Strawberries are at their sweetest right now, going all the way through the summer. And while everybody knows how delicious they are in desserts, we’ve actually heard you can use them as a replacement for a tomato. I decided to try this out and see how well it worked.
I can’t take credit for this concept. That would go to Dave Woolley, a Denver-based culinary consultant (who, full disclosure, does work with California Strawberries). He said: try using strawberries in place of tomatoes in a veggie sandwich with goat cheese, in a Caprese-style salad, or in a salsa with seafood dishes.
No mention of spaghetti with strawberry sauce… How about a big ol’ slab of strawberry on a BLT or burger? You can also put them on pizza. They benefit from some balsamic reduction added post-bake. Slice like pepperoni.
An interesting idea for people who are allergic to tomatoes! I’m not, but a co-worker is. The article admits that this isn’t cost-effective.
Another tomato substitute is watermelon. It doesn’t have the acidity, but you can add lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, or what-have-you.