Try these sweet strawberry recipes to brighten up your summer meals!
Not sure what to do with strawberries? There are so many ways to enjoy these succulent fruits, from vibrant breakfasts to indulgent desserts and colorful side dishes.
Strawberries are versatile ingredients to liven up your vegan cooking and baking endeavors, even when frozen or canned. To help you make the most of this beloved fruit, we’ve put together some of our favorite recipes that will inspire you through spring, summer, and beyond.
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Healthy strawberry recipes
Start your day with this basic yet refreshing banana berry smoothie. As far as plant-based breakfasts go, it doesn’t get much quicker than throwing berries, bananas, and dairy-free milk into a blender.
Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and simply bursting with flavor, this smoothie is sure to wake you up and leave you feeling energized all morning.
You really can’t go wrong with this classic combo of berries and oats. When you need a wholesome breakfast to fuel you through the morning, try this protein-packed oatmeal topped with blended strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Blending the berries offers an extra kick of sweetness, but you can skip this step when you’re in a hurry.
If you fancy a healthy dish that still feels indulgent, try this fruit and yogurt parfait. The layers are easy to assemble using puffed quinoa, dairy-free yogurt, berries, and kiwis. The end result is an explosion of flavor – perfect for sitting outside in the sun!
Once you try Simple Veganista’s strawberry spinach salad recipe, you won’t look back. Packed with glorious greens, succulent strawberries, and much more, this is one of our favorite vegan strawberry recipes.
The chopped almond topping adds an extra crunch, and the poppyseed dressing offers a punchy flavor. If you’re allergic to nuts, the recipe suggests a few substitutions to try instead.
Salsa…made with strawberries? Trust us. It works! This creative twist on a classic salsa is sunshine in a bowl and makes a delicious side dish at plant-based BBQs. Alternatively, you can enjoy it with nachos, sourdough, or bruschetta.
Those who love fiery foods needn’t worry – the recipe still includes chili to spice things up.
Strawberry desserts and treats
Some occasions require showstopping desserts, and Bianca Zapatka’s vegan strawberry and cream cake is guaranteed to be a hit with guests. Although it takes a little extra time and effort, the end result is well worth it.
Made with a light génoise sponge, fresh strawberries, and a creamy vanilla no-bake filling, it’s the ultimate dessert for celebrations.
Whipping up homemade strawberry preserves and baking your own vegan scones is simpler than you may think.
Make the most of fresh strawberries in the early summer for these decadent delights.
If you ask us, it’s not summer until the crumble comes out. Our version of rhubarb and strawberry crumble is gluten-free but still satisfyingly sweet, with a crunchy coating and a vanilla whip to top it all off. It’s ideal for family gatherings or alfresco fun throughout the summer.
When are strawberries in season?
In the US, strawberry season is May – June. Strawberries can be planted in April if you want to grow your own. When strawberries are out of season in the US, frozen or canned varieties work well in various recipes too.
Why are strawberries good for you?
Like other berries, strawberries have a range of health benefits. They are packed with antioxidants and are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B9, potassium, and manganese.
According to Dr. Michael Greger, founder of NutritionFacts.org, berries are the healthiest fruits, and eating them regularly may help protect against cancer and heart disease. Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen guide recommends eating one serving of berries every day for optimum health.
How to store strawberries
The best way to store fresh strawberries is to keep them in the fridge. Refrigerating them in their original container will only keep them fresh for up to four or five days, so use an air-tight glass container if you can.
Adding a paper towel to the bottom of the container and storing the strawberries on top can also help preserve the freshness.
Can you freeze strawberries?
Yes, you can freeze strawberries for long-term use. This method also helps reduce food waste.
Wash and dry the strawberries, remove the stem and leaves, and store them in freezer bags. Ensure you squeeze the air out of the freezer bags before placing them in the freezer.
Thawed strawberries will have a slightly different taste and texture than fresh, but they’re still delicious and can be used in your vegan dishes.
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