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10 New Ways to Use Strawberries This Spring

By Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

It's the best time of year for light, fresh and fruity dishes--and what better way to celebrate than with strawberries? Try one of these sweet recipes today to add a little sunshine to your life!

Grilled Strawberries and Cream Pita

This sweet twist on a grilled cheese sandwich is a perfect breakfast or snack when strawberries are at their peak of ripeness. Plus, it has just four ingredients and takes five minutes to make!

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

A filling breakfast or post-workout recovery drink, this protein-packed smoothie tastes just like strawberry cheesecake! You can also substitute any other fruit for the strawberries, or add half the strawberries and half a different kind of fruit. (We love the classic strawberry banana combo!)

30-Minute Salmon with Strawberry Salsa

In just 30 minutes, you can have a light dinner entree that's packed with protein and fresh produce. Serve this sweet and savory salmon with a green salad and brown rice for a well-rounded meal.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This strawberry rhubarb dessert screams of spring! Try it warm, topped with custard, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Clean Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

With just four all-natural ingredients, you can really feel good about making this frozen yogurt recipe! You can also substitute any fruit puree of your choice when strawberries are out of season.

Chilled Strawberry Soup

This chilled strawberry soup is a sweet spin on gazpacho. Serve with crème fraiche and slivered almonds on top.

Upside-Down Strawberry Shortcake

This fluffy cake turns traditional strawberry shortcake upside-down (literally)! It's a much quicker option than making individual shortcakes. We love it topped with vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Crisp spinach, crunchy almonds and juicy strawberries are a perfect combination in this healthy salad. Top it with grilled chicken for extra protein.

Sunday Morning Strawberry Pancakes

Fluffy, golden pancakes studded with juicy strawberries are the perfect addition to a spring breakfast or brunch. We like them with a side of crispy bacon.

Strawberry Banana Trifle

End your outdoor dinner party on a sweet note with this delicate fruit trifle. We love all the different flavors and texture contrasts in this simple dessert. (Plus, it looks really fancy, but comes together in just 15 minutes with minimal prep work!)