This no cook strawberry sauce is my newest favorite recipe. It doesn't have any added sugar, and takes 5 minutes to make. You're well on your way to a super easy and versatile sauce.
[This recipe was originally posted in February 2017. It has been updated for photos and content.]
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How will this simple strawberry sauce make your life easier?
There's nothing like a sauce made with fresh seasonal fruit. But if you're like me and have no desire to boil strawberries or put much effort into making a dessert sauce, this no cook strawberry sauce is for you.
What makes this sauce so good?
I love ice cream, but have learned 2 lessons thanks to practicing mindfulness. I don't like most store bought dessert sauces. But sometimes I just want a smooth fruity addition to ice cream. That's where this no cook strawberry sauce comes in.
This strawberry sauce recipe is so simple, it's got fresh strawberries, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. You can eat it lots of ways, but it's best over ice cream because the cold ice cream hardens the sauce just enough that it forms a shell on top.
How to make this homemade strawberry sauce
To prepare the ingredients for your no cook strawberry sauce, remove leaves from strawberries. Slice lemon in half down the center, and remove seeds so they don't drop into the strawberries.
Add strawberries, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to blender. Blend until desired smoothness. Taste and add more lemon/salt if needed. You can also add sugar if you'd like to bring out the sweetness of the strawberries in this no cook strawberry sauce.
Once it's smooth, pour your no cook strawberry sauce into glass jar to store for a week. Serve over ice cream, yogurt, on a graham cracker, etc.
- This no cook strawberry sauce is the perfect way to use up strawberries that are starting to go bad. You know the ones you don't really want to eat plain. They're really ripe, sweet, and perfect for this sauce
- Don't use early season strawberries that lack flavor, your sauce just won't be that delicious. I highly recommend using up your last farmers market strawberries or others that are packed with flavor.
- Want to thicken it up? Add some chia seeds. They'll soak up the liquid and you can use it as jam too! Much easier than making jam with pectin.
- Substitute strawberries for other fresh fruit: berries or peaches.
If your no cook strawberry sauce is too thin, add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds. It's easy, you let the chia seeds do all the work, and it adds a fun texture! (note that it does take 30+ minutes for them to absorb the liquid to thicken up)
Yes absolutely! Add just a bit of the lemon juice & salt between tastings to make sure it tastes good. Add as much as you prefer. This sauce is fruit forward, so it'll work with any fruit.
I'm already thinking it'd be great with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches. Oh and be aware of the water content of the fruit you use. The peach sauce will probably be thicker, but still so delicious.
How do I repurpose this sauce?
The best part of this no cook strawberry sauce recipe is just how versatile it is.
- It's great over ice cream, brownies, between cake layers
- on yogurt
- added to a smoothie
- mix your no cook strawberry sauce with olive oil to make an easy summer salad dressing
- Add to lemonade for strawberry lemonade (replace ½ cup sauce for berries in this recipe)
What can I make with extra strawberries?
- Berry Summer Salad
- Sparkling Berry Lemonade
- Easy Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Or top easy chocolate waffles with them
Did you make this no cook strawberry sauce? leave me a comment to share how it turned out!
5 Minute Healthy Strawberry Sauce
- cutting board
- Measuring Spoons
- ½ pound strawberries washed and stemmed
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- pinch salt
- Add ½ lb strawberries, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to the bowl of a high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Serve over ice cream, yogurt, cream, as a salad dressing, or anything else!
- Use ripe seasonal strawberries to get sweet, flavorful sauce.
- Consider adding a bit of sugar if strawberries aren't super ripe and red in color
- Adjust lemon juice based on taste preferences
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