Fresh & Juicy Strawberry Recipes
Try our fresh and easy ways to celebrate the sweet taste of spring, from sugar-kissed salsa to featherlight muffins and layer cakes. U-pick your favorite!
Sweet and herby flavors collide in this refreshing treat.
Recipe: Strawberry-Basil Ice-Cream
Though the ginger is optional, it gives these refreshing floats their signature zing. If you can't find sparkling lemonade, substitute fizzy lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
A dark-chocolate crust and jewel-bright berries brushed with jelly turn this down-home pie into company-worthy fare.
Recipe: Strawberry Cream Pie
These triple-layered treats, topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, elevate the classic lemon bar to ethereal heights.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Shortbread Bars
We used a 2 1/2- x 3-inch fluted rectangular cookie cutter to cut the dough for these adorable tarts. You can also cut them by hand or use a round cutter. Serve for breakfast, dessert, or as a sweet snack.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets
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: Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
The secret is all in the Strawberry-Lemonade Jam. Use roasted turkey instead of ham, if you prefer.
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.
Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Cool off with this sweet, refreshing soup on a hot summer day.
- Recipe: Chilled Strawberry Soup
The sweetness of strawberries combined with a hint of tart from the orange segments makes this dessert absolutely delightful.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Orange Trifle
Fresh berries topped with a lusicous, velvety cream is the perfect treat after a laid-back dinner party. If you want a smokier flavor use mezcal, which is similar to tequila, in the cream.
- Recipe: Berries with Tequila Cream
This unique grilled dessert is perfect for your next outdoor party. Reviewer moorebells gave this recipe 5-stars stating, "Such a nice, light and beautiful dessert! Working with phyllo can be daunting but this was a snap."
- Recipe: Strawberry Napoleons
There's nothing like homemade ice cream to cool off a warm day! Just combine the ingredients and let your ice cream maker do the hard work. You'll love the end result.
- Recipe: No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream
This delightful spring dessert more than merited running on our April 2010 cover—not just for looks but also for its sweet, summery taste. We couldn’t think of a better way to show off the succulent taste and colorful presentation of strawberries, the South’s most prized spring fruit.
Baking the orange-marmalade-coated shortcake in a tart pan (available for under $15 at most supermarkets) produces a sweet-and-sturdy base for the berries and whipped cream.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Orange Shortcake Tart
Garnish this refreshing dessert with basil sprigs.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Basil Frozen Yogurt
A confetti of bright, sunny flavors, Strawberry Salsa adds an over-the-top finish to grilled pork, beef, chicken, or even fried catfish.
- Recipe: Strawberry Salsa
Serve this easy recipe at your next ladies' luncheon or shower. The bite-size pieces are perfect for appetizers.
- Recipe: Strawberry Bruschetta
Serve over fresh arugula or as an appetizer with toasted French bread baguette slices. Garnish with fresh basil.
- Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Salad
This easy salad full of fresh strawberries, crisp lettuce, and toasted pecans is the epitome of spring.
- Recipe: Strawberry Chicken Salad
Serve this dazzing drink at your next get-together. Use lime wedges for garnish.
- Recipe: Strawberry Limeade
The sturdy pretzel holds the weight of the strawberries and cream cheese, making this bite-sized crostini an ideal finger food.
- Recipe: Strawberry Pretzel Crostini
Pretty in pink, this mousse cake recipe is perfect for a shower, family get-together or party.
Recipe: Strawberry Mousse Cake
Crisp rhubarb has a tart flavor that teams up perfectly with sweet strawberries.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Hand Pies
Here the cream cheese is added after beating the butter and sugar, and the cake bakes at a slightly higher temperature than usual.
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.
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.
A quick dip in luscious caramel and a salty roll in finely chopped nuts turns fresh strawberries into a gourmet treat. Top picks: A ripe berry will have a shiny, deep red color from the tip of the berry to beneath the green cap. Check the carton from top to bottom for any damaged or moldy fruit—they’ll cause the others to deteriorate quickly.
- Recipe: Salted Caramel Strawberries
A crisp chocolate cookie-crumb crust teams up with fresh strawberries and frozen yogurt for the ultimate make-ahead dessert.
Recipe: Creamy Strawberry-Mint Pie
Advice from our Test Kitchen: for the smoothest frosting, freeze cake for at least 30 minutes; then frost. Freeze layers right on the wire rack or on a cookie sheet. If you're not using them right away, wrap frozen layers well in plastic wrap.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Sheet Cake
We used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.
Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cake
- Recipe: Spring Garden Strawberry Salad
We used Wilton's nonstick six-cavity Mini Pie Pan. Chill reserved crust rounds while the first batch bakes, and allow the pan to cool completely before beginning the second batch.
Recipe: Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
Trust us: This simple and swoon-worthy sheet cake will be a keeper in your recipe box. File it under "Springtime Crowd-pleaser."
Rich balsamic vinegar helps bring out the sweetness of the berries in this dessert featuring shortbread cookies and vanilla ice cream.
- Recipe: Balsamic Strawberries
Who says healthy snacks can't also be delicious treats? This low-fat yogurt-based smoothie is perfect for a warm, spring afternoon.
- Recipe: Orange-Berry Swirl
Celebrate the beginning of spring by sharing this simple yet delightful breakfast with your family. Top French toast with sliced strawberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
This top-rated pie recipe features a unique combination of salty pretzel crust and sweet strawberry ice-cream. Garnish with lime rind curls, fresh whole strawberries and pretzels for a pretty presentation.
Skip those little cups you get from the grocery store and try our simple, Southern shortcake. If you’re pressed for time, you can bake the cakes ahead and freeze them, wrapped in foil and stored in a zip-top plastic bag.
- Recipe: Classic Strawberry Shortcake
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.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet
This classic French dessert features luscious pastry cream topped with a layer of sweet strawberries. Enhance the flavor of your tart by adding a teaspoon of rose or orange flower water to the cream.
- Recipe: Strawberry Tart
Smooth cream cheese combined with the wonderful flavors of Irish cream liqueur and strawberry preserves are just the beginning of this decadent dessert. Finish by spreading sour cream evenly over the cheesecake and garnishing with whole strawberries.
This quick-to-put together recipe is just as delicious as it looks. Ready-to-eat cheesecake filling saves loads of time, helping you get this dessert on the table in 20 minutes!
- Recipe: Free-Form Strawberry Cheesecake
Stirring in marshmallow creme eliminates the traditional use of raw eggs in this light and luscious treat. Look for soft ladyfingers in the bakery section of the grocery store.
- Recipe: Strawberry Semifreddo Shortcake
Rev up your taste buds for a combination of sweet berries, sour lemon and cool mint in this delicious pound cake dessert.