Strawberry Gazpacho

Strawberry Gazpacho

This Strawberry Gazpacho is a great dish made with California Strawberries! This dish is easy to make and delicious too! This is a nice soup that will make a good addition to any meal.

Strawberry Gazpacho
Serves: 8 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs fresh California strawberries, stemmed and chopped
  • ¾ lb plum tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ lb english cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • ½ cup Sherry vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper as needed
Instructions
  1. In blender, purée strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, jalapeños and vinegar.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.

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Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche

Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche

This Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche is a great take on classic ceviche

This cool and elegant appetizer perfectly blends freshness with sweet, savory flavors and a dash of spice.

Recipe:

Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche
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Ingredients
Ceviche
  • ¾ lb cooked peeled shrimp
  • 1½ cups peeled seeded diced cucumber
  • ¾ cup diced red onion
  • 1½ tbspn chopped, seeded jalapeno peppers
  • 1½ cups (about ¼ pound) quartered, stemmed California strawberries
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
Ceviche Dressing
  • ¼ cup chopped, stemmed California strawberries
  • ¼ cup chopped plum tomato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped, seeded jalapeno peppers
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. To make Ceviche dressing: in blender or food processor, purée all ingredients until smooth.
  2. In large bowl, toss shrimp, cucumber, onion and peppers with Ceviche dressing.
  3. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes but no more than 4 hours.
  4. Just before serving, add strawberries and cilantro; mix gently but thoroughly.
  5. Makes 6 appetizer servings.
Notes
Diabetes Exchanges: Fruit 0.25, Vegetable 0.5, Very Lean Meat 2, Fat 1

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Strawberry & Avocado Flatbread

Are you a flatbread fan? Then we have the recipe for you! Try this Buckwheat Flatbread with Strawberries, Avocado and Herbs from our friend at Cowgirl Chef.

This flatbread uses half buckwheat and half regular flour. Instead of tomatoes used as a topping, strawberries are the star of this flatbread, and offer a bit of a surprise to a savory dish. Plus, a serving of eight strawberries is packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients, including potassium, folate and fiber.

Give this recipe a try and enjoy!

 

Buckwheat Flatbreads with Strawberries, Avocado and Herbs
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Ingredients
  • 1 package yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbls olive oil + 1 tablespoon for the bowl
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1¼ cups bread flour
  • 16 oz ricotta
  • 1 pint California strawberries
  • 1 avocado
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • A few sprigs of fresh chives
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the first 5 ingredients in your mixer bowl and stir to combine. Let rest for 5 minutes or until the mixture is foamy. Add the flours. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky and releases from the bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil to a medium bowl, transfer the dough to the bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours, or let rest overnight.
  3. When you’re ready to make the flatbreads, pull the dough out of the fridge, and let it come to room temperature. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
  4. Half-cook the flatbreads. Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured board, and put into a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. When the first side bubbles, flip it over and cook for a few more seconds, until very lightly browned — remember, you’re only cooking these halfway. Remove and stack on a plate. Repeat with the remaining flatbreads.
  5. Save time: Make the flatbreads in advance, and keep them in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer.
  6. Preheat the oven to broil. Put the 4 flatbreads on a baking sheet. Spread 2 tablespoonsful of ricotta on each one. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp on the edges.
  7. Hull and thinly slice the strawberries, and add them to the flatbreads.
  8. Dice the avocado, and add one-fourth to each of the 4 flatbreads.
  9. Chop the herbs and scatter them on top. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Spicy Strawberry Gazpacho

Spicy Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe

If you could pull your eyes away from this beautiful photo, you may want to try this unique and flavorful gazpacho recipe, created by Kankana at Playful Cooking.

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

 

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho
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Serves: 3 cups
 
This Spicy Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho had roasted cumin seeds, fennel seeds and a few dashes of hot sauce for that lovely earthy spicy flavor. I just mixed everything and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so, before blending it to a smooth consistency. Making gazpacho is so easy! It’s a perfect summer treat for sure.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 3 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tsp tabasco or hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt plus more to sprinkle while serving
  • Few basil leaves and slices of strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place a small pan on medium high heat and when it’s hot enough, scatter the fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Dry roast for a few seconds by shaking the pan every now and then. Once the color of the spices changes to a mildly darker shade, switch off the heat. Put the roasted spice in a mortar pestle and crush it to a fine dust.
  2. Take a big mixing bowl and drop the strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, half of the onion, roasted and powdered spice, hot sauce, vinegar, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Mix it properly. Cover the bowl with a clear wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Take it out of the refrigerator and blend it to a smooth consistency.
  4. Garnish with rest of the chopped red onion, strawberry slices and basil leaves. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top and drizzle extra virgin olive oil.


Strawberry Ceviche Boats

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

Check out this unique – and tasty – strawberry ceviche avocado boats recipe from our friend Kendra Cordoza at Paleo Pazarazzi!

