Thankful for Strawberries: 6 Recipes to Add to Your Celebrations

Each year, Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for us to stop and reflect on what we are thankful for – our health, our family and friends, the food we eat, and the roof over our heads. For California strawberry farmers, it’s being thankful for the ideal California climate, healthy soil, dedicated farmworkers and the nation’s love for strawberries that make growing this beloved berry possible.  

Together, we join around the table, break bread and enjoy each other’s company as we delight in a meal. All the fixings are there – a delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  

Strawberries might not be top of mind for the menu this time of year, but beautiful strawberries brighten any table! Since strawberries work well in both sweet and savory dishes (and are available year-round!), there’s definitely a place for them in your Thanksgiving spread.  

Here are a few of our favorites: 

Keep yourself and your family from a case of the “hangries” while prepping the Thanksgiving Day meal by setting out this grazing board to enjoy.

Strawberry Fall Harvest Salad

Enjoy the flavors of fall, like butternut squash and apples, in this festival and colorful salad – with strawberries, of course!

Switch up your regular cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving by adding strawberries! Use it to accompany your turkey, spread it on toast or use it in a cocktail.

Strawberry Footballs

These adorable chocolate-covered strawberry footballs are the perfect way to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day football match-up. 


Move over, pumpkin pie! There’s a new, elegant dessert in town this Thanksgiving. Strawberries shine in the slightly spicy cranberry-ginger relish that is the perfect topping for warm, buttery roasted pears. 

This delicious fall sangria is filled with fruit and spices. It’s a great batch cocktail to make for holiday entertaining!