Whip Up Some Nutty Strawberry Dip

We love strawberry season! Bushels of fresh, juicy berries find their way into our kitchen each summer. We love to eat them as-is, add them to spinach salads and make delicious desserts and side dishes that feature this delectable fruit.

One of our favorite things to make  with strawberries is a deliciously nutty strawberry dip. This dip, made with chopped walnuts, cream cheese, whipped cream and honey, is delicious when paired with fresh strawberries, as well as other treats like fruit chips, cinnamon honey pretzel grahams, chocolate pretzel grahams and yogurt covered pretzels.

Start by putting an 8 oz. block of softened cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream, 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1 tbsp. of orange juice and 1-2 tbsp. of honey. Finely dice 1 cup of strawberries and stir them into the cream cheese mixture, along with 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Cover the bowl and chill the strawberry dip for at least 1 hour.

Serve the strawberry dip with strawberries, sliced apples, sliced pineapple, fruit chips, cinnamon honey pretzel grahams, chocolate pretzel grahams and yogurt covered pretzels. It’s a fantastic dessert for picnics, barbecues and summer parties!

If you want to give the dip a protein boost or a healthier twist, try substituting 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt for the whipped cream. Just remember to add a bit more honey (to taste) to compensate for the tart yogurt. You can also use 1/3-less-fat cream cheese in place of regular. It’s just as delicious, but a little more nutritious!

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