5 Sweet and Savory Strawberry Appetizers for Spring and Summer

Strawberry Olive Harissa Salad

Each year, National Strawberry Month marks peak California strawberry season. This means that the heart-shaped fruit we all love is more abundant than any other time of year and readily available in grocery stores across the country starting now and going all the way until late fall. 

We all know that strawberries taste great on their own, but we also love the fact that they are one of the most versatile fruits to eat. Not every fruit can be enjoyed in both sweet and savory dishes, but strawberries, with the combination of sweetness and subtle tanginess, are perfect to add to desserts or enhance any savory salad or appetizer.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to servinging up delicious strawberries with both sweet and savory ways. Here is a short list of our recommendations.

If you love a good caprese salad and are feeling a bit on the adventurous side, try this strawberry burrata salad. Strawberries pop in this arugula salad, but it’s the color, texture and taste combo in this stand-out salad that is the true winner here.

Bacon, cream cheese, strawberries…and jalapenos! Just say ‘yes’ to this little flavor explosion of an appetizer. Don’t settle for chips and dip – or sliced carrot and celery sticks – when you can serve your guests these show-stopper appies for your next get together!

Did you know that strawberries are a wonderful swap for tomatoes? From salsas and sauces to salads and toppings, strawberries are a surprising and welcome ingredient for those who want to change things up, or for folks who may not care for tomatoes. In any case, this strawberry and goat cheese pizza can be served as a light dinner or a more substantial appetizer for hungry guests along with beer or cocktails.

Experience the full spectrum of flavors with sweet California strawberries, salty-briny olives, earthy cilantro, and tangy lime juice. This Strawberry Olive Harissa Salad packs a punch and can be quickly prepared in a just a few minutes. Serve with bruschetta, top on cracker, or enjoy as side salad.

Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche

It doesn’t get much better than a cool, flavorful and fresh ceviche on a sunny, warm afternoon or early evening. Strawberries add extra color and flavor to this beautiful ceviche. Serve in clear glassware to make this already classy appetizer even more elegant and appealing. 

We hope you enjoy these fresh suggestions. Don’t forget to follow @castrawberries for more ideas and ways to reap all the strawberry benefits!