Picking your own strawberries is a time honoured tradition for many in Ontario and we’re right in the thick of it! We are starting to see more roadside stands and “You Pick” signage along roads in the Bay of Quinte area. Where are your favourites? Comment below!

Strawberry Picking Tips

  • Try to pick your berries with the long green stem attached. Choose deep red berries.

  • It is the colour, not the size that determines how sweet the berries will be. Green berries do not ripen after being picked.

  • Gently place the berries in your basket to avoid bruising.

  • If you’re not going to eat all of your strawberries right away at home, sort and then store your strawberries, unwashed, with their stems on in a shallow, loosely covered container in your fridge.

  • Just before eating wash the berries and then remove their stems, so the water doesn’t enter the berry and dilute the flavour. Washing ahead of time makes them more prone to spoiling.

We have gathered 4 of our favourite strawberry recipes that are sure to become your favourites too!

Strawberry Salsa

We love this one as it can be used as a traditional salsa with tortilla chips or as a topper for grilled fish or chicken and even as a bruschetta topper. 

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces strawberries (10-12 strawberries), finely diced
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (optional)
  • small handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1 lime (you may want more depending on how juicy the lime is)
  • 1 tablespoon agave or honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • A couple dashes of balsamic vinegar (optional)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats

Feeling like you never have time for breakfast? Overnight oat recipes are a great option for those who need to get up and go! Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats take just a few minutes to make and are loaded with nutritious ingredients like oats, strawberries, Greek yogurt, chia seeds and milk for a healthy, filling breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (almond milk, cashew milk, etc)
  • Optional: 1/4-1/2 cup water if mixture is very thick
  • 1 cup strawberry Greek yogurt (try for a low or 0 sugar option)
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup diced strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Optional: 1 scoop protein powder

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together for overnight oats in a mason jar. Preferably, let sit in fridge overnight or for at least two hours.

 

Pesto Strawberry Caprese Salad

Last summer, I had the best strawberry salad from Flame & Smith in Bloomfield, PEC. I’ve been chasing that recipe and although this isn’t exactly the same…it’s close and still delicious. Until I see it again on their menu, this will suffice. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
  • 5 ounces fresh mozzarella bocconcini, cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • salt & olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Put strawberries and mozzarella in a bowl, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  2. Add pesto, and gently stir to coat, using hands if needed.
  3. Pour onto a plate, and drizzle with olive oil to serve. Easy peasy.

 

Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark

This is a family favourite and a great cool treat for kids on a hot summer day. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir yogurt, maple syrup (or honey) and vanilla in a medium bowl. Spread on the prepared baking sheet into a 10-by-15-inch rectangle. Scatter the strawberries on top and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Freeze until very firm, at least 3 hours. To serve, cut or break into 32 pieces.