a milder allium. I swapped white balsamic vinegar for the standard dark for increased acidity to neutralize the sweet berries. The addition of lemon zest and creamy blue cheese establish depth. The cheese and strawberries are a match made. If you have an aversion to blue cheese, feta or goat would be delicious substitutes. Basil remains the star herb.

This bruschetta stands proudly beside the one we all know and love.

The second recipe will undoubtedly spread summer vibes — a bright fresh strawberry avocado salsa. The salsa leaders are strawberries and avocado, accompanied by red onion, Serrano chilies and tomatoes. Lime juice, flaky salt, and cilantro balance this bowl. Sweet heat is the flavor this salsa delivers.

While the only thing truly needed is a bowl of salty tortilla chips, I wanted this to shine with an entrée. I plated the salsa over blackened swordfish. The blackening spice was divine with the sweet strawberries and cool avocado. Served with rice and warmed corn tortillas this definitely has a tropical feel. Switch in your favorite fish, seafood, or even grilled chicken. This one is sure to impress your guests.

Strawberries will continue to remind me of wonderful times spent with family and friends. The last year has emphasized the importance of memories. Throughout the pandemic, thoughts of past adventures or social gatherings held a new value. These memories became motivators to persist with safety in anticipation of returning to normalcy. We are not there yet, but by remaining diligent I am hopeful that many new memories are on the horizon.

I hope your eyes are open to a new culinary approach for strawberries. May this be a reminder to keep an open mind in the kitchen it is OK to veer from the norm. Stay safe and enjoy the warmer days ahead.

Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta

Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta (Serves 2-4)

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 3 ounces blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 large shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon flaky salt (extra for finishing) .

In a bowl sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over the tomatoes. Let sit for 5 minutes. Drain all liquid from bowl. Toss with remaining ingredients. Taste and season with salt accordingly. Allow to marinate an hour before serving. Serve on crostini.

Strawberry Avocado Salsa (Makes 3 cups)

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Serrano chili diced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon flaky salt (more to taste)

Toss all ingredients to combine. Adjust salt to taste. Serve chilled.

Sara Jeran is a culinary enthusiast, gardener, beekeeper and Buckhannon native. Follow her on Instagram at @sarajstirs.

Emeril Lagasse’s famous BBQ shrimp

Add some BAM to your shrimp with a little Emeril Lagasse flair &mdash Photo courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Before becoming a celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse was a New Orleans legend, working in the city for more than three decades. One of the most popular dishes served at his first restaurant, Emeril’s, is this New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp.

It’s a plate of large shrimp served with a buttery BBQ sauce and served with homemade, southern-style biscuits. It’s sure to impress guests at your next BBQ.

Recipe Roundup: 10 Shrub Recipes for Summer Fruit

What to do with a bushel of nearly gone fruit? Thrifty American colonists added sugar and vinegar to make a sweet and sour syrup that would last the winter. What did they call it? Shrub.

Don’t worry, no one’s suggesting you add boxwood to your G&T. But modern-day mixologists are taking a page from their forebears in tricornered hats, and adding this delightfully acidic syrup to cocktail recipes. Make your own and try it with seltzer, whiskey, or whatever your favorite beverage is. Here’s a collection of shrub recipes that have tempted us this season.

Above: Fresh Apple Shrub photograph by Marisa McClellan via Food 52.

Marisa McClellan shared her recipe for apple shrub on Food 52. It’s just three ingredients: shredded apples, apple cider vinegar, and granulated sugar. She suggests mixing it in cocktails, stirring it into sparkling water, or whisking it into a salad dressing. We’ll try all three.

Red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and over-ripe plums are the ingredients in a syrup concocted by Todd from HonestlyYUM. “Try saying ‘plum shrub’ three times fast without smiling,” he suggests. Or just add a splash of his fruit syrup to vodka and shake over ice.

Above: Peach Shrub from Brooklyn Supper photograph by Elizabeth Stark.

“If you were looking for the opposite of a schmancy cocktail, and you wanted something simple and down-home and good, surely then you would want a shrub,” says Elizabeth Stark, from Brooklyn Supper. Head to the market this weekend to get ripe peaches.

Above: Calamansi Lime Shrub photograph by Marvin Gapultos via Burnt Lumpia .

Marvin Gapultos set out to make a shrub inspired by his native Philippines, using calamansi, a citrus fruit from the Philippines, and Filipino sugarcane. The result? “A shrub syrup full of bright, calamansi aroma–think mandarin orange crossed with a lime.”