We’re always looking for new, unexpected ways to incorporate strawberries into our diets. Just one serving of eight strawberries is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants. How could we not want to enjoy eight strawberries a day?

 

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats   Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

 

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats
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Ingredients
  • 1 lbs of raw shrimp, deveined (can use cooked)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ¾ c. strawberries, diced
  • ½ c. white onion, diced
  • 1-2 rounded tbsp. jalapeño, diced
  • ½ c. lime juice (enough to cover shrimp so they cook evenly)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lime juice on top, sprinkle salt on them, place on a serving dish and set aside.
  2. Chop shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a medium, shallow container, add the shrimp, lime juice, strawberries, onions, cilantro and jalapeño. Let marinate until the shrimp is no longer see-through but opaque, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. After shrimp has marinated, add salt and pepper to taste and mix the ceviche well.
  4. Add the ceviche to the center of each avocado boat. Garnish with more cilantro, lime juice, strawberries and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve chilled.

 


Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

A Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe with a California Strawberries twist!

These spring rolls with strawberries are a refreshing change from the usual fried variety and are a wonderfully healthy appetizer.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (about 2 ounces) sliced stemmed California strawberries
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Vietnamese fish sauce
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
Spring Rolls
  • ¾ lb cooked shelled shrimp
  • ¾ tsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 8 spring roll wrappers
  • 16 mint leaves
  • 16 cilantro sprigs
  • ¾ cup (about 3 ounces) quartered stemmed California strawberries
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded cucumber cut into 2 x ¼ x ⅛-inch strips
Instructions
  1. To make Strawberry Dipping Sauce, in blender or food processor, purée strawberries, vinegar, oil, sugar, and fish sauce until smooth. Add chili flakes; blend until chili flakes are mixed in but still visible. To make Spring Rolls, in bowl, toss shrimp with vinegar; set aside.
  2. Dip 1 wrapper into very hot water for a few seconds until soft and flexible; blot on towel to remove excess water. Place 2 mint leaves, 2 cilantro sprigs, 3 pieces strawberry, 3 shrimp and 3 cucumber strips in a line down the center of wrapper. Fold bottom over filling, fold in sides and roll up into tight cylinder. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 8 rolls.
  3. Serve each roll with 1 tablespoon strawberry Dipping Sauce. Makes 8 spring rolls.
Notes
Rolls may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Place in single layer on plastic wrap-lined pan, cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until needed.

Diabetes Exchanges: Starch 0.5, Fruit 0.25, Very Lean Meat 1.5, Fat 0.5

 

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Strawberry & Ricotta Crostini

Strawberry Ricotta & Herb Crostini

This Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe is a great snack.

It’s always a good time for entertaining and I love using strawberries to create simple, light party snacks that my guests will love. I’m a firm believer that hosting gatherings should be fun for me in addition to the attendees so I never want to stress out over complicated appetizers. Fresh, flavorful ingredients are key. For this easy Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe I’ve macerated sliced strawberries in citrus juice and paired them with ricotta cheese that’s full of fresh herbs.

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs Recipe

This is a light snack that won’t be overly filling in warmer weather. And it’s healthy! Research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function. How cool is that?

I used a combination of herbs from my garden (basil, mint and sage) but feel free to experiment. For example, if you are not a fan of sage, simply omit it! If you really love mint, add extra to taste.

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs Recipe

 

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs
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Serves: 20 crostini
 
Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, sliced thin on a bias
  • 15 oz ricotta, either part skim or whole
  • ½ cup packed fresh herbs, finely chopped (an even mix of mint, basil and sage)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • thinly sliced fresh mint or basil for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast until crisp, 7-10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, mint, basil, sage, salt and pepper. In a separate medium bowl, combines the strawberries and citrus juices. Cover each bowl and place them in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes. Stir the berries occasionally.
  3. Spread a generous layer of the herbed ricotta onto each slice of bread. Top with 3-4 strawberries. Top with the fresh herbs. Optional: drizzle with a small amount of the macerated strawberry juice (not too much or the bread might get soggy).

 

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Strawberry & Mozzarella Toast

Roasted Strawberry Toasts

Great for the gatherings with friends and family, this Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella Recipe is a hit!

Whether it’s practice for holiday season or a casual get together, this recipe is one to try out! Even though a bit of panic set in just as I typed that statement, I know that I have lots to look forward to during holiday months like December. Traditional tree trimming, checking out the beautiful holiday lights in our neighborhood, baking cookies with the kids and, of course, gathering with family, friends and coworkers.

By far, getting together and sharing great foods with friends and loved ones is one of my favorite things to do during this time of year, but let’s be honest, typical food options are not always the healthiest! No matter how strong our willpower may be, it can be extremely challenging to stick to healthy habits, but I’ve got a delicious recipe that can help keep us all on track. It’s light, healthy and will look beautiful on your holiday table!

Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella Recipe

This recipe features strawberries dressed in a combo of honey and a balsamic vinegar reduction, then roasted in the oven. Roasting brings out a rich, sweet flavor to the strawberries and this pairs perfectly with melted fresh mozzarella cheese on toasted crusty bread.

