BerryLove – Basil Strawberries With Red Wine Citrus Greek Yogurt

This is the first month that I am not co-hosting a lovebloghop, that makes me sad.  This week is being spent studying like crazy for my Certified Professional Food Safety Test.  I am looking forward to Saturday when life is back to normal…..but again I ask, “what really is normal?”

For the BerryLove blog hop I was going to share a fun recipe.  BUT due to it being so unique and delicious, I want to wait on sharing the fun recipe.   So I had to think quickly about what to make, my hubby helped me out this morning.  So here is the fun, healthy recipe….AND yes, I used Greek yogurt AGAIN!

 I am sure I am not the only one who has several books of recipes you plan to make someday?  I have bought binders for the recipes I printed off, many are from the wonderful FoodNetwork site.  I had to think quickly today, and find a fun recipe- what better way, than to look through my many binders?  

The bizzare part, I opened the first binder, and looked at the first recipe…..and was sold!  I found a recipe from the lovely Nigella Lawson, it is called Citrus Yogurt.  I decided to adapt it to make it work with basil strawberries.

When I was going to the University of Arizona, I worked as a student research assistant with a nutrition study.  I have so many gorgeous recipes that I collected, and they are so fun and healthy!!!

One recipe that has been our favorite summer recipe is basil strawberries!  This recipe is so easy.  I decided to use the basil strawberry flavors with the fun citrus yogurt recipe.

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Basil Strawberries With Red Wine Citrus Greek Yogurt

Refreshing summer treat, with a fun mix of flavors!

30 minsPrep Time

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Basil Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 large bunch of fresh basil (about 2 cups)
Red Wine Citrus Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine (sweet red wine)
1 lemon zested
1 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 cups 2% Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 pint strawberries, diced


Basil simple syrup - In medium sauce pan, bring water and sugar to boil, let sugar dissolve. Put simple syrup to medium heat, place basil leaves in water, let cook for 10 minutes. Strain leaves from syrup.

Dice strawberries, pour basil simple syrup over strawberries, and chill for about 30 minutes.

In medium bowl, whisk together red wine, lemon zest, honey, and cinnamon. Mix in Greek yogurt, let chill.

In sundae dish, or tall glass, layer strawberries and yogurt.



I used a sweet Christmas red wine that was made here in North Carolina.


The basil strawberries are so easy, and so versatile.  We have topped the strawberries on ice cream, and just eaten as is, they are that good!  When my hubby tried the fun treat tonight, he really enjoyed the flavor combination!

April is #berrylove month!

Please join in on the #berrylove fun by linking up any berry recipe from the month of April 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #berrylove event! The twitter hashtag is #berrylove

Do you enjoy making a special berry treat this time of year?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra



