April 29, 2016

50 awesome strawberry recipes for spring

And of course summer, too! :)

Over the years, I have professed my love of strawberries many times, particularly in the context of vintage recipes posts (such as this tasty strawberry cake recipe and this classic take on strawberry shortcake). Strawberries are not only one of a tiny handful of foods that I continue to be able to safely eat from a medical diet standpoint, but they're also one of my absolute favourite fruits ever!

{Spring is here, the days are getting warmer, and soon fresh strawberries aplenty will be everywhere! Take advantage of their culinary versatility with the 50 fabulous strawberry recipes in today's post. Vintage image source.}

Year-round, I nosh on strawberries, both in their natural state and as part of a wide range of recipes (sweet and savoury alike). As we head into mid-spring, strawberry season is just starting to get underway for many in the northern hemisphere and soon we'll be able to enjoy strawberries at the peak of their perfection. Green houses can work wonders, but nothing compares to the perfect taste, texture, and moisture content of a fresh-from-the-garden (or woods) strawberry gathered when it was in season.

Hopefully you can get your hands on plenty such berries this year and perhaps use some of them in the slew of 50 delicious strawberry recipes that I've rounded up here today.

A blend of old school classics, newer offerings, and thoroughly modern ideas from some of the best online recipe sites and cooking blogs, this tasty selection (which only just scratches the surface when it comes to strawberry dishes) is sure to have you swooning for one of spring's most famous fruits.

1. Strawberry and White Chocolate Napoleons

2. Strawberry Bread 

3. Strawberry Balsamic Chicken 

4. No-Bake Strawberry Lasagna 

5. The Ultimate Strawberry Jam 

6. Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble 

7. Strawberry Pineapple Banana Lava Flow Smoothie 

8. Spaghetti With Strawberry-Tomato Sauce 

9. Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 

10. Chilled Strawberry Souffle 

11. Strawberry-Lemonade Icebox Pie 

12. Strawberry Salsa and Black Bean Tacos 

13. Chilled Strawberry Soup 

14. Soft and Fluffy Strawberry Banana Cake 

15. Strawberry Blondies 

16. Rosewater Cheesecake with Strawberries 

17. Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas 

18. Strawberry Lemon Basil Pasta Salad 

19. Mini Eclairs with Strawberries and Cream 

20. Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip

21. Gluten-Free Strawberry Cake Bread 

22. Strawberry-Raspberry Nutella Dessert Tacos 

23. Fig and Strawberry Tart 

24. Strawberry and Grappa Sorbetto with Wafers

25. Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken and Applewood Bacon

26. Strawberry-Kiwi Frozen Mojitos

27. Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze 

28. Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal 

29. Panettone French Toast with Mixed Berries 

30. Strawberry Almond Scones 

31. Strawberry Lamingtons 

32. Mixed Berry Gazpacho with Basil 

33. Chocolate Potato Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze 

34. Strawberry Risotto 

35. Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

36. Sparkling Strawberry Salad

37. Brownie Strawberry S'mores 

38. Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins 

39. Smoky Strawberry-Chipotle Compote Bacon-Meatballs

40. Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

41. Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

42. Strawberry Basil and Honey Goat Cheese Quesadillas

43. Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream

44. Quinoa with Salmon and Strawberries

45. Polish Strawberry Dumplings 

46. Strawberry Orange Banana Popsicles 

47. Heirloom Berry Quinoa Salad 

48. Baked Strawberry Doughnuts 

49. Strawberry Bruschetta Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 

50. Heavenly Strawberries 'n Cream Cake 

{All photos are care of their respective sources, which can be reached by clicking on the recipe link above each image. Unlike vintage images which are often much more in the public domain and for which the reproduction and sharing of is more liberally tolerated, I fully understand that some food bloggers do not like to have their photos shared on other blogs, even when a link back to their site is provided. If such is the case and your photo appears here, please let me know by email and I'll happily take it down or credit it in a different way that you're happy with. Thank you!}

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Hungry all of a sudden? Me, too! :) Which of these seriously lovely strawberry recipes is calling your name the most? (The Nutella dessert tacos and strawberry shortcake cheesecake are both pretty much bringing me to my knees at the mere thought!)

Strawberries - cute, vitamin rich, beautiful little culinary offerings that they are - speak to spring and summer immensely. Their lightness, (ideally!) sweet flavour, and refreshing juiciness help ensure that they've been a firm favourite in many parts of the word for countless years now.

{Strawberries are one of the simple joys of spring, summer, and really, life itself! Vintage image source.}

Plus, strawberries are just plain fun! Seriously, they're amongst the happiest fruits, to my mind, and one that is such a harbinger of the changing seasons.

Be it on my table or in my wardrobe (for example), I reach for strawberries often during the spring and summer, and love knowing that I'll never run out of new and exciting ways to enjoy these beautiful little berries.

As strawberry season returns, how are you most looking forward to tucking into this awesome red fruit?