Summer is all about eating the fresh fruits and vegetables that you can get at your local farmers market. Strawberries, blueberries, apricots, and pears are just some of the delicious fruits that are in season for the month of July. Fruits are healthy, delicious, and juicy — they keep you feeling refreshed. Plus, fruits make great additions to so many different kinds of recipes: drinks, entrées, and desserts. This week, we decided to make a classic summer fruit the star of SWAT (Sharing With A Theme) — strawberries.
We asked The Daily Meal Culinary Content Network members to share their best summer strawberry recipes, and the results will make you berry happy. We received over 40 submissions — here are the highlights.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
If you’re looking for a healthy lunch, try a strawberry spinach salad. It takes no time to throw together, and you can even make your own dressing at home. Allie Taylor of Through Her Looking Glass blends together vinegar, sugar, onion, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds for a tangy and sweet dressing to top your salad with.
Smoked Strawberry Shortcake with Smoked Bacon Biscuits
When you’re smoking brisket, don’t forget to leave a little spot for your strawberries, too. For this recipe, Mary Cressler of Vindulge Blog smokes strawberries and makes a jam to top her shortcake with. This strawberry shortcake takes a turn from the classic, but is still wildly delicious — the berries have a sweet, savory, smoky flavor that we think you’ll love.
Mocha Ricotta Pie with Strawberries
This recipe has a crunchy shortbread crust, a rich and creamy ricotta filling with chocolate and coffee, and is topped with juicy ripe strawberries — we just had to name it the winner of this week’s SWAT. It screams indulgence. Strawberries are a delicious and healthy fruit that we all love, and when Becky Winkler of A Calculated Whisk puts it on top of a chocolate mocha pie we need to have a slice — or two.
Can’t get enough strawberries? Don’t worry! We have more delicious desserts and drinks that are jam-packed with the summery fruit.
Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa
This recipe has acidity, spice, and sweetness — everything you require in an afternoon snack. This salsa has many of the same ingredients as tomato-based salsa: cilantro, onions, lemon juice, and garlic. Just omit the tomatoes and add in strawberries. Enjoy with chips or use as a topping for fish or chicken. Click here for the recipe.
Strawberry Key Limeade Cocktail
Looking for a cocktail to make at your next summer party? This one is perfect — it’s a sweet, tart, and refreshing drink that gets garnished with strawberries and lime. Have everyone serve themselves from a large pitcher. Click here for the recipe.