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  • You have adapted Nigella's recipe brilliantly! Love the idea of berries w/ red wine! Gorgeous clicks Terra! 
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet words on my Basil Strawberry post! Hugs,Terra
  • Helena / Rico sin Azúcar
    Beautiful and so fancy! perfect for the days to come ;-)
    •  Thank you so much!  The basil strawberry is perfect for summer time:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Soni / Soni’s Food for Thought
    Gorgeous and perfect springtime treat!I cannot wait to try your Red wine citrus yoghurt!Looks absolutley beautiful and your pics are fantastic Terra! Sending you lots of #Berrylove :)
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet words on my basil strawberries!  Sending hugs your way:-) Terra
  • Congratulations :D I have awarded you on my blog - enjoy right here: You deserve it :) Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet award, I truly appreciate it:-) Sending hugs your way! Terra
  • Celeste
    This is absolutely divine! I had never thought of combining basil and strawberries like this before. I've tweeted this to my followers.
    •  Thank you so much for sharing my basil strawberry treat!  It really is a fun treat in the summer time:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Junia Kim
    red wine citrus greek yogurt sounds amazing!! with basil and strawberries, this is a wonderful medley of flavors! we missed you for the bloghop. so glad you got a post in though :)
    •  Thank you sweet Junia, you are fantastic!! I love being a part of the LoveBloghops, thank you for all you do! Hugs, Terra
  • Becky
    This dessert looks amazing with red wine citrus Greek yogurt, and  basil strawberries.  all of these flavors pair well together, and your pics are gorgeous.  Sending loads of #berrylove your way!
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet words! Sending hugs your way:-)
  • I adore basil and strawberries together. This looks so refreshing - can't wait for strawberry season!
    •  I hope you enjoy the basil strawberries as much as we do, it is so refreshing:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Oh my, how delightful this is! I so wish I could eat strawberries, but I bet another berry would be lovely as well. These are just fantastic!
    •  Oh definitely, basil pretty much pairs with any fruit I think.  So enjoy away my sweet friend! Hugs, Terra
  • Ooh, the red wine citrus sauce sounds amazing. Yum!
    •  Thank you for the sweet words on my basil strawberries! Hugs, Terra
  • Wow, I've heard of balsamic strawberries but basil + strawberries is completely new to me! Gotta try this out for later this month when we go strawberry picking. :D I can imagine this as a new and interesting spin on trifle, too!
    •  Basil Strawberries are so refreshing in the warmer months, I hope you enjoy them! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Georgiecakes
    I'm loving all the flavors... basil, red wine, yogurt and fresh berries - this is my kind of easy going dessert. Happy berrylove.
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet words on my basil strawberries! Hugs, Terra
  • Ummm...sounds so amazing. Everything and altogether? Perfect for me!
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet words on my basil strawberries:-) Hugs, Terra
  • This looks and sounds amazing! I love the basil strawberry combo with creamy yogurt. I can't wait to get some more strawberries and basil to make this asap!
    •  You will love the flavor combination of basil and strawberries, it is so refreshing! Hugs, Terra
  • Terra, this is both beautiful and yummy! I love the idea of using basil with strawberries...truly masterful!!!
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet words on my basil strawberries! Sending hugs, Terra
  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
    This is such a beautiful and light dessert, Terra! Love it!
    •  Thank you for the sweet words on my basil strawberries! Hugs, Terra
  • oh yay! Love the #berrylove event you're hosting!! And very pretty dessert Terra! You're always so great at food styling and taking delicious pictures! Yogurt is such a healthy alternative to ice-cream! mmm.. I think I just felt my stomach gurgle. lol
    •  I truly appreciate your sweet words on my basil strawberry post!!! Sending hugs your way:-)
  • Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf
    This looks amazing and delicious! I have a few binders so heavy they could kill a person. These won't kill anyone - perfect for spring/summer! You inspire me. Can't wait to get home now and get to work on this. :)
    •  Awww, you are fantastic!!! Thank you so much for the sweet words on my basil strawberry post:-) Sending big hugs your way:-)
  • Basil syrop? for real? O.O I hadnt tried that before. The flavoures all in all in your fruity yogurt sound awesome, now I just ned to get basil syrop somehow. Its fun to play around with new ingredients! thanks for sharing your hyper healthy fruit yogurt and I wish u good luck for the exam and a happy easter terra!!!
    •  Basil syrup ROCKS!  Let me know if you try it:-)  Hugs, Terra
  • Karriann Graf
    Mmmm... This looks BERRY good ;) "Spice it Up"
    •  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • This is a feast for the eyes and I'm sure that palate too, beautiful!
    •  The Basil Strawberries are a perfect treat for the palate:-) Thank you so much! Take care, Terra
  • Oh, I just realized that you live in NC - I live in Raleigh, where do you live?
    •  Oh how fun, I am in Charlotte!  There are a few other food bloggers that like to get together.  We need to plan another get together, I will let you know when we plan it:-) I am on Facebook as Terra Reisinger Baltosiewich if you want to find me there:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Linda
    Red wine in yogurt! I'm sold!  This is truly a dessert I would love!  The combination of flavors are perfect!
    •  It really is a fun dessert! Thank you so much, Hugs Terra
  • I love strawberries and basil...but the red wine pairing is totally new to me. I love it!
    •  The red wine gives it a fun spin on the dessert!  I hope you enjoy:-) Thank you so much, Take care, Terra
  • Basil and strawberries is one of my favorite combinations so this yogurt is just screaming my name! It looks incredibly refreshing, and just in time for spring. Yum!
    •  Thank you so much! Hugs!!!
  • it must be very soothing :) sinfully good! Latest: How Hot can You Stand? 
    •  Thank you so much!  The basil strawberry red wine citrus Greek yogurt is seriously sinful....and a very long name, LOL:-) Hugs, Terra
  • theres so much summer in that one serving! lovely!
    •  This is a fun summer treat! Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Choc Chip Uru
    This parfait is amazing - healthy, beautifully presented and decadently indulgence all in one :D My heroine yet again :P Happy Easter! Choc Chip Uru
    •  You are so sweet!!! Thank you for your kind words:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I saw this superb strawberry beauty and I was mesmerized! So much so that I forgot to leave a comment! Jeez, so sorry to be such a dingdong. This is what staring at a gorgeous photo like yours does to me. I get in a trance! Seriously, Terra, this is DIVINE! Thanks for sharing some #BerryLove with us! 
    •  You are adorable!  You are definitely not a dingdong, LOL:-)  Thank you so much for the sweet words!! Hugs, Terra
  • Terra this is gorgeous and what a combination of flavors! I HAVE to try this. Sending you some #berrylove too btw :)
    •  Thank you so much for the sweet words!!! Happy BerryLove:-) Hugs, Terra
  • This looks like a dessert you'd get in a fancy schmancy restaurant.  It's beautiful.  I pinned it.  :)
    •  Awwww, thank you love!!! Sending hugs, Terra
  • Beautiful dessert.  I've never had strawberries and basil together (just mint, I think).  Sounds really refreshing and delicious.  Red wine citrus?  Fancy and delicious recipe!
    •  Thank you so much!!! The basil and strawberries is seriously delicious together.  Let me know if you try it:-) Hugs, Terra
  • This is just gorgeous, Terra. I keep coming back to these photos! The flavor combination of the berries + basil and the Greek yogurt + honey are fantastic. Great post! 
    •  Awwww, Thank you so much!!!  That really means a lot to me:-) Hugs, Terra