57 Ways to Use Strawberries That You Have Never Thought Of

We love strawberries. We will eat them out of hand as a snack, slice into a fruit salad, dip them in chocolate (of course), and every year we make strawberry shortcake, but this berry is so versatile, for both sweet and savory dishes. Strawberry Salsa? Yup. The Strawberry Bread might not look like much, but folks have said it is now their favorite quick bread – even over banana bread! We’ve got main dishes, BBQ sauce (you have to try it), salads, beverages, snacks and desserts. Even frozen desserts, vegan and vegetarian options. Check these out: Strawberry Tamales, Pickled Strawberries, Lemon Strawberry Blondies, Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza With Goat Cheese, Strawberries, Spinach, & Ricotta, a Vegan Strawberry Matcha Latte, Strawberry Mochi, and so many more.

Strawberry Yogurt Granola Pops

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Popsicles for breakfast? When they are a combination of yogurt, fruit, and granola, we say why not? You will need a popsicle mold for this recipe. Get the recipe for Strawberry Yogurt Granola Pops.

Strawberry Bread

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You have recipes for banana bread, but how about strawberry bread? This one came from a community member and surprised us all! The color might not be vivid, but the flavor of strawberries comes through in every bite. Get the recipe for Strawberry Bread.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Meringue Cake

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This cake is gluten-free as well as low FODMAP and dairy free! Layers of crisp meringue with coconut whipped cream, coconut chips and fresh strawberries make this special occasion cake one to look forward to. Get the recipe for Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Meringue Cake.

Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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This Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce is sweet, spicy, tangy, with fantastic depth of flavor. You will love it on poultry, pork (try it with ribs!), shrimp – we have even whisked a little bit into salad dressing. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Lemonade

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Old-fashioned, homemade lemonade with the addition of strawberry purée creates this beautiful sunset colored beverage that is beloved by young and old. This drink screams summer cookout! Get the recipe for Strawberry Lemonade.

Low FODMAP Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad with Avocado

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This pasta salad was very well received. Gluten-free pasta is combined with juicy, sweet strawberries, salty feta, lush avocado and a creamy Greek yogurt dressing. Get the recipe.

Spinach Salad With Hot Bacon Dressing, Chicken & Strawberries

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This Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing is a fantastic warm-weather dinner, or a very hearty lunch. The salty blue cheese, sweet strawberries, tender chicken and crisp bacon are a combo you will want to revisit again and again. Get the recipe for Spinach Salad With Hot Bacon Dressing, Chicken & Strawberries.

Strawberry Rose Tart

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This tart is all about the berries – cut into little rose shapes. It is a little fiddly, as you will be making several cuts into each berry, but it is so pretty and always brings on exclamations from those lucky enough to be served this lovely tart. The base is a sweet tart crust, and the filling is a classic pastry cream. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rose Tart. 

Strawberry Salsa

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Salsa is not just made from tomatoes! We know this sounds odd, but try this salsa – yes, with corn chips – and we think you will be pleasantly surprised. Use the reddest, sweetest berries you can find. Get the recipe for Strawberry Salsa.

Strawberry Cornmeal Yogurt Skillet Cake

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This is an easy-to-make cake, baked in a skillet, with a rustic homespun texture from the cornmeal, and a slight tang from yogurt. Get the recipe for Strawberry Cornmeal Yogurt Skillet Cake.

Strawberry Arnold Palmer

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An Arnold Palmer is half black iced tea and half lemonade. Here we add strawberry purée for an incredibly refreshing beverage. Get the recipe for Strawberry Arnold Palmer.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler   

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Cobblers are an easy dessert to make, especially when they are the kind that feature a drop-biscuits style topping, such as this one. The sweet juicy strawberries, and sweet and tart rhubarb are a classic combination, which works quite well with the buttery and rich cobbler topping. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Strawberries and rhubarb are two spring fruit that have a natural affinity for one another. Here they are brought together underneath a brown sugar and oat-based crunchy crisp topping. Try this at breakfast or brunch with a dollop of unsweetened yogurt. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. 

