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Strawberries for Dessert?

Luscious, sweet and juicy strawberries make a fabulous & healthy dessert! Strawberries are low in calories and contain many nutrients including vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber. Plus they contain phytonutrients and are delicious and sweet enough to enjoy for dessert. Select strawberries that are plump, ruby red and evenly colored with green leafy tops. Avoid those that are bruised or appear mushy. Strawberries deteriorate quickly so enjoy them or freeze within a day or two of purchasing. Overly ripe strawberries can be used in smoothies or pureed and served as a sauce over melon.



½ cup balsamic vinegar

4 cups strawberries


Pour vinegar in a small stainless steel or other nonreactive saucepan.  Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat about 5 or 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until it reduces to about ¼ cup.  It will continue to thicken slightly as it cools.  If it gets too thick add a little water and simmer again just until it is almost as thick as you would like.  The flavor is stronger after the vinegar reduces to a smaller volume.  Divide strawberries in four dessert dishes and drizzle the balsamic reduction equally over the berries.  This recipe makes four serving and each serving contains approximately 50 calories and 1 gram fat.  

Becky Varner, MS RD LD

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