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Try These Juicy Recipes for Strawberry Delights

By M. Elise Giller 5.11.16

In Texas, flavor-filled strawberries ring in our early start to the summer season. As rising temperatures preview the coming mercury-peaking months, the sweet taste of a flavor-filled strawberry comes as a welcome refresher.

Sure, you can eat them plain, since they’re sweet and delicious as is. But it’s more fun to get creative. So in honor of National Strawberry Month, here are some quick and easy recipes for salads, drinks, and more.

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
It’s a classic for a reason. Combine strawberries, bananas, Greek yogurt, and almond milk in a blender with ice cubes, and blend until smooth. If it tastes a bit tart, add honey and blend again.

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Strawberry-Basil Soda
Adding basil to a soda creates a surprising twist for the taste buds. Blend strawberries until smooth, then strain and combine with sugar, basil leaves, and water. Heat the mixture on the stovetop until boiling, then let cool. Strain once again. Pour a few tablespoons into a glass with carbonated water and ice, and you have a homemade soda.

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Strawberry Salad
Strawberries in a savory salad? Believe it. Combine sliced strawberries with baby spinach and slivered almonds, then top with poppy-seed dressing for a refreshing take on a side dish.

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Strawberry Cream Pie
Place chocolate wafers, melted bittersweet chocolate, and vegetable oil in a food processor and blend until smooth; press the mixture into a pie pan and chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Combine cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar, strawberry jam, and whipped topping until smooth, then spread onto the pie crust. Top with fresh strawberries mixed with lemon juice and a bit of powdered sugar, and enjoy!

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