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What Goes Well With Strawberries? (The Best Pairings)

What goes well with strawberries? Anything! And practically everything. 

I absolutely adore strawberries. I can eat them with anything, any time. You give me some strawberries, and I’ll eat them- period. 

What Goes Well With Strawberries? (The Best Pairings) featuring Fresh Sliced and Whole Red Strawberries in a Bowl

Okay, so maybe there are a few things that don’t go well with strawberries. I wouldn’t recommend eating them with white gravy or tuna. 

But besides a few obvious things, strawberries go with almost anything. 

You can enjoy them alone or with veggies, nuts, desserts, other fruits, and more! 

The following sections outline some of my favorite things to pair with strawberries. 

What Goes Well with Strawberries?

As for cooking with strawberries, the options are almost limitless. You can make strawberry cakes, pies, muffins, pancakes, biscuits, and more. 

Plus, you can cook strawberries into sauces, jams, and chutneys. And roasted strawberries with balsamic? Delicious! 

But you can also pair them uncooked with plenty of things, too. Fruit salads, regular salads, sandwiches, salsas, and cocktails are a few examples. 

Top fresh-baked bread with butter, strawberry slices, and a little sugar- yum-o! 

Let’s look at some of the best examples of things that go well with strawberries. 

Bowl of Fruit Salad with Sliced Fresh Strawberries, Kiwis, Oranges, Grapes, Mangoes, and Grapefruit

1. Fruits

Try pairing strawberries with one or more of the following fruits. You can make a salad or a colorful, tasty fruit tray. 

All of these fruits taste fabulous with strawberries:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cherries
  • Chestnuts
  • Cranberries
  • Dragon fruit
  • Elderberries
  • Figs
  • Ginger
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Guavas
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Passion fruit
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Rockmelon
  • Watermelon
Bowl of Summer Salad With Slices of Fresh Strawberries, Spinach, Basil, Cheese and  Walnuts

2. Vegetables

Yep! Veggies go well with strawberries, too, especially in summer salads. 

Try pairing them with any of these: 

  • Arugula
  • Celery
  • Chilis
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
Homemade Strawberry Parfait With Layers of Yogurt, Granola, and Strawberries on a White and Red Checked Cloth on A Cutting Board with Fresh Strawberries on the Side

3. Nuts, Seeds, and Grains

Nuts, seeds, and grains are other obvious pairings for strawberries. Combine them with strawberries in salads, parfaits, or other dishes.

Here are a few of my faves: 

  • Almonds
  • Bulgur
  • Cashews
  • Chia seeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Hemp seeds
  • Oats
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts
Bowl of Sliced Fresh Strawberries Drizzled with Oil and Seasoned with Black Pepper and Basil

4. Herbs and Spices

You can mix strawberries with herbs and spices to create incredible flavor combos.

Try your next batch of strawberries with some of these: 

  • Basil
  • Black pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Chili
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Mint
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Vanilla
Meringue Cookies with Pink Strawberry Frosting and a Fresh Strawberry on Top

5. Sweeteners

Strawberries are sweet enough on their own. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t like to make them even sweeter sometimes. 

Turn your strawberries into extra-sweet treats with the following ingredients: 

  • Agave syrup
  • Aquafaba-based meringues
  • Brown sugar
  • Caramel
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Icing sugar
  • Elderflower syrup
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • White sugar
Bowl of Sliced Fresh Strawberries Topped With Whipped Cream and a Sprig of Mint

6. Protein and Dairy

Berries and dairy (and other proteins) are a match made in flavor heaven. Strawberry’s acidity adds much needed balance.

Here are some of my favorite protein and dairy pairings for strawberries: 

  • Buttermilk
  • Beans
  • Brie cheese
  • Cashew cream
  • Coconut cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Crème fraiche
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Feta cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Ice cream
  • Lemon curd
  • Mascarpone
  • Milk
  • Mozzarella
  • Pork
  • Quinoa
  • Ricotta
  • Sour cream
  • Steak
  • Whipped cream 
  • Yogurt
Glass of Ice Cold Strawberry Cocktail with Slices of Fresh Strawberries, Lemon Wedge, and Raspberries

7. Drinks

Believe it or not, drinks are some of my favorite things to serve with strawberries. There’s nothing like a tall glass of wine and a few sugar-sweetened strawberries. 

Here are some other drink options to choose from: 

  • Amaretto
  • Brandy
  • Champagne
  • Cognac
  • Elderflower liqueur
  • Orange liqueurs
  • Red wine
  • Rosé wine
  • Rum
  • Sake
  • White wine
Strawberry Being Dipped into Small Bowl of Chocolate with Fresh Strawberries Around the Bowl and One Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry in Front

8. Others

A few of the obvious sweet pairings include: 

  • Almond bark
  • Dark chocolate
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Milk chocolate
  • Peanut butter
  • Pretzels
  • Nutella
  • White chocolate

Popular Strawberry Pairings

Want to learn how to combine these ingredients to make something incredible? I have a few ideas to start your brainstorming sesh. 

Try the following popular strawberry pairings: 

  • Strawberries + Nutella + edible glitter or sanding sugar
  • Strawberries + rhubarb + lemon + vanilla + maple syrup + ice cream
  • Strawberries + blueberries + blackberries + crushed nuts + yogurt
  • Strawberries + balsamic vinegar + spinach or arugula/rocket + sunflower seeds + red onions
  • Strawberries + dark chocolate + crushed nuts
  • Strawberries + almond bark + crushed pretzels
  • Strawberries (pureed) + lemonade + lemons + vodka + ice
  • Strawberries + white sugar + vodka + lemon juice + Prosecco
  • Strawberries + oatmeal + brown sugar + cinnamon
  • Strawberries + basil + olive oil + salt

Serving Ideas 

Besides eating them whole and raw, you can enjoy strawberries several ways. 

Here are some of my favorites: 

  • Chop them up and add them to summer salads with bright vinaigrette dressing
  • Use them as toppings for yogurt, ice cream, sorbet, sherbet, etc. 
  • Bake them into cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, etc. 
  • Add them to breakfast items like pancakes or biscuits. 
  • Dip them in chocolate, almond bark, and other sweet toppings. 
  • Serve them with dipping sauces like melted chocolate or whipped cream. 
  • Serve them as part of a fruit tray or appetizer platter. 
  • Turn them into jellies or jams. 
  • Freeze them and use them in cocktails, smoothies, slushies, and other drinks. 
  • Add them to fruit cups along with other fruits. 
  • Make strawberry lemonade. 
  • Mix them in with savory recipes like pork chops or chicken salads.
  • Make strawberry shortcakes or other desserts. 

In short, use them however you like best! 

What Goes Well With Strawberries?

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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