Essential Fresh Strawberry Recipes You'll Love

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Fresh strawberry recipes for easy desserts, delicious brunch dishes, sweet breakfast treats for the kids, and even strawberry appetizers for your next party will help you use up every last berry from the basket.

A collander filled with fresh strawberries about to be rinsed.

These easy fresh strawberry recipes are in our rotation as soon as I spot those gorgeous red berries at the market.

From sweet strawberry desserts to easy fresh strawberry appetizers to juicy strawberry breakfast treats, you'll find fun new ways to use America's favorite summer berry this season.

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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

This easy make ahead potluck party dessert is loaded with fresh strawberries and strawberry-flavored Jello.

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Dessert
Cool and creamy strawberry pretzel salad is the classic summer torte you've had at many church potlucks and backyard parties. Made with a salty pretzel crust and topped with a sweet layer of cream cheese and refreshing strawberry flavored Jell-O and fresh strawberries, this dessert is always a hit at a picnic.
4.67 from 6 votes
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A 9x13-inch pan has finished strawberry pretzel salad for serving, a plate with a single slice and a fork is in front.

Strawberry Bruschetta

Diced fresh strawberries, fresh basil, and crispy homemade crostini. This could be an appetizer, but I call it a summery dinner for sure.

Strawberry Bruschetta
This easy party appetizer recipe is perfect for strawberry season. You can have an elegant apptizer in just minutes!
5 from 1 vote
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2 crostini toasts are topped with diced strawberries and a sprinkle of fresh basil to show the strawberry bruschetta appetizer. A plate of crostini sits in the background.

Strawberry Freezer Jam

There are a million uses for homemade strawberry freezer jam, to name just a few:

  • Drizzle on pancakes
  • Spread on toast
  • Stir into waffle batter
  • Use as a cake filling
  • Spread on a biscuit
Strawberry Freezer Jam
This easy strawberry freezer jam is perfect for beginners or kids to make during peak strawberry season.
5 from 1 vote
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A mason jar filled with homemade strawberry freezer jam has a green plaid spoon sticking out of the top and sits next to a bowl of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

I make this stunning fresh strawberry tart as a show-stopping 4th of July dessert or Memorial Day dessert but it would look right at home on your party table all season long.

Red White and Blue Strawberry Tart
This festive fresh fruit tart is picture perfect for a patriotic summer holiday! Fresh strawberries and blueberries from the farmer's market tops a sweet and creamy custard base in a cookie crust.
4.50 from 4 votes
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A blue plate with a strawberry tart featuring a cookie crust, creamy filling, and fresh summer berries in a red and blue pattern on the top.

Strawberry Cream Pie

This make ahead strawberry cream pie is an excellent 4th of July dessert or Memorial Day dessert, too. I think it makes an excellent family dinner dessert during the summer.

Strawberry Cream Pie
Sweet strawberry cream pie is an easy no bake dessert that uses fresh strawberries and cream cheese. The longer chill time makes this an amazing make ahead dessert to serve at a party.
5 from 38 votes
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The no bake strawberry pie has a graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries on top. It is in a clear pie plate so you can see the crust.

Strawberry Mango Salsa

I first tasted this fresh strawberry mango salsa at a book club party and it has been a favorite ever since. Don't forget the cinnamon pita chips.

Mango Strawberry Salsa
Fresh mango and fresh strawberries come together in this easy to prepare sweet mango strawberry salsa that tastes amazing served with cinnamon pita chips for dunking.
5 from 1 vote
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A bowl of strawberry mango salsa has a blue spoon and cinnamon pita chips on the plate next to it.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

The strawberry dessert your grandma probably made, this is such an easy recipe and it is a classic for a reason.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake
This classic strawberry shortcake is just like the one grandma used to bake. A slightly sweetened shortcake biscuit is filled with fresh strawberries and sugar and topped with whipped cream. An essential summer dessert during strawberry season!
5 from 1 vote
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A classic strawberry shortcake has been split in half with fresh berries and whipped cream.

Strawberry Lemonade

If you've only ever tried store bought strawberry lemonade, you need to try making it from scratch this year.

Strawberry Lemonade
This easy strawberry lemonade recipe is perfect for kids to make for a lemonade stand. Pair this sweet pink lemonade variation with a pitcher of classic lemonade for a fun variety!
4.50 from 2 votes
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A glass of strawberry lemonade has a fresh sprig of mint on the top for garnish and sits next to several slices of fresh lemon.

Strawberry Sauce

Easy strawberry sauce can be drizzled over a plain cheesecake or a chocolate flourless torte for instant strawberry deliciousness.

Strawberry Sauce
Easy strawberry sauce for cheesecake, pancakes, ice cream, and more! This delicious fresh strawberry recipe is the perfect way to use up the sweet berries of the season. Freeze a batch so you can use it all year long.
5 from 2 votes
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A pitcher of strawberry sauce sits on a plate next to fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Chop up a rainbow of fresh veggies and fruits for the most delicious chicken salad you've ever had. Drizzle this fresh strawberry vinaigrette over the top.

Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette
This thick and creamy strawberry vinaigrette is the perfect salad dressing for a chicken and fruit salad.
5 from 1 vote
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A jar of homemade strawberry vinaigrette sits next to a plate full of rainbow salad with fresh strawberries, carrots, pineapple, purple cabbage, blueberries, chicken, and lettuce.

Strawberry Granola Parfaits

Pile up your favorite yogurt and my crispy homemade granola and just add a handful of chopped fresh strawberries for a healthy breakfast you'll turn to again and again.

Homemade Granola
This deliciously crispy homemade granola has hints of cinnamon and vanilla, crunchy almonds, and chewy raisins. Perfect for topping a yogurt parfait for an above-average weekday breakfast or a special addition to your brunch menu.
5 from 1 vote
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A bowl of yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh strawberries sits on a blue napkin.

Strawberry Popsicles

Puree fresh or frozen strawberries to make these easy fruit and yogurt pops with the kids.

Sweet Firecracker Popsicles
These homemade popsicles feature fresh berries and yogurt. The adorable red, white, and blue colors are perfect for a 4th of July treat for the kids.
5 from 1 vote
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Red, white, and blue firecracker popsicles are stacked on a plate. They have a green plastic handle.

Strawberry Kiwi Cake

The strawberry Jello in the poke cake sets the flavor base but top the whipped topping frosting with piles of fresh strawberries to put it right over the edge!

Strawberry Kiwi Cake
Cool and refreshing, this fruity poke cake features Jell-o and a whipped topping and is perfectly delicious straight out of the fridge.
5 from 1 vote
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A square slice of strawberry kiwi cake shows the red Jello poke stripes, fluffy whipped topping, and has two thin slices of fresh kiwi on top for garnish.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

My pink lemonade cake is so delicious when you chill it. Add lots of fresh strawberries for decoration on the top.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake
This perfectly portable 9x13 pink lemonade cake is an awesome potluck party dessert. Bright and tart, it is delicious straight out of the fridge ice cold but can be served at room temperature, too.
5 from 1 vote
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A square slice of strawberry lemonade sheet cake with a fork taking a bite. The frosting is pale pink with little pastel sprinkles.

Strawberry French Toast

Use my strawberry freezer jam or strawberry sauce to drizzle over this fluffy french toast recipe. Add whipped cream and fresh strawberries for garnish.

French Toast
This crispy French toast is perfect for serving family style. Keep the entire batch warm in the oven until you're ready to serve. The rich vanilla custard batter makes the sweetest, most delicious French toast ever.
5 from 1 vote
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Crispy french toast slices on a platter sprinkled with powdered sugar and a cup of maple syrup on the side.

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

Bake a batch of your favorite box mix cupcakes. Use a spoon to carve out a small well in the top of each cupcake. Fill with my strawberry freezer jam or strawberry sauce and place the scoop of cake back into place.

Frost the cupcakes with my easy chocolate cream cheese frosting and garnish with a whole strawberry on top.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Rich and delicious chocolate cream cheese frosting is a tangy way to top a vanilla birthday cake or cupcakes and is so easy to make.
5 from 39 votes
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Cupcakes topped with a swirl of chocolate cream cheese frosting sit on a baker's rack next to a piping bag filled with frosting.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Spread a layer of my strawberry freezer jam or strawberry sauce over the layer of cream cheese, top with the second layer of crescent roll dough and bake as directed.

Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars
Layers of flaky crescent rolls surround a creamy cheesecake filling topped with a crispy cinnamon sugar coating. This easy dessert tastes like two treats in one: a delicious rich and creamy cheesecake and a crispy cinnamon churro!
4.98 from 37 votes
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Two churro cheesecake bars are stacked on a blue and white plate in front of the baking dish of treats.

Strawberry Waffles

Use my strawberry freezer jam or strawberry sauce to drizzle over freshly griddled buttermilk waffles. Add plenty of fresh strawberries and whipped cream on the side.

Easy Buttermilk Waffles
These sweetly spiced vanilla buttermilk waffles are a perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings or for a relaxing weekend brunch. Kids can reheat them in the toaster for fresh and crispy waffles all week long.
5 from 1 vote
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A white plate is filled with buttermilk waffles.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip

Pile up the fresh strawberries and a small bowl of mini chocolate chips. Dunk the berries in this cheesecake dip and roll in the chocolate chips. YUM.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip with Cookie Crumble Topping
This easy strawberry cheesecake dip is made from cream cheese and marshmallow fluff but has a delicious cookie crumble topping that tastes amazing when you dip fresh fruit into it!
5 from 1 vote
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A heart shaped dish of strawberry cheesecake dip has cookie crumbles on top and is surrounded by fresh strawberries for dunking.
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