12 Recipe Ideas to Try on National California Strawberry Day

Posted: March 21, 2023 11:00 am

It only makes sense that National California Strawberry Day falls on the first full day of spring. March 21 is the perfect day to enjoy this favorite fruit as the calendar inches closer to peak strawberry season. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, here are 12 of the best recipes that you can try this year to commemorate this day and this delicious fruit.

Strawberry French Toast Bake

Start your day with a bang with this strawberry French toast bake. Juicy strawberries are stuffed between sweet Hawaiian bread to create this breakfast favorite. The butter and brown sugar topping adds another element of sweetness to this dish. You can prepare this casserole dish the night before, popping it into the oven when you wake up to get breakfast on the table in a hurry. This recipe will become a staple in your breakfast meal rotation once you give it a try.

Strawberry Breakfast Tacos

Kids will go crazy over these strawberry breakfast tacos. Best of all, this breakfast dish comes together in just a few minutes, making it a good choice for busy mornings. The strawberries are tossed with a mixture of softened cream cheese, honey, Greek vanilla yogurt, and ground cinnamon and stuffed into a lightly browned tortilla. Serve this with a side of protein for a complete breakfast that everyone will love.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries


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Looking for a snack or appetizer to serve on National California Strawberry Day? Be sure to check out these delectable blue cheese stuffed strawberries. The sweet strawberries are perfectly balanced with the savory walnuts and blue cheese. All of this comes together with the addition of the salty prosciutto that keeps all of the goodness nicely tucked inside. While the ingredients may seem odd together, the contrasting flavors make for a fun snack on this day.

Honey Lime Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

While strawberries are just one ingredient of this honey lime poppy seed fruit salad, it still makes a great addition to your day. In addition to the strawberries, the recipe also calls for blackberries, blueberries, kiwi, and mango. Other alternative fruit choices include grapes, raspberries, and pineapple. All of the fruit is tossed with a dressing prepared with honey, lime juice, and poppy seeds. A sprinkling of fresh mint on top of the fruit adds more color and flavor to this refreshing side dish or dessert.

Strawberry BBQ Sauce

This strawberry BBQ sauce can be used in a number of ways. Pair it with your favorite grilled meat, use it as a salad dressing, and more. The inherent sweetness provided by the addition of strawberries means that you do not need any sugar. The cayenne pepper delivers the heat while the lemon juice brightens up the taste. Why settle for boring BBQ sauce out of a jar when you can easily make your own at home?

Strawberry Hummus

While it may sound like an odd idea, you will love the taste of this unique strawberry hummus. The recipe comes together with garbanzo beans, strawberries, honey, nut butter, ground ginger, and vanilla extract. This hummus has a variety of uses. Try it as a dip with sliced fruit. Use it as a salad topping or a layer in a fruit and granola parfait. This deliciousness will stay fresh in the fridge for up to one week if stored in an airtight container.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Is there any better flavor combination than peanut butter and jelly? This peanut butter and jelly smoothie is both tasty and nutritious. Using strawberries as your frozen fruit will keep with the theme of the day. While the recipe calls for peanut butter, you can feel free to use the nut butter of your choice. You can also turn this recipe into a smoothie bowl and sprinkle some granola on top. The addition of protein powder packs in even more nutrition to this smoothie recipe. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a snack.

Grilled Pork Salad with Strawberries

This grilled pork salad with strawberries serves as a reminder that summer is right around the corner. Boneless pork loin chops are rubbed with a mixture of brown sugar, coriander, and ginger before being seared and then roasted in the oven. The sliced pork lays on a bed of mixed greens and goat cheese along with strawberries tossed in a homemade dressing of dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and olive oil. Feel free to use blue cheese if you do not like the taste of goat cheese. This flavorful salad feels both light and hearty at the same time.

Strawberry Chicken Wrap

These colorful strawberry chicken wraps are a great lunch idea or a light dinner option. The flour tortilla is stuffed with grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, sliced fresh strawberries, and a creamy poppy seed dressing. Add some sliced almonds if you want a bit of crunch in your wraps. You will want to hang onto this recipe through the summer.

Strawberry Basil Refresher

This strawberry basil refresher belongs on your menu for National California Strawberry Day. The drink is made with your choice of ginger ale, 7-up, or Sprite along with ice, fresh basil leaves, strawberries, and lime juice. The result is a refreshing drink that is colorful and fun to sip. You can also make this a boozy drink by adding vodka or gin.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

You will love the smell of this strawberry rhubarb crisp baking in your oven. Fresh strawberries are combined with sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and rhubarb. The crunchy oat streusel topping is the ideal balance to the tart fruit filling. You can also make this recipe in advance and refrigerate or freeze it. Do not forget to pick up some vanilla ice cream to take this dessert over the top.

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

This strawberry shortcake cheesecake is a beautiful dessert that will be a stunning addition to any dinner table. The decadent desert boasts layers of strawberry cake, cheesecake, a homemade cream cheese frosting, and a cookie crumble topping. While the recipe requires quite a few steps, it is not difficult to prepare once you get going. You will be so pleased with the end result.

Strawberries are loaded with a host of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. This beloved fruit is also fat-free and low in calories, giving you permission to indulge to your heart’s content. Start this indulgence with a few of these proven recipes. Whether you are looking for sweet or savory, this list of ideas has you covered.

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