Written by Abbie Stutzer
There are few foods that taste as marvelous as fresh organic strawberries. This bright red berry is wonderfully sweet and delicately tart. It's also packed with antioxidants and health-boosting phenols. So, basically, it's perfect.
Although you can eat strawberries in any state and they'll be tasty (seriously - green strawberries are yummy, too), we've rounded up a few of our favorite strawberry recipes that have appeared on Organic Authority. So, go ahead and give the grilled strawberry kebabs, or pasta with strawberry sauce a try - you won't be disappointed.
1. Fresh Strawberry & Spinach Salad Recipe
This one's a classic, but it still merits a second look if you haven't prepared it in a while. It's full of greens, strawberries, poppy seeds, pecans, and more.
Get the recipe: Fresh Strawberry & Spinach Salad Recipe
Image: Weldon Owen Publishing
2. Spiked Strawberry Iced Tea Recipe
This strawberry-infused iced tea is as cooling as it is relaxing. It's a perfect addition to an at-home girls cocktail night.
Get the recipe: Spiked Strawberry Iced Tea Recipe
3. Fresh Strawberry Granita Recipe
This cool, refreshing strawberry recipe is the perfect cap to any summer meal. Granitas are easy to make, and the leftovers (as if you'll have any) will keep well for a few days.
Get the recipe: Fresh Strawberry Granita Recipe
Image: Sheri Giblin
4. Vegan Strawberry Empanadas Recipe
Make your morning meal more interesting by baking up a batch of Vegan Strawberry Empanadas. These sweet treats are light and fruity, and are perfect when paired with coffee, or breakfast tea.
Get the recipe: Vegan Strawberry Empanadas Recipe
Image: Kristi Arnol
5. Do It The Old-Fashioned Way: A Real Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
This strawberry shortcake is the real deal. It's full of natural ingredients, real cream and crumbly biscuits. You'll never eat the unauthentic stuff again.
Get the recipe: Do It The Old-Fashioned Way: A Real Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Image: Kimberley Stakal
6. Organic Strawberry Rose Geranium Ice Cream Recipe, Drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar
This may sound a bit odd, but we swear - fresh-made strawberry ice cream drizzled with a balsamic vinegar glaze is heavenly. Get some organic strawberries, some high-quality balsamic vinegar, gather the other ingredients, and get to mixin'.
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7. Go Green! 5 Green Strawberries Recipes
Did you know that strawberries can be consumed when they are green? These firm berries give sweet and savory meals an extra flavorful kick.
Get the recipes: Go Green! 5 Green Strawberries Recipes
8. Fresh Strawberry Recipe Atop Summer Pasta
Yes, that's right. This pasta sauce contains strawberries. When sweet strawberries are paired with balsamic vinegar, tomato puree, garlic, and Italian herbs, the berries help make this rustic pasta sauce masterpiece.
Get the recipe: Fresh Strawberry Recipe Atop Summer Pasta
9. Grilled Strawberry Kebabs Recipe with Basil
The picture says it all for this one. These lightly grilled strawberry and basil kebabs make a wonderful sweet side dish for any backyard cookout.
Get the recipe: Grilled Strawberry Kebabs Recipe with Basil
10. Seasonal Strawberry Yogurt Scones Recipe
These scones will brighten any overcast summer morning. They are light and not too filling - a perfect meal choice for the early morning hours.
Get the recipe: Seasonal Strawberry Yogurt Scones Recipe
11. Meyer Lemon and Herbed Goat Cheese Salad Recipe with Strawberry Rhubarb Vinaigrette
This fresh salad is full of fresh greens, citrus-y lemon and rich goat cheese. It's perfect served at dinner or lunch.
Image: David Christian
12. Chilled Strawberry Soup
This recipe makes for a perfect desert on a steamy July night. The soup is packed with strawberries, and full of light flavors, including mint, orange, and vanilla.
Get the recipe: Chilled Strawberry Soup
13. I Can Naturally Whiten My Teeth With WHAT? (yes strawberries are on that list)
We know, we know. This isn't exactly a recipe. But it is another awesome fact about this luscious berry. Strawberries can, indeed, help whiten your teeth. Read all about how to use this berry to whiten your teeth here: I Can Naturally Whiten My Teeth With WHAT?
Image: Nanny Snowflake
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