11 Ways to Use Fresh Strawberries Before They Go Bad
It’s officially summer, which means strawberries have taken center stage. In the early summer, they hit peak ripeness—they’re strikingly red, dribble-down-your-chin juicy, and oh-so sweet.
So, put your techniques for unripe strawberries on the backburner and start freezing in-season strawberries for next year. It’s finally summertime, and we’re using the season’s bounty of sweet-as-candy strawberries to add flavor to everything we make. Here are 11 ways to use that gallon-sized tub from the market before they go bad.
Sip Strawberry Cocktails
There’s nothing quite like sitting poolside with a refreshing cocktail. This Strawberry-Lime Rickey is a win for gin lovers, but also makes a delicious mocktail when the liquor is omitted.
Try this Strawberry and Watermelon Punch with Lime and Tarragon for a fruity and herbaceous cocktail, or dazzle your friends with a fancy Roasted Strawberry Margarita with Aquafaba Whip. If you’re more of a wine person, these Strawberry Rose Wine Slushies will cool off any hot day.
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Spend girls night in with a big bottle of wine and some decadent Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. The key is adding some variety—like fun toasted coconut, granola, or candy—to coat the outside of the berries.
Whip up a Strawberry Dessert
Finishing off a summer cookout with an elegant strawberry dessert can be game changing for an event. This show-stopping Strawberry, Basil, and Balsamic Slablova and Strawberry Tart with Quinoa-Almond Crust are almost too pretty to eat. You can also use up other summer fruits with these Berry Lemonade Bars.
Serve a Strawberry Breakfast
Toss that box of strawberry toaster pastries, and Use an Air Fryer to Make Healthier Strawberry “Pop Tarts.” Or take weekend pancakes to a new level with this Dutch Baby with Strawberries and Pistachios.
Poach Strawberries in Rose
Make Strawberry-Topped Bowls
If you’ve never considered bulgur for breakfast—think again. This 10-minute Strawberry Bulgur Bowl is essential to your morning menu. Or, if you’re really into strawberry smoothies, try this Blueberry-Strawberry Smoothie Bowl; it uses creamy avocado to achieve milkshake-like consistency.
Slice Into Strawberry Salsa
Think outside the tomato-and-onion box the next time you make salsa. Spoon this Strawberry-Shallot Salsa over any type of protein to achieve the perfect balance of sweet, fresh, and savory. These Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry-Avocado Salsa use jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice for more traditional salsa flavor.
Create Depth by Roasting Strawberries
Once you start roasting strawberries, it’ll change your world. Top your protein with roasted berries like we do in our Spring Lamb with Fennel, Rhubarb, and Strawberries, or sprinkle them on a summery salad like we do in our Roasted Strawberry Salad with Prosciutto and Golden Beets.
Brighten a Strawberry Salad
Fresh berries are the perfect addition to any summer salad. Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans or Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Feta are the perfect packable lunches for hot days. You can also add fresh berries to a simple Berry and Walnut Salad for a summer appetizer or side dish.
Add Freshness to a Strawberry Grain Bowl
Add fresh berries to your grain bowl for a sweet and tart surprise. We especially love Grilled Lamb Chops with Wheat Berry, Strawberry, and Lacinato Kale Salad or a simpler Wheat Better, Spinach, and Strawberry Salad. Want to drop the leafy greens? Make a Strawberry Cucumber Tabbouleh salad.
Blend Into Strawberry Soup (Yes, Really!)
Strawberries pair beautifully with other summer produce such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Blend them together for a delightful (cold) summer soup—we love this Strawberry Gazpacho on sweltering days.