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10 Surprising Things to Do with Strawberries

This berry is so popular that a 1980s doll was named after it (that'd be Strawberry Shortcake, for those of you scratching your head). But this plump, juicy bite is good for more than shortcakes and spinach salads. Consider these recipes our serenade to the strawberry.

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    • Strawberries, Revisited

      Your next carton of strawberries is going to be your best yet. These recipes go way beyond chocolate-dipped (although there's nothing wrong with that).

    • #1: Mix with Quinoa

      Two superfoods become one! You've-heard-it-in-the-news quinoa and you-already-know-they're-great strawberries meet cute in this 175-calorie snack.

    • #2: Melt into Soup

      Sound smart by serving strawberries in Atole de Fresa (atole is a thick beverage that might as well be a creamy milk shake). It's simpler than it sounds and even more delicious than you're imagining.

    • #3: Serve Beside Chicken

      If you don't like your foods to touch, look away now. Melted, vinegar-soaked strawberries are a delightful part of a chicken dinner -- all squished together on one plate.

    • #4: Sandwiched in S'Mores

      We added more to your s'more. Thinly sliced strawberries and banana enjoy the company of chocolate and melted marshmallows in our great take.

    • #5: Chopped in Salsa

      No tomatoes here -- the bright red star of these sweet-hot salsas is the not-so-humble strawberry. Match her with jalapeno for a kickin' dip.

    • #6: Sweeten BBQ Sauce

      Just imagine: Strawberries, vinegar, garlic, rosemary, and hot pepper sauce spooned over shredded slow-cooked pork, all stuffed inside a fresh bun. Now wipe that messy drool off your chin.

    • #7: Decorate a Cake

      You could make a plain-Jane strawberry cake ... or you could let strawberries shine in all their ruby-red glory on the outside of your frosted masterpiece. Not a tough call.

    • #8: Pile on Fish

      Grilled fish is the base, chopped strawberries are the finish. This is a gorgeous take on Tuesday night dinner.

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      #9: Top Bruschetta

      Simplicity is on display in a nature-does-it-best bruschetta. Baguette, oil, goat cheese, strawberries, and arugula do their thang in each bite.

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      #10: Pair with Herbs in a Dip

      Four ingredients. A day of dipping. You're welcome.

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      Bonus Recipe: Grill Them!

      Burgers don't have a monopoly on grill marks. Lightly sugared strawberries need about 6 minutes to join the barbecue ranks. We're hooked.

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