Vegan & Low FODMAP Strawberry Peach Coconut Crisp

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This gluten-free and vegan Strawberry Peach Coconut Crisp features strawberries with yellow peaches nestled under a brown sugar oat crisp topping – that happens to be made with coconut oil. Coconut flakes are added to the topping, too. With or without a dollop of lactose-free or vegan) vanilla ice cream or yogurt, this is a fantastic homestyle dessert, that also happens to be very easy to make. Get the recipe for Vegan & Low FODMAP Strawberry Peach Coconut Crisp.

Pineapple Strawberry Prosecco

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Pineapple and strawberries add color and flavor to a glass of prosecco. Get the recipe for Pineapple Strawberry Prosecco.

Strawberry Granita

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Strawberries, water, and sugar, along with time in the freezer, create this delectable and refreshing strawberry granita. No ice cream maker needed. Get the recipe for Strawberry Granita.

Vegan Strawberry Tiramisu

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Delicious vegan strawberry tiramisu with layers of homemade ladyfingers, and vegan mascarpone with fresh strawberry confit. Completely eggless, dairy-free, and nut-free. Get the recipe.

Vegan Kaiserschmarrn

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Vegan Kaiserschmarrn – a classic fluffy dessert from Austria that could be described as shredded pancakes, topped with powdered sugar, and served with a fruit compote. In this vegan but still authentic recipe, Kaiserschmarrn does not contain any eggs at all. Instead, it is prepared with aquafaba, which brings it very close to the original. On the side, there is a strawberry and rhubarb compote. I am happy to share with you my recipe in English and show you how to make a veganized version of delicious Austrian Kaiserschmarrn. Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Dehydrated Strawberries

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Want to know how to make air fryer dehydrated strawberries? This recipe will teach you to make sweet, crisp strawberries in the air fryer that are great for everything from granola to ice cream to snacking! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Tamales 

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Strawberry Tamales are irresistible sweet treats. These Tamales de Fresa are made up of a combination of fresh ripe fruit and fluffy masa dough. Get the recipe.

Raspados Mexicanos

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Raspados Mexicanos (Strawberry Raspado Recipe) is a heavenly combination of shaved ice and sweet strawberry syrup, perfect for beating the heat. You’ll fall in love with this Mexican treat! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans is your new favorite salad that doesn’t taste like a salad. It’s full of fresh fruit, tossed in a little lemon and olive oil, and garnish with candied pecans and gorgonzola cheese for a nice sweet and savory twist! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Macarons

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Strawberries are one of those fruits that I can eat year round. So, I decided to whip up this strawberry macaron recipe. It’s a vanilla macaron cookie filled with buttercream with real strawberries and a strawberry jam filling! Super tasty cookies bursting with strawberry flavor – you can’t go wrong. Get the recipe.

Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby with Strawberry Hibiscus Syrup

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This Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby is the perfect special occasion breakfast! Super easy and topped with a delicious strawberry hibiscus syrup. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Thyme Blondies

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I love strawberries. LOVE them. The thing is…I’d much rather just eat them raw than ever bake with them. If you search my recipes, you’ll find almost every strawberry recipe uses fresh, raw strawberries, because that’s my jam (pun intended). 😉 So, when I set out to make something new, I looked at the pan of strawberries I was about to cook down and said “this had better be worth it!!” out loud. Well, they so, SO are. These Strawberry Thyme Blondies are a new family favorite, and I hope you’ll love them, too! Get the recipe.

Homemade Strawberry Peanut Butter

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Kick your peanut butter & jelly sandwiches up a notch with this gorgeous PINK Homemade Strawberry Peanut Butter! Fresh peanuts and dehydrated strawberries are blended together to create a sweet and dreamy spread. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Mochi

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Strawberry Mochi (Ichigo Daifuku) are sweet and chewy treats featuring mochi stuffed with ripe strawberries and a sweet Japanese bean paste. These delicious delights are surprisingly easy to make and are a tasty way to celebrate strawberry season! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Lemon Coleslaw

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This Strawberry Lemon Coleslaw has the perfect balance of flavors and is the perfect summer side dish. It is sweet , savor and tangy all at once . I have been making this salad for years and this is what it has evolved into. Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Flatbread Pizza With Goat Cheese, Strawberries, Spinach, & Ricotta 

