We’re now into July, which means strawberry season is in full swing, and fresh Canadian strawberries are plentiful at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and grocery stores.
Although strawberries are grown across the United States, Northern Europe, and some parts of South America throughout the year, there’s nothing quite as sweet and flavourful as a homegrown in-season strawberry. Not only are strawberries loaded with vitamin C and rich in antioxidants, they’re also an incredibly versatile treat.
To make the most of the season, here are 20 delicious recipes for you to try.
This take on the usually tomato-based cold soup blends fresh strawberries, cucumber, raspberries, and lime for a refreshing and subtly sweet treat, perfect for summer entertaining. Recipe here.
Strawberry baked oatmeal
When strawberries are in season, they can be enjoyed at any time of the day. This baked oatmeal serves six, and is perfect for a Sunday brunch or for make-ahead weekday breakfasts. Recipe here.
Coconut strawberry swirl pops
These naturally sweetened popsicles with a tropical swirl will help cool you—and your guests—off on a hot summer day. Recipe here.
Skillet strawberry jam
Unlike most jam, this recipe doesn’t take an entire afternoon or even multiple baskets of strawberries. It’s all made in a skillet and uses just a hint of vanilla bean. Recipe here.
Strawberry jam toaster pastries
Once you’ve made your jam, why not incorporate it into these beauties? They’ll likely fulfill, or maybe even surpass, any cravings you might have for junk food. Recipe here.
Balsamic roasted strawberry bruschetta
This fruitier take on bruschetta features strawberries baked in a balsamic reduction, placed on baguette slices, and smothered in ricotta cheese. Recipe here.
Strawberries and cream smoothie
Strawberries make an excellent addition to any smoothie, providing sweetness and texture. This one tastes like a strawberry milkshake, but is a whole lot healthier. Recipe here.
Strawberry danish bread
If you’re not what to bring to the cottage for a hostess gift, this strawberry Danish bread might be your answer. Recipe here.
Brie bacon and strawberry grilled cheese sandwich
This non-traditional take on the grilled cheese sandwich mixes salty bacon with sweet strawberries and rich, creamy brie. Recipe here.
This light strawberry mousse is as pretty as it is delicious. Best of all? It is entirely and unnoticeably gluten-free, making it easy to accommodate all diets. Recipe here.
Strawberry wonton cups
For a simple and easy way to impress your guests, try these fresh and elegant appetizers. Recipe here.
Strawberry pancakes with vanilla bean mascarpone syrup
These strawberry-stuffed pancakes with creamy syrup will make that big cottage breakfast extra special. Recipe here.
White strawberry lemon sangria
Sangria is the ultimate summer drink. Refreshing, fruity, and flavourful, this strawberry-lemon sangria made with white wine is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Recipe here.
These strawberry ice cubes are a lovely addition to lemonade or sangria and can add a little extra flavour to your sparkling water. Recipe here.
Lemon basil caprese bites
These bites make another easy yet sophisticated-looking hors d’oeuvre. Recipe here.
Strawberry sage mascarpone tart
This tart is a beautiful use of two very different ingredients you’re likely to find at your farmer’s market this spring. Somehow the flavours combine in a subtly sweet way. Recipe here.
Asparagus and strawberry salad
This simple and fresh salad marries two of spring’s best gifts. Recipe here.
Strawberry chiffon shortcake
One of the most traditional uses of strawberries this time of year has to be the ever-popular strawberry shortcake. Recipe here.
Strawberry rhubarb pie
Like in many good relationships, opposites attract. Fresh strawberries complement the rhubarb and the rhubarb harmonizes with the strawberries creating a much-loved classic. Recipe here.