One taste of spring's debut fruit, and we're ready to get in the kitchen. How about you?
Strawberry-Fruit Toss with Cornmeal Shortcakes
Sneak one from the carton, take a bite, and imagine them topping pillow-soft Cornmeal Shortcakes, tossed in a delicate salad paired with cheese and fresh basil, or dipped in a salty-sweet caramel mixture. That’s what our Test Kitchen Professionals did last April while strawberries were at their prime―sweet, luscious, and juicy. Our commitment to testing in season makes it a sure thing you’ll get the same flavor-perfect results this year.
Recipe: Strawberry-Turkey-Brie Panini
Associate Food Editor Mary Allen Perry raved about the blend of flavors and the prettiness of the sliced berries in our Strawberry-Turkey-Brie Panini. “It’s a fresh, warm-weather spin on a Monte Cristo sandwich,” she said. Find it: We use a Krups FDE3 Panini Maker in our Test Kitchen.
Salted Caramel Strawberries
A ripe berry will have a shiny, deep red color from the tip of the berry to beneath the green cap. It will be sweeter and juicier than those with white or green beneath the cap. Check the carton from top to bottom for any damaged or moldy fruit. They’ll cause the others to deteriorate quickly.
Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake
Recipe: Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberry Storing Tip:
Sort when you get home. Remove and discard any bruised berries you didn’t see when purchasing. Don’t wash. Return berries to the carton or place in a colander, uncovered. You want air to circulate around the fruit. Flavor starts to fade after two days of refrigeration.
Recipe: Tangy Berries-and-Cheese Salad
Before you slice, cut in half, puree, or chop strawberries for a recipe you should “hull.” This term means removing the leaves and tiny core beneath the cap of the berry.
A paring knife will do it, but be careful not to remove too much fruit. To use a tweezer-like strawberry huller (available at kitchen shops), pinch the berry right beneath the cap and twist.
Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Not only is this a gorgeous dessert, but the combination of salt from the crushed pretzels and sweetness from the strawberries makes this recipe irresistible.
Strawberry Chicken Salad
Recipe: Strawberry Chicken Salad
This easy salad full of fresh strawberries, crisp lettuce, and toasted pecans is the epitome of spring.
Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Securing parchment paper with masking tape (it won’t melt at the low temp) makes it easy to spread picture-perfect layers of meringue.
Recipe: Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet
Blend buttermilk with your choice of fresh or frozen strawberries to create this creamy springtime treat. This simple recipe only takes 15 minutes to prep before going into the ice cream maker.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Hand Pies
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Hand Pies
Crisp rhubarb has a tart flavor that teams up perfectly with sweet strawberries.
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Salad
Serve over fresh arugula or as an appetizer with toasted French bread baguette slices. Garnish with fresh basil.
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Here the cream cheese is added after beating the butter and sugar, and the cake bakes at a slightly higher temperature than usual.
Triple-Decker Strawberry Cake
Recipe: Triple-Decker Strawberry Cake
Layers of moist strawberry cake and Strawberry Buttercream Frosting make this three-layer cake a must for strawberry lovers.
Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Recipe: Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Club soda, fresh whole strawberries, and frozen daiquiri mix set these margarita spritzers apart. Serve on sultry summer days and enjoy the fizzy sweetness of these colorful cocktails.
Chilled Strawberry Soup
Recipe: Chilled Strawberry Soup
Cool off with this sweet, refreshing soup on a hot summer day.
Recipe: Strawberry Salsa
A confetti of bright, sunny flavors, Strawberry Salsa adds an over-the-top finish to grilled pork, beef, chicken, or even fried catfish.
Creamy Strawberry-Mint Pie
Recipe: Creamy Strawberry-Mint Pie
A crisp chocolate cookie-crumb crust teams up with fresh strawberries and frozen yogurt for the ultimate make-ahead dessert.
Strawberry Pretzel Crostini
Recipe: Strawberry Pretzel Crostini
The sturdy pretzel holds the weight of the strawberries and cream cheese, making this bite-sized crostini an ideal finger food.
Strawberry Mousse Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Mousse Cake
Pretty in pink, this mousse cake recipe is perfect for a shower, family get-together or party.
Spring Garden Strawberry Salad
Recipe: Spring Garden Strawberry Salad
Wow your guests with this refreshing spring salad. The Sweet Basil Vinaigrette gives it the perfect finishing touch.
Strawberry-Basil Frozen Yogurt
Recipe: Strawberry-Basil Frozen Yogurt
Garnish this refreshing dessert with basil sprigs.
Recipe: Cava Sangria
For a light and quick poolside drink, Cava Sangria is the way to go. Refreshing and fruity, this 5-ingredient sangria has the perfect combination of flavors from the strawberries and mint leaves. After the first sip, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation.
Recipe: Strawberry Bruschetta
Serve this easy recipe at your next ladies' luncheon or shower. The bite-size pieces are perfect for appetizers.