Roasted Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella

Besides adding a bright and festive flair to your holiday spread, strawberries are packed with nutrients that  benefit the entire body.  A serving of eight strawberries has been shown to promote heart health, brain health and even helps with diabetes management. Strawberries have also been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. (Source: California Strawberries). The best part? They are naturally sweet, yet low in sugar. A single serving has less than half the sugar of an apple and half the calories of a banana, making them the perfect option for your holiday spread. Though they may be small, strawberries pack a big nutrition and flavor punch to both sweet and savory dishes, so enjoy!

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Toast w/Mozzarella
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4 toasts
 
Ingredients
  • For Balsamic Reduction:
  • • ¾ cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • For Strawberries:
  • • 1 lb strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut in half
  • • ¾ tsp honey
  • • 2 tsp balsamic reduction
  • For Toasts
  • • 8 slices of ciabatta or baguette
  • • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • • Fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat, add balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Heat until vinegar boils, then reduce heat a simmer. Stir occasionally to avoid scorching. Simmer for 10-13 minutes, until vinegar has reduced by at least half and consistency is that of syrup. Set aside.
  3. Place prepared strawberries in a large bowl. Add honey and 2 tablespoons of prepared balsamic reduction to strawberries and mix to combine ingredients.
  4. Transfer berries to a parchment lined baking sheet. Arrange in an even layer. Bake berries for 25-30 minutes. When done, set aside and allow to cool slightly.

 

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Easy Brie Strawberry Swap

Easy Strawberry Brie

Topped with a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries,

this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your guests.


~by Regan Jones, RD of HealthyAperture.com

 

One of the best things about family gatherings is all the fabulous food.

One of the worst things about family gatherings is all the fabulous food.

Surely you know what I mean? That first time you bite into something amazing you haven’t tasted since last time around, you stop to savor every bite. But by the time the end of the party rolls around, you’re wondering if someone will have to roll you out the door!

Family gatherings can be especially stressful for people watching what they eat to manage diabetes. So many cakes, cookies and appetizers that don’t seem to fit for a healthy diet. That’s one of the reasons I’ve teamed up with my friends here at California Strawberries in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month to provide simple #strawberryswaps for an easy brie appetizer recipe that would normally be a no-no during holiday celebrations.

Today’s swap is a fun, less frivolous twist on a classic baked brie recipe. You know the one, right? Brie is coated in a thick, sugary fruit preserve mixture and then wrapped in puff pastry. It’s a deliciously easy brie appetizer, yes, but not exactly on the lighter side for healthy entertaining. A fruit and cheese tray would certainly be a simple, healthy swap to replace classic baked brie, but I’ve got something a bit more special — Strawberry Topped Brie.

Easy Brie Appetizer & Strawberry Swap

Easy Brie Appetizer Topped with California Strawberries

By eliminating the puff pastry, I’ve trimmed both calories and fat. Yes, brie is still a rich cheese, but a little goes a long way and does provide a nice mix of protein and fat to help you feel full longer during all the party noshing. And by using the simple #strawberryswap of making the topping mixture a combo of fresh California Strawberries (which are naturally low in sugar) and only a couple of tablespoons of preserves, I’ve cut down on the overall sugar as well.

The cool thing about this idea (aside from how insanely beautiful it is and so simple to make) is that it’s a great way to wow friends with the health benefits of California Strawberries.

November is not only Diabetes Awareness month, but it’s also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. So be sure to let guests know you’re serving up a dish with healthy strawberries — that the American Diabetes Association considers a top 10 superfood, and clinical research shows may benefit your mind!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful start to the holiday season.

~Regan

Easy Brie Appetizer & Strawberry Swap

Easy Brie Appetizer Topped with California Strawberries

Strawberry Topped Brie

Easy Brie Strawberry Swap
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup California Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp strawberry preserves
  • 1 round of brie, at room temperature or warmed slightly
  • Crackers and crostini
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with rosemary and salt; cook an additional 2 minutes. Add strawberries and saute 2 more minutes. Add in vinegar, orange juice and preserves, stirring well and cooking until thickened (about 10 minutes).
  2. Place brie on a small plate; remove strawberry mixture from stove and pour over brie. Serve with crackers or crostini.

 

 

 


Strawberry Balsamic Bites

Here’s a recipe inspired by a California Farm Tour I had the pleasure of attending. I love that it is crazy easy to make and includes kitchen staples. Plus, since California strawberries are available year round, this balsamic appetizer can be made for any event, any time of year.

By TammileeTips

Super Easy Strawberry Balsamic Appetizer

 

 

Enjoy!

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Strawberry Balsamic Bites
 
Strawberry Balsamic Appetizer Recipe
Ingredients
  • Strawberries
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Cut the caps off the strawberries so they can sit upright on a platter
  2. Slice the strawberries so you can fill them with Parmesan cheese
  3. Drizzle aged balsamic vinegar over the top