You Have to Try These Strawberry Recipes

StrawberriesYou have loads of luscious freshly picked strawberries. I’m sure you know exactly what you’re going to do with the ones you haven’t already eaten. Just in case you don’t, I found a few new to me recipes that I’ll share with you.

SUNRISE SMOOTHIE

From Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

1 cup chopped strawberries (5 strawberries)
1 cup chopped seeded watermelon
1 cup chopped fresh peach
1 cup (½ pint) raspberry sorbet
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Watermelon spears, for garnish

Place the strawberries, watermelon, peach, sorbet, and orange juice in a blender and purée until smooth and creamy. Add more orange juice if you’d like it a little less thick. Serve immediately in glasses with watermelon spears.

STRAWBERRY SHIITAKE SALAD

From A Life in Balance by Meg Wolff

1 head romaine, torn into bite-size pieces
A few handfuls of baby spinach
1 pint fresh organic strawberries, sliced thinly
10 shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly

Olive or sunflower oil
Golden balsamic vinegar
Pinch of sea salt or dash of soy sauce

Simply combine torn romaine, baby spinach, fresh-sliced shiitake mushrooms and organic strawberries. For an easy dressing, blend together a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add a pinch of salt or a dash of soy sauce, if desired.

GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES & GOAT CHEESE

From Eating Well

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or brown sugar
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 cups baby spinach
3 cups watercress, tough stems removed
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries (about 12 ounces)
1/3 cup fresh chives, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans (see Tip)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Whisk maple syrup (or brown sugar), vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add spinach, watercress, strawberries and chives; toss to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with pecans and goat cheese.

Tip: To toast chopped or sliced nuts, stir constantly in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE

If you’re looking for a sweet dessert, check out this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac’s Southern Pastry, Vegan Style.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITE STRAWBERRY RECIPE!

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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane Atwood was the health reporter on News Center 6. She's now a regular guest on the Morning Report. Before she became a health reporter, Diane was a radiation therapist/dosimetrist at Maine Medical Center. In 2000, she left the world of reporting to manage marketing and public relations for Mercy Hospital. In 2011, she decided to pursue a longtime dream of being a freelance writer and launched her award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.