Summer is here and that can only mean one thing: it’s strawberry season! Whether you get yours from the supermarket, the local farmers’ market or pick your own, there are endless ways of turning fresh strawberries into delicious summer treats. Of course, you don’t have to do anything to them – strawberries are yummy just as they are, with or without a dollop of (ice) cream on top.
However, if you fancy making a little bit of an effort, here are 3 strawberry recipes that you can whip up on your kitchen worktop in a jiffy – no cooking required! We promise the results will look amazing and taste even better…
Strawberry & Cake Kebabs
Who says kebabs have to be savoury or even cooked? Fruit kebabs are a fun way of presenting fresh fruit to kids of all ages. All you need is a couple of punnets of strawberries, some cake squares (Madeira or Battenberg cake works well) and 2 large bars of white chocolate (or chocolate chips). Marshmallows optional.
Hull the strawberries and halve them if they are very big. Cut the cake into 2 inch cubes. On a skewer, alternate strawberries and cake (and marshmallows, if using) – 2-3 of each per skewer should be ample.
Melt the white chocolate slowly in a glass bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes, checking and stirring every 30 seconds or so. Once melted, drizzle over the kebabs and put in the fridge to set.
Strawberry & Cucumber Salad
Try the super cool(ing) combination of cucumber and strawberry – who knew salads could be this exciting?
Thinly slice 1 large cucumber, hull and slice fresh strawberries (1 punnet should do it but you can use more) and gently mix them together in a large bowl. Crumble half a packet of feta over the top.
To make the dressing, mix together 3 tbsp of cider vinegar with 6 tbsp of olive oil, ½ tsp Dijon mustard, ½ tsp honey, salt and pepper to taste. Finely chop a handful of fresh mint leaves and scatter over the top of the salad.
Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
Smoothies are nothing new but how about supercharging yours with the added health benefits of coconut water? Use strawberries as the base and add other fruit (banana, mango, peach) to taste, then simply add 1 litre of coconut water and puree in a blender until smooth. For extra creaminess, you could also add some coconut milk.