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22 Creative Ways to Enjoy Strawberries

22 Creative Ways to Enjoy Strawberries

 

We’re right at the peak of strawberry season in the better part of the United States. One of the most popular fruits out there, strawberries are a perfect summer delight. Strawberries are super healthy too — loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-cancer properties. (You can read more about the health benefits of strawberries here.)

There are plenty of fantastic tried-and-true recipes for these delicious berries. And sure, it’s not necessary to mess with the classics… all the time! Click through to check out five new-to-Care2 Healthy Living strawberry recipes, and plenty more links to both classic and adventurous recipes.

Earlier: 19 Ways to Enjoy Arugula

 

 

Alcohol not your thing? Check out a few more tasty strawberry beverages below, like the strawberry smoothie pictured here!

1. Strawberry-Basil Mojitos

Makes 4 drinks.

Ingredients:

Strawberry Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup water

Mojitos

  • 3 limes, cut into 4 wedges
  • 6 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Rum (1 1/2 ounces per glass, or to taste)
  • 6 cups club soda
  • Optional: More Strawberries and basil to garnish

Instructions:

Strawberry Syrup
1.  In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves over medium high. Let cool before using.

Mojito
1. Divide basil and strawberry syrup evenly among 4 tall glasses. Place a lime wedge in each and muddle. You can use the back of a spoon if you don’t have a muddler. Place 2 additional lime wedges and continue to muddle in order to release more lime juice.
2. Fill glasses almost to the top with ice. Add sliced strawberries and rum and stir well. Top off with club soda, garnish as desired and serve.

Recipe Adapted From: Tablespoon

More Strawberry Drinks:
2. Strawberry Mint Lemonade
3. Super Berry Smoothie (Vegan)
4. Ice Berry Lemonade

 

5. Strawberry & Leek Quesadillas

Makes 4 quesadillas.

Ingredients:

  • 4 leeks, light green and white parts only; cut lengthwise, thinly sliced and well rinsed
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • 8 tortillas
  • 1 1/3 cup chèvre cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup mozzarella, grated
  • Thinly sliced strawberries, about two-three whole strawberries per quesadilla, or to taste
  • Torn fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, torn
  • Green onion, finely chopped
  • Spinach or arugula, chopped

Instructions:
1. Heat heavy frying pan over medium heat. Add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil, or enough to coat the pan. Add in leeks and a pinch of salt and stir frequently over medium-low heat until the leeks are lightly brown and tender, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl
2. Assemble quesadillas. Cover tortilla with your desired amounts of cheese, leeks, strawberries, and whatever else you are using. Add another tortilla over the toppings.
3. Place quesadilla in a lightly oiled pan over medium heat for about 2-4 minutes, until tortilla is golden brown. Flip quesadilla carefully, add more oil if necessary, and cook for another 2-4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe Adapted From: Sprouted Kitchen

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Strawberries are a perfect addition, or central element, of the most important meal of the day. Check out this fantastically delicious recipe for strawberry-rhubarb French toast and see below for some more breakfast options, like these tasty strawberry crepes.

6. Strawberry Rhubarb Baked French Toast

**** This is a plan-ahead recipe: the French toast needs to be refrigerated for several hours, or overnight, before baking.

Ingredients:

French Toast:
1 loaf French bread
6 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup rhubarb, sliced

Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into pieces

Instructions:

Night Before:

French Toast:
1. Grease 9×13 inch baking pan. Evenly arrange cubed bread in pan.
2. Mix eggs and milk in a large bowl. Combine sugar and orange zest in a small bowl. Add sugar and orange zest to eggs and like. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Evenly coat bread with mixture.
3. Combine strawberry and rhubarb in a bowl. Evenly spread over French toast. With a spoon, press down on French toast mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Topping:
1. Mix flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl until combined. Add in butter pats and, with a fork or your hands, cut into dry mixture. Combine as well as you can. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Day Of:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle topping over French toast, bake until golden brown and set, about 50 minutes.

Recipe Credit: Two Peas and their Pod

More Breakfasts:
7. Strawberry Crepes
8. Strawberry Jam
9. Classic Strawberry Crisp
10. Strawberry-Yogurt Parfait

 

11. Strawberry Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

Dressing:
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Salad:
2 cups salad greens, torn
1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced
10 strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions:

Dressing:
Whisk ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Salad:
Put salad greens in a medium bowl. Add avocado and strawberries. Drizzle dressing over salad, and add pecans. Serve immediately.

Recipe Credit: AllRecipes

More Salads:
12. Balsamic Strawberries & Arugula
13. Strawberry & Hazelnut Salad
14. Spinach & Strawberry Salad
15. Love Salad

 

16. Strawberry Lemon Granita

Ingredients:

1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
3 strawberries, sliced & hulled

Instructions:

1. In a medium saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium-high to make simple syrup. It’s ready when the sugar dissolves. Set aside and let cool.
2. In a food processor, blend strawberries and lemons.
3. Pour simple syrup into food processor and blend again.
3. Pour blended mixture into 9×13 metal baking dish and freeze for around 30 minutes.
4. With a fork, stir the icy portions that have formed on the edges of the pan into the middle.
5. Freeze for 3-4 hours, or until fully frozen. During the freezing process, take it tour to stir every 20-30 minutes.
6. Scrape granita into flaxy crystals with a fork. Cover and freeze. If desired, serve in a hollowed-out lemon. You can garnish with fresh fruit, mint, whipped cream, or orange/lemon zest.

Recipe Credit: My Baking Addiction

More Desserts:
17. Strawberry Sorbet
18. Vegan Strawberry-Rhubarb Bread Pudding
19. Strawberry Dream Pie (Vegan)
20. Mexican Chocolate Cake with Strawberries
21. Simple Strawberry Cream Freeze
22. Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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6:02AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

thanks

2:50AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

strawberries raw or with milk and sugar!

7:12AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:40AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Sounds nice

4:06AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you.

9:39AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

yum. thanks!

5:18AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Sounds wonderful, will definitely try.

12:13PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

My mouths watering, can twait to try some of these recipes! Esp the sttrawberry mojito's :o)

6:12PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thanks.

6:11PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Oz winter is strawberry season!

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