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Air fryer naan pizza is a quick and easy recipe. It’s made with air-fried naan bread and any of your favorite toppings. We used strawberries, spinach, ricotta, and goat cheese for this recipe–such a tasty combination! Get the recipe.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese With Goat Cheese and Strawberries

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Everyone loves a hot and melty grilled cheese, and today we have a delicious twist on your old favorite. For this recipe, you can skip the cheddar. Our grilled cheese with goat cheese and strawberries is a grown-up gourmet sandwich that you’re going to love. If you’ve had goat cheese and strawberry salad, you know these flavors are a match made in heaven! Get the recipe.

Easy Watermelon Basil Salad with Strawberries and Feta

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This watermelon salad recipe is the perfect summer salad to add to any meal. I even love serving this as a side dish or a snack.

The best part is that this is such an easy recipe! The combination of sweet watermelon and strawberries with the feta is the perfect balance. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

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This Strawberry Cucumber Salad is the perfect sweet and savory side dish or lunch option. It’s delicious, filling and fresh! Get the recipe.

Cream Cheese Strawberry French Toast

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Custard-y French Toast, filled with cream cheese and berries, makes Cream Cheese Strawberry French Toast a special breakfast that’s easy and tasty. Get the recipe.

Ruby Red Summer Fruit Salad

Ruby red fruit salad.
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July’s birthstone is the ruby. Seems like no coincidence that the brightest of red fruits are at their peak by the middle of the month. Strawberries and cherries are wrapping up their seasons just as the fresh raspberries and watermelons are making their first appearances at farm stands. Make the most of this short overlap with this healthy, beautiful and simple fruit salad. Peak-season fruit is already bursting with flavour, so a dusting of fresh mint and lime zest is all that’s needed to bring together this perfect summertime side dish. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Jalapeño Jam

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This stunning ruby red Strawberry Jalapeño Jam is the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and delicious! It is equally amazing on anything from a charcuterie board to a burger or waffle topping. The recipe includes three methods of preservation from simple refrigeration to water bath canning, making it perfect for anyone from beginners to seasoned pros. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie

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Refreshing, delicious, and nutritious, this pomegranate smoothie recipe is the healthy drink you need this Fall. It’s a great option for getting vitamin B, vitamin C, and other important nutrients. Best of all, you only need a few simple ingredients to make this healthy smoothie recipe! Get the recipe.

Lemon Strawberry Blondies

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These are intensely lemon-flavored bars with strawberry chunks and a finger-licking berry glaze. An amazing combination that will have everyone coming back for more! A sibling to the popular lemon blondies, this recipe uses simple ingredients, keeps well for several days and can be frozen. Get the recipe.

Grilled Brie Appetizer & Balsamic Strawberries

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This Grilled Brie Appetizer with Balsamic Strawberries is the perfect, ridiculously easy appetizer for your next cook-out! Sweet from the strawberries, a bit of tart from the balsamic and so creamy. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette made using only 4 ingredients.  Takes less than 10 minutes to make and perfect healthy dressing for lunch or dinner salad recipe. Get the recipe

Strawberry Fruit Pizza (With Glazed Strawberries)

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This strawberry pizza has a sweet buttery sugar cookie crust topped with cream cheese frosting then finished with fresh glazed strawberries for the sweetest dessert. Strawberry pizza is great for a party or for strawberry season, and is the best cross between a strawberry pie and fruit pizza! Get the recipe.

Keto Sugar Free Strawberry Jam

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Learn how to make keto chia jam with 2 simple ingredients! This EASY sugar free strawberry jam recipe is sweet, thick, and just 2g sugar per serving. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Protein Bliss Balls

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These Strawberry Protein Bliss Balls are not only perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat with their romantic pink color and luscious strawberry flavor but also ideal for any time of the year when you’re craving a wholesome and satisfying snack. Get the recipe.

