It’s sweet, it’s savory and so versatile!


1) Rice Pilaf:  Add diced fresh strawberries, toasted almonds and chopped parsley to prepared pilaf.

2) Pancakes:  Include chopped strawberries in your favorite flapjack recipe. Serve with yogurt.

3) Ice Cubes:  Try frozen puree in iced tea

4) Tasty Spread: Combine pureed fresh or thawed strawberries with softened unsalted butter and some honey

5) Frozen Yogurt: Pulse 10 oz frozen berries in a food processor.  Add 7 oz Greek yogurt and 3 tbsp of super-fine sugar; blend smooth.

6) Salsa:  Mix diced berries with lime juice, chopped jalapeno, red onion and cilantro.

7) Lemonade:  Stir in pureed fresh or thawed strawberries before serving over ice.

8) Quick Jam: Cook 2 cups chopped strawberries with 1 tbsp orange juice and a pinch of salt on low until the mixture bubbles.  Stir in 3 tbsp chia seeds and honey to taste.  Allow jam to cool.

9) Pastry:  Combine chopped berries with sugar; spoon into squares of packaged puff pastry. Fold in a triangle. Crimp edges.  Bake as directed.

10) Salad: Toss arugula, blue cheese (or feta) and salted nuts with quartered strawberries; dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

11) Salad Dressing: Puree 1 cup strawberries with a pinch of salt, 1 tsp Dijon mustard and 2 tbsp red wine vinegar.  Whisk in 2 tbsp olive oil; season with freshly ground pepper

12) Dessert Bites: cut fresh strawberries in half lenghwide; scoop out slightly.  Just before serving, fill with a mixture of softened cream cheese, a little sugar, chopped dark chocolate and orange zest. Garnish with grated chocolate and zest.


(written by Beth Lipton for AARP Magazine)