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.


Easy Brie Appetizer & Strawberry Swap

Easy Brie Appetizer Topped with California Strawberries

Strawberry Topped Brie

Easy Brie Strawberry Swap
  • 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
  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




Find more California Strawberry recipes here!

Strawberry Balsamic Bites
Strawberry Balsamic Appetizer Recipe
  • Strawberries
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  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

Strawberry & Avocado Tostadas

Strawberry & Avocado Tostadas

Before working for California strawberry farmers I’d never thought of using strawberries in savory dishes very much. Sure I’d had salads with strawberries, but I had not yet tried anything more adventurous than that. If I hadn’t done so, I might’ve never tried strawberry & avocado tostadas.

A couple years ago while at a blogger event in San Francisco, I tasted Italian rice balls with a strawberry compote stuffing instead of the more traditional tomato sauce. It was one of those moments when you can honestly say to yourself, or anyone in the vicinity, “I think this is the best thing I ever ate.”

Since that time I’ve done a lot of experimenting in my own kitchen, and at work. Part of my job requires putting together events that showcase the versatility of strawberries, and sometimes that means challenging chefs to come up with unique ways to serve strawberries. I’ve had the pleasure of tasting creations like baby back ribs with strawberry barbecue sauce, strawberry flatbread pizza with balsamic glaze, strawberry nachos, strawberry and prawn spring rolls – and the list goes on.

This recipe for strawberry and avocado tostadas is a good starter recipe for those looking to experiment with new ways to enjoy strawberries. Like me, you might also be pleasantly surprised at how delicious strawberries can be when added to savory dishes.



Strawberry and Avocado Tostadas
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Serves: 6 tostadas
  • 2½ cups (about ¾ pound) fresh California strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • ½ lb jicama, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp minced jalapeño peppers
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 lb avocados, peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
  • Salt
  • 6 (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas
  • Chili powder
  • 6 tbls crumbled queso fresco
  • 6 cilantro sprigs
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In large bowl, mix together strawberries, jicama, cilantro, peppers and lime juice. Add avocados; fold together gently. Season with salt. Arrange tortillas on oven rack in one layer. Toast about 10 minutes or until crisp and starting to brown. Mound 1 cup strawberry mixture in center of each tortilla. Sprinkle each tostada with chili powder and 1 tablespoon queso fresco. Garnish with 1 cilantro sprig and 1 lime wedge.


Strawberry Caprese Salad

Strawberry Caprese Salad

A quick and easy Strawberry Caprese Salad recipe!

Strawberry Caprese Salad
As the weather begins to warm up or the leaves begin to fall, it’s always nice to have a short list of easy and tasty salad recipes to whip up on a casual weekday evening – or for a last-minute potluck or dinner party any time of the year.

Caprese salads are always a delicious idea, but have you ever tried making one with strawberries instead of tomatoes? The results are amazing! Here’s an easy  recipe that you will want to save because I’m pretty sure you will most likely be making it more than once.


Strawberry Caprese Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 lbs fresh California strawberries, stemmed and halved
  • 2 cups bite-sized fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini), drained, halved
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (finely diced)
  • 3-4 mint leaves, chiffonade
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  1. To make balsamic syrup, in nonreactive pot, simmer vinegar over low heat until reduced to one-half its original volume (1/4 cup).
  2. In serving bowl, toss strawberries and mozzarella balls with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add basil and mint; toss again. Drizzle balsamic syrup over and around salad. Grind more pepper on top.