Above: Peach and Berry Summer Shrub from Oh So Beautiful Paper photograph by Nole Garey.

When Nole Garey makes shrub, she doesn’t stop with just one kind of fruit. Here she combines peaches, blueberries, and strawberries in a trifecta of summery tastes. She also uses two vinegars: balsamic and champagne.

Above: Cherry Balsamic Shrub from Reclaiming Provincial photograph by Carey Nershi.

Balsamic vinegar and cherries give this shrub a moody hue. Carey Nershi, from Reclaiming Provincial, describes it as “wonderfully tart (and a gorgeous shade of red, to boot).”

Above: Concord Grape Balsamic Shrub from Documenting our Dinner photograph by Brianne Looze.

For late-summer drinks, Brianne Looze captured the flavor of Concord grapes in a balsamic vinegar-based shrub. “It takes a few days to put together, but the end result rewards you well for your trouble,” she says. “The nostalgic flavor of Concord grapes is elevated by adding a bit of earthy balsamic vinegar, but the mixture retains brightness from a hefty amount of white wine vinegar as well. The shrub strikes a brilliant balance between sweet and tart.” We’ll take ours like she did, with whiskey.

Above: Blackberry Rum Shrub from Saveur photograph by Nicole Franzen.

Impatient food preservationists, rejoice. This shrub syrup is heated for speedy results. You’ll have a crimson cocktail in no time.

Above: Strawberry Drinking Vinegar from Five and Spice photograph by Emily Kuross.

Strawberry season has come and gone, and we’re wishing we’d bottled up a taste of the season with Emily’s recipe. We’re saving this recipe for next summer (but for now, we’re following her lead and using fennels sprigs as a garnish from here on out).

Above: Rhubarb Shrub from Hungry Ghost Photograph by Andrea Gentl.

Here’s one to save for next spring. Andrea used a cold process to make a rhubarb shrub, allowing the fresh rhubarb and sugar to steep on the counter for 72 hours.

39 Juicy Strawberry Recipes to Make All Summer Long

There's nothing like a summer dessert featuring fresh, juicy strawberries.

Although they're technically available all year long, strawberries are best when they're in-season. Whether you are an expert in how to grow strawberries or you prefer picking up a few pints at one of the best farmers markets or grocery store, in-season strawberries are one of the best things about spring and summer.

Sure, you may like blackberries (you have to try these blackberry recipes!), raspberries, blueberries, and their ilk, but strawberries are hands-down our favorite. There's something about the flavor that brings us right back to our childhood. They're so sweet, so bright, and so fun to eat. And strawberries are actually kind of amazing. Did you know that each fruit has more than 200 seeds on it? There are a lot of facts about strawberries!

While strawberries are perfectly good on their own (or in a bowl with a little cream and honey), there's something magical about cooking with them. When you take a batch from your garden and transform these tart, sweet, red little berries into a warm loaf of strawberry banana bread, say, or gooey strawberry cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, you turn already-delicious baked goods into something extraordinary. Strawberries are great for easy summer desserts, add a punch of flavor to salads, dress up breakfast pancakes or crepes (or even cereal), nestle into muffins, and can even be turned into an interesting twist on hummus, or added to a fruity salsa! Pick up some strawberries now, while they're fresh, and some sweetness to your summer with one (or several) of these tasty recipes.

Sweet Strawberry Recipes for Strawberry Season!

Let&rsquos start simply yet deliciously with Strawberry Cobbler. It&rsquos a little different from traditional cobblers with cream cheese biscuits on top. Plus, there&rsquos a good splash of lemon to complement all of those strawberries!

Strawberry season coincides with warmer weather, which is the best time for no-bake desserts like these Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecakes. They&rsquore a great make-ahead dessert for your spring and summer gatherings.

If you love a soft, moist quick bread, then be sure to add this Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread to your to-bake list this strawberry season. It has a little swirl of cream cheese running through it to take it over the top. So, so good!

Strawberry Sheet Cake is just the kind of dessert you&rsquoll crave all spring and summer long. Luckily, it&rsquos easy to make so you can indulge whenever you like. Expect rave reviews and requests for repeat appearances!