Vegan Strawberry Matcha Latte

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Layers of fresh strawberry puree, non-dairy milk, and vivid green tea come together to create this refreshing vegan iced Strawberry Matcha Latte. So skip the Starbucks and enjoy this lightly sweetened tea drink made with fresh strawberries that’s easy to prepare in 5 minutesGet the recipe.

Healthy Mini Strawberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

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Fresh strawberry mini muffins with a streusel topping are my absolute favorite way to enjoy the abundance of strawberries during strawberry season! These muffins are sweet, have a nice soft crumb, and burst with fresh strawberries in every bite. The entire recipe is gluten-free and made with whole grains. Plus, your healthy muffins are done from start to finish in under 30 minutes! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

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Make fancy donuts at home with these strawberry cheesecake donuts! Perfect for any special occasion or just a rainy day at home! These donuts are baked in the oven with a toasted Graham cracker crumble for a crunchy texture that makes them taste like they are fried! Then they are dipped in a strawberry glaze and topped with a creamy cheesecake frosting. YUM. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip

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This Strawberry Cheesecake Dip is made with just 5 ingredients and with a healthy twist! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Lemon Gin Granita 

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If you’re looking for a delicious way to cool down on a hot summer day, look no further. This Strawberry Lemon Gin Granita is refreshing with lots of fresh strawberries, botanical gin, and a squeeze of lemon juice!

The understated kick from the gin makes it perfect during these hot days during cocktail hour or as an end-of-the-night adult treat. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Crisp

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One dessert that I enjoy no matter what the season is fruit crisps. Think fresh strawberries in a baking dish sprinkled with an old fashioned oats crisp topping. There’s nothing like it! Get the recipe.

No-Bake Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake

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Celebrate those sunny summer days with this boozy strawberry margarita cheesecake! It’s the perfect mix of tangy and sweet with a subtle tequila and Cointreau kicker. And best of all, no need to turn on the oven with this no-bake beauty! Get the recipe.

Pickled Strawberries

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No canning is required for these simple pickled strawberries; you just make a pickling liquid and pour it on top. These are the perfect blend of tangy and sweet. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Caprese Salad

strawberry salad.
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This simple and delicious Strawberry Caprese Salad is a fresh update on a classic that you will want to enjoy all summer long! Get the recipe.

Grilled Peanut Butter Sandwiches 

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Get ready for the best peanut butter sandwich you will ever have! These Grilled Peanut Butter Sandwiches with fresh Bananas and Strawberries are absolutely amazing. The crispy toasted bread, melted gooey peanut butter, fresh fruit, is so good together with a drizzle of honey for a touch of sweetness.

If you’ve never toasted your peanut butter sandwiches, you’ve GOT to try these!! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Madeleines

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These cute little strawberry madeleines use real strawberry puree for flavor and color. A perfect pink treat that’s sweet, but not too sweet!

I love madeleines. They’re a wonderful little snack that work great as a teacake and a dessert. These strawberry madeleines in particular are great with an afternoon coffee. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Burfi | Strawberry Milk Fudge

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This is a classic barfi infused with the freshness of strawberries. This recipe uses both fresh strawberry puree and freeze-dried strawberries to intensify the strawberry flavors. It is perfect for your next celebration or Diwali festivity. Get the recipe.


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You’ve got to try this delicious candied fruit recipe, tanghulu. It’s originally a Chinese recipe made with Chinese hawthorn berries but I’ll show you how to make it with strawberries. 

Like anything with sugar work, you have to work quickly and have everything prepped in advance, but it is possible to make a perfect tanghulu recipe. 

You’ll make a hard crack sugar candy coating for your fruit. When you bite into it, it has a wonderful crunch! It’s so fun to eat. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

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Celebrate in style with this Strawberry Ice Cream Cake! It’s better than store-bought, guaranteed!! Filled with vanilla and strawberry ice cream, plus crushed Chocolate cookies and fudge, this is sure to be a big crowd-pleaser! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Cappuccino Ice Cream

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A little sweet treat with a buzz! Strawberry Cappuccino Ice Cream that’s just 3 ingredients, gluten-free, and vegan. A healthy and fun-flavored dessert you whip up right in your blender! Get the recipe.


  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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