Juicy Ripe Strawberries

Juicy Ripe Strawberries

Jun 15, 2017

Nothing smells quite as delicious as a red ripe strawberry in the summertime!  Berries are one of my favorite fruits to eat this time of year because they are bite sized and only require a quick rinsing before indulging.

While I do love strawberries all by themselves, they are also delicious in fruit salads, salsas, smoothies, oatmeal, homemade jam, & of course pie….but have you ever thought about using strawberries to make hummus?? 

I know it sounds weird doesn’t it….but it is oddly refreshing!!

Try this tasty recipe below for the flavors of summer from the grilled chicken, onions & ripe juicy strawberries. 

You might be shocked at how yummy this berrylicious hummus is rather than using your traditional condiments on your sandwich or pita bread!

Strawberry Hummus Pita Sandwiches

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Preparation Time: 15 minutes         Number of Servings: 4

Strawberry Hummus Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered
  • 1-14.5oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)

Pita Ingredients:

  • 2 whole wheat pitas rounds, cut in half (should have 4 half-circles)
  • 1 cup grilled thinly sliced chicken breast or shredded rotisserie chicken breast
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ cup sliced cucumber
  • 4 medium strawberries, hulled and sliced or diced
  • 1 bunch butter lettuce, watercress, or spinach
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Blend the 2 cups strawberries, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, black pepper, and salt (if using) in a food processor or blender until ingredients have completely mixed and smooth.  May need to scrape down the sides of your processor/blender and pulse a few more times.
  2. Spread the strawberry hummus mixture evenly inside the 4 pita pocket halves. Fill them with the chicken, onions, cucumbers, sliced strawberries, lettuce, and feta.  Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories:  348   Protein: 24gm   Total Fat:  7gm  Total Carbohydrates: 50gm

Fiber:  12gm     Cholesterol:  38mg    Sodium: 568mg (without adding salt in the hummus directions)

Recipe courtesy of California Strawberry Commission

Melanie Kluzek, Registered Dietitian for County Market

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