I loved strawberries when I was little ( and still do). I would eat them like candy. My mom and I would go berry-picking and I would eat them straight out of the patch. My 4-year-old, Jessie, is exactly the same. She can’t get enough of them. So, we are very excited that it is once again strawberry season here in Florida!
Florida produces a large quantity of strawberries each season. About an hour from me, in Plant City, the fruit is celebrated every year, either during the end of February or early, March during the 11-day Florida Strawberry Festival. (The 2018 festival runs from March 1-March 11.)To add to the fun facts, Plant City is actually known as the “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.” In fact, there’s an amazing Farmer’s Market store there, Parksdale Farms. The place has a vintage Florida vibe, family owned and operated and is an amazing spot where you can get amazing produce, strawberry desserts and sit on a Strawberry throne.
Though we love our strawberry shortcakes and pies, the fruit is so much more versatile than just eating for dessert ( or out of the patch). To celebrate the season, I reached out to my friends in the blogosphere and found 13 amazing non-dessert strawberry recipes you can make with your next bushel.
Spring Salad with Asparagus, Strawberries and Goat Cheese Toasts
Grilled Kale Salad with Strawberries
Strawberry and Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
Homemade Strawberry Syrup for Strawberry Soda
Summer Strawberries with Olive Oil, Basil and Honey Glaze
Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Strawberry Hot Sauce and Arugula
Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini
Spring Salad With Scallops and Strawberry Vinagarette
Gluten-Free Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Strawberry Breakfast Sandwich
Sweet Southern Strawberry Iced Tea
Strawberries just lend themselves to lighter fare, like salads. This post will include several variations of salad recipes. But, to add bread, goat cheese and asparagus just adds such savory depth it astounds me. I am gluten sensitive, so I would adjust the baguette to perhaps a gluten free-crouton. Regardless, this would be an entire summer entree for me. This recipe is courtesy of Caroline Williams who has an amazing food blog, Caroline’s Cooking.
I love kale, and I love easy… which makes this grilled kale salad recipe from Pam Greer( www.sidewalkshoes.com) absolutely perfect. This recipe just requires a couple of minutes to wilt the kale on the grill. Pam makes a simple dressing, adds the berries and an amazing salad for summer cookouts is ready.
For as much as I love food, I am a bit of a lazy eater in the mornings. I love breakfast food, but mornings tend to be hectic so I like to ‘grab and go.’ Smoothies are a favorite of mine. This Strawberry and Pineapple Protein Smoothie from reusegrowenjoy.com is made of two of my favorite fruits! ( I have a bit of a pineapple obsession, too. I even have a pinterest board dedicated to it). This recipe includes coconut oil and a couple other simple, healthy ingredients to help you really start your day right. 3 minutes in the blender ( I love my Oster blender. It is super afforable and gets the job done. I also had a Ninja for MANY years and would highly recommend as a blender with some extra functionalities. )
Not exactly intended to be edible itself (though I am sure a spoonful is delish), Gena of gingeredcasa.com uses this amazing syrup to make healthy, homemade soda with sparkling water. She even includes instructions to make it giftable. This is definitely a healthier alternative to canned soda!
So, this may tow the line a bit and verge into “dessert” zone, but I had to include this recipe from Alix at A Hedgehog in the Kitchen! First, Alix and her husband lives in Paris…and since we visited last June, I am in love with Paris! If you ever get to make a trip there…DO! (Check out my post with some tips to enjoy the trip!)
Truthfully, the olive oil, basil and honey glaze just amp up the sweet simplicity of the strawberry, making this an amazing, easy snack!
I don’t remember when gourmet grilled cheese started becoming a thing…but I am glad it did! Sandi from FearlessDining.com kicks hers up a notch by using pepper-jack cheese and…. wait for it… strawberry hot sauce! I would have never thought of that! She pairs it with gluten-free bread to make it awesome for peeps like me…but I would imagine any bread would be #delish.
Shannah from MySuburbanKitchen.com provides this delicious recipe for a Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini. Simple to make and downright gourmet looking, it would be an amazing pre-dinner bite at your next special summer event.
I love fruit breads! They are perfect warm out of the oven, after dinner, for dessert and satisfying as a light breakfast. Melanie from melaniecooks.com has a simple recipe for this sweet looking Strawberry Bread. I would maybe even play around with it and see if banana could be added. Either way, I know Jessie would eat it up!
Quail eggs and sea scallops make this Spring Salad with Scallops and Strawberry Vinaigrette a legit, decadent entree. Amy from myworldsimplified.com balances the savory with a sweeter strawberry vinaigrette. Wouldn’t this be a stunning dish to serve on Easter Sunday.
As someone who is gluten-sensitive, I am absolutely in love with Rebecca’s blog, Strength and Sunshine. It is FULL of gluten-free, allergy-free recipes and this Stuffed Strawberry French Toast is no exception. Even if you are not on the food allergy struggle bus, this recipe is a delicious berry-filled breakfast that will get your day started right. You should also check out her gluten-free homemade strawberry pop-tarts, which would be an excellent breakfast treat to send off with your kids in the morning.
If you are more of a beverage person or want a sweet sip at your barbecue, why not infuse your strawberries into some sweet tea? Jen from CincyShopper.com has a simple recipe for Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea which would definitely be refreshing at the end of a hot day.
What is your favorite Strawberry dish? I am always collecting recipes so feel free to leave a comment and let me know!
Also, sharing is caring…so if you want to be sweet like a strawberry and appreciated this post, would you mind sharing it with others?