Fast and Fresh Strawberry Recipes

When warm weather hits there's nothing we crave more than fresh strawberry recipes (and sometimes ice cream, I suppose, but juicy strawberries in peak season can't be topped!). Put the fresh berries to work in these quick-to-prepare, good for you, and super-delish strawberry recipes. From breakfast to dessert, we've got every meal covered, so take full advantage of strawberry season and enjoy them from dawn until dusk. Even if it's the dead of winter, pick up a carton of strawberries at the grocery store and brighten up a dreary day by tossing together one of these fast and fresh recipes.

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    Spicy Fruit Salad

    Be careful, this fruit salad brings the heat! Layer together romaine lettuce, arugula, mangoes, fresh strawberries, and jicama, then top with a zippy, zesty homemade dressing. If you really want to feel the burn, top with a few sliced jalapeno peppers, or add an extra sprinkle of chili powder to the dressing. Don't stress about that long start to finish time, it's just chilling time for flavors to meld. You'll only need about a half hour in the kitchen.

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    Parmesan-Stuffed Chicken and Melted Strawberries

    OK, these strawberries aren't quite melted, but baking them alongside Parmesan- and basil-stuffed chicken makes them extra tender and delicious. The cheesy chicken combined with the sweetness of the strawberries makes a completely delectable dinner that's not too bad health-wise, either.

     

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    Triple Berry Salad

    Our favorite three berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries) team up to make this fresh fruit and veggie salad shine. You can add a bit of crunch to this romaine salad by mixing in slivered almonds or another kind of your favorite nuts. If you need to, you can throw together this salad a little early, let it chill in the fridge, and drizzle with homemade dressing just before dinnertime.

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    Strawberry-Beef Summer Salad

    You can never go wrong adding flank steak to salad, especially once it rests in an orange-balsamic marinade! Prep this dish the day before by starting your marinade, then grill your steak and mushrooms the day of. Serve with juicy strawberries, fresh arugula, kiwifruit, and orange slices for a refreshing summer-day dinner.

     

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    Spring Salad

    This salad positively screams spring! Loaded with fresh ingredients like strawberries, green beans, snap peas, and radishes, this easy side dish can brighten any meal. You'll have to be a little patient while it chills in the fridge, but you can also make it up to four hours before serving to save time later.

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    Mojito Berries

    If you want a dessert that's all about the berries, then this easy strawberry recipe is for you! Mimic a tall, icy mojito by rolling strawberries in a mix of honey and lime juice, then sprinkling them with mint leaves and a touch of sugar. That's it! It's much simpler than a full blown mojito, but just as refreshing (and a little healthier, too!).

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    Grilled Bass with Strawberry Salsa

    You can make this mouthwatering grilled bass in less than 30 minutes, but it'll taste like it came from a 5-star restaurant instead of your kitchen! Season with a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper to bring the heat, and top with a homemade strawberry and poblano chile pepper salsa to add plenty of fresh flavor. This meal is so good, you'll be adding it to your weekly rotation after just one bite.

     

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    Grain Pancakes with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce

    Flipping pancakes onto your plate is a surefire way to start your morning off right. Use a mixture of whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and rolled oats to make breakfast a little healthier (no box mix here!), then top with fresh strawberry-rhubarb sauce. Trust us, you won't miss the maple syrup.

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    Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

    If you've never put strawberries and salmon together before, the time to try it is now. This mixed greens salad is topped with salmon, fresh strawberries, crunchy pecans, and a homemade vinaigrette, so every single bite bursts with bright flavors. For even more summer flavor, you can also try making this salad with grilled salmon (instead of from a pouch) or chicken.

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    Wonton Dessert Stacks

    Desserts don't have to be complicated to be irresistibly yummy, and they don't have to be unhealthy, either! These stacked strawberry desserts are layered with crispy wonton wrappers, kiwi fruit, and lemon yogurt. Just sweet enough with a bit of a tang, these stacked treats will keep you coming back for seconds (maybe even thirds!).

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    Fruit Bowl Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing

    It's no secret—fruit salad is one of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh-picked strawberries. Serve your berries alongside a medley of other ripe fruits (we recommend cantaloupe, red grapes, and kiwifruit), and stir together an easy honey and mint dressing to drizzle on top. You can make this fruit salad look a little extra special by using a melon baller to scoop out the cantaloupe, or try cutting your strawberries and kiwi into fun shapes.

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    Layered Spinach and Pot Sticker Salad

    Not only is this gorgeous layered salad hearty enough for a main meal, but you can also drizzle the homemade strawberry vinaigrette over other salads, veggies, and even grilled chicken. Pot stickers help make this dish stand out from the crowd (and make it filling enough for lunch or dinner) while a few spiced chips on top add a zippy crunch that beats plain old croutons any day.

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    Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing

    We all love a good main dish salad, and they're always even better when you make them with ultra-fresh ingredients. This strawberry-spinach salad is no different—you can make it year-round courtesy of your favorite grocery store, but visit your local farmers market in the summer to try it with freshly picked strawberries and spinach. It might just be your favorite meal of the season.

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    Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Manchego Fricos

    Like any salad recipe, this dish has plenty of fresh ingredients (three whole cups of strawberries, plus plenty of baby arugula). But this recipe has something that a lot of salads don't—homemade cheese crisps! Start with Manchego cheese, then crisp it up in a skillet to use as a salad topper. It's a great way to add a taste of indulgence to a super-healthy side.

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    Grilled Strawberry, Tomato, and Chicken Wraps

    Grilled strawberries? Oh yes, we went there! To make these ideal-for-summer wraps, grill red onion and chicken together on one set of skewers, and cherry tomatoes and strawberries together on another. Grilling your strawberries might sound a little strange, but trust us—once you taste their sweet, smoky flavor, you'll be an instant believer!

     

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    Quick-Fried Chicken Salad with Strawberries

    We'll never say no to a taste of fried chicken, and this salad makes indulging in a few crispy, juicy pieces totally guilt-free. Fresh strawberries, salad greens, and radicchio lighten up what might otherwise be a heavy meal, and frying the chicken in just a few tablespoons of oil makes it a bit healthier, too. You won't find strawberry salads this fresh and delicious at any restaurant!

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