These lovely Strawberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting are perfect for a no-serve dessert. Just place them on a tray and let everyone grab one when they&rsquore ready for dessert. The white chocolate frosting is a terrific complement to the cupcakes, but you can also just top with a sprinkling of confectioners&rsquo sugar for a simpler presentation.

Strawberry Icebox Pie is all about the layers. From the graham cracker crust to the cream cheese filling to the strawberries and finally to that lush layer of sweetened whipped cream, you&rsquoll enjoy discovering every bite of deliciousness!

There&rsquos so much to love about these Brown Butter Strawberry Muffins. They&rsquore easy to make, have amazing flavor, and versatile enough to be breakfast or a snack. One of my favorites!

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars are one of the prettiest desserts you&rsquoll ever see! They start with a thin layer of pound cake, and then come the strawberries and the no-bake cheesecake filling. Top with a little sweetened whipped cream and sliced strawberries, and you&rsquore ready for an unforgettable dessert!

Strawberry Pecan Crumble is about as easy as homemade dessert gets! And it&rsquos a great showcase for the season&rsquos strawberries. The nutty topping adds a little crunch to complement all that sweet filling. Just add some ice cream or sweetened whipped cream!

Strawberry Cheesecake Cobbler is great when you want something a little different in the cobbler category. This dessert comes together quickly and easily for a cobbler-cheesecake combo that&rsquos sure to please!

Now that you&rsquore armed with some strawberry recipes, I hope you&rsquoll be excited to pick up some strawberries this season and put them to delicious use!

Ice cream Dessert Recipes

Prepare these cool ice cream treats ahead of time to serve right after dinner.

01. Cookies & Creme Frozen Pudding Pops

This kid-friendly dessert recipe is perfect for all ages. Simple pantry staples combine to make a cool summer treat. M ix crushed Oreo cookies, thawed Cool Whip whipped topping, and chocolate pudding together until blended. Spoon the mixture into small paper cups and insert a wooden popsicle stick or plastic spoon into the center. Freeze at least 6 hours or until firm. Remove the paper cup before serving.

02. Ice Cream Cake

This cake is a great alternative to the traditional birthday cake if you are hosting a summer birthday party. Whisk together ½ cup fudge ice cream topping with 1 cup of cool whip and a package of chocolate flavored instant pudding. Unwrap 4 ice cream sandwiches and place them side by side on a sheet of aluminum foil. Spread a layer of the chocolate pudding mixture. Repeat until you have three layers. Frost the top and sides with the remaining cool whip then loosely cover with more aluminum foil. Freeze for 5 hours before serving.

03. Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

This recipe is a twist on the traditional ice cream sandwich. Keep a few extras in the freezer to serve to unexpected guests who pop in for a visit this summer. Spoon 2 tablespoons of softened vanilla ice cream onto one chocolate chip cookie. Place a second cookie on top of the ice cream. Roll the edges in chopped peanuts. Place them in the freezer until hardened (1-2 hours).

04. Orange Creamsicle Layered Dessert

A refreshing and creamy dessert guaranteed to become one of your favorites. Be warned, you will want to make it, again and again! Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil. Spread 2 cups of softened orange sherbet into the bottom of the pan. Beat 8 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and ½ cup orange juice together. Stir in 8 ounces of cool whip topping. Pour over the sherbet in the pan and freeze for 4 hours. To serve invert the pan onto a plate remove the foil and slice into pieces.

20 Delicious Strawberry Desserts for Summer

Try our fresh strawberry recipes for your best dessert ever.

Strawberries, like all berries, are a healthy fruit: they're great sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But that&rsquos just icing on the cake, because as many a kid will tell you, strawberry desserts are where it&rsquos at. So after you&rsquove had your fill of this fragrant fruit in healthy smoothies and summer salads, and maybe stashed some frozen strawberries in your freezer, treat your loved ones (and yourself) to what you were really craving and whip up one of these after-dinner winners.

Whether you dip them in chocolate, bake them in a pie, or throw them on the grill (yes, really), here are 20 sweet ways to eat the quintessential summer berry that'll feel like an indulgent treat every time.

To macerate your strawberries

1200g strawberries
8 tbsp grappa
4 tsp caster sugar, plus extra to serve

1 Hull the strawberries by pulling off the green tops (cut them if they are under-ripe.)

2 Cut the strawberries in half from top to tail. Put them in a bowl with the grappa and caster sugar. Allow them to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes – all the juices will begin to seep out and the strawberries will soften. Turn every now and again to cover them with grappa.


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