All you need are five ingredients and a food processor to make this creamy strawberry mascarpone dip! It’s sweetened with honey, and has a hint of tangy Greek yogurt flavor. So simple to make, too!
This dip is delicious served with graham crackers, fruit and/or berries, or pound cake. It would also make a great topping for baked goods or breakfast food, like cupcakes or pancakes. Either way, it’s a must-make for summer!
Strawberry Honey Dip with Mascarpone & Yogurt
With summer in full swing, I was craving something light and fruity. I happened to have some leftover mascarpone cheese, and decided to make a honey mascarpone dip with strawberries!
It turned out even better than I hoped, with just enough sweetness from the honey and some tangy flavor from the Greek yogurt.
Mascarpone cheese and Greek yogurt make a great combination. They’re both smooth and creamy, with somewhat mild flavors that allow the strawberries to shine. (You can make this with just Greek yogurt, but it may not be as thick and it’ll taste a little more like a tangy cheesecake dip.)
You only need 5 ingredients to make this delicious strawberry mascarpone dip:
- mascarpone cheese: Mascarpone makes this dip super creamy, and tones down the tanginess of the Greek yogurt just the right amount. (If you don’t have mascarpone, I’ve included some substitution ideas later in this post.)
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt lightens up this dip and adds a nice depth of flavor. I highly recommend using full-fat Greek yogurt (around 5%) for the right consistency. (Low-fat yogurts will thin out the dip.)
- strawberries: Ripe strawberries are ideal here for the best flavor! Look for bright red strawberries without any visible bruising. Frozen strawberries also work great – just be sure to thaw them in the refrigerator first, and drain any excess liquid with a paper towel before using them.
- honey: To sweeten the dip and make it a little less thick.
- vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla compliments the strawberry flavor.
What is mascarpone cheese?
Mascarpone cheese is like an Italian version of cream cheese, but with a milder flavor and more velvety/smooth texture. It’s a bit sweeter and more buttery tasting.
It’s made from heavy cream and tartaric or citric acid (such as lemon juice). It thickens when it’s chilled, like cream cheese, but is easier to soften at room temperature.
Mascarpone is commonly used in desserts like tiramisu and some cheesecakes.
How to Make Strawberry Mascarpone Dip
Making this dip couldn’t be simpler! Combine all the ingredients, except the strawberries, in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Then, toss in the strawberries (make sure to remove the green stems/leaves) and puree again until the dip reaches your desired consistency.
If you can’t fit all the whole strawberries in your food processor at once, start with less at first, and add more as you go.
Note: if you want your dip to be extra thick, roughly chop the strawberries on their own first in the food processor. Then, pour the chopped strawberries into a bowl lined with a paper towel to drain any excess liquid. Add the drained diced strawberries back to the food processor, along with the other ingredients, and purée until smooth and combined.
To serve, scoop the dip into a bowl and drizzle with more honey if desired. Easy peasy!
What to Serve With Strawberry Honey Dip
Because this dip doesn’t have a super intense flavor, it tastes great with tons of dipping options! Here are some ideas:
- graham crackers
- berry skewers (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
- Nilla wafers, oreos, or other pantry cookies
- pretzels (a tasty sweet and salty combo!)
- pound cake or angel food cake
What can I sweeten this with besides honey?
Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup, agave, or any other liquid sweetener – it just might have a slightly different taste than the original recipe. Additionally, powdered sugar should work as a sweetener. (If the dip is too thick, just add a little milk.)
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries in this dip! But you need to thaw them first. Just place them in a bowl in the refrigerator until they’re thawed, then dry them off with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Also, be sure to cut off the leafy green stems if they aren’t already removed.
Mascarpone Cheese Substitutes
If you’re not feeling mascarpone (or you just don’t have any), here are a few options for replacements:
- whipped cream: I recommend using homemade whipped cream so you can control how much sugar is in it, but if you only have sweetened whipped cream, then leave out the honey in this recipe.
- cream cheese: Cream cheese can be used instead of mascarpone, but the dip will be much tangier – like a cheesecake dip. Be sure to soften the cream cheese first by setting it out on the counter ahead of time.
- Greek yogurt: This recipe already calls for some Greek yogurt, but you can replace the mascarpone with more Greek yogurt for a lighter (but less thick) dip.
Store this dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can serve it directly from the fridge when you’re ready to eat.
I’m sure this dip would be delicious made with other fruit, too – like blueberries, peaches, or mango! Either way, you’re just a few minutes away from dipping bliss. 🙂
If you make this strawberry mascarpone dip, I’d love if you shared your thoughts with a rating and comment below!
More fruit-inspired desserts to try:
- Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Bites
- Raspberry Almond Blondies
- Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake Cups
- Blueberry Walnut Blondies
- Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Honey Strawberry Mascarpone Dip
- ¾ cup mascarpone cheese, softened* (about 5 oz)
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt*
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz strawberries
- Combine all ingredients except strawberries in a food processor. Puree until smooth.
- Remove the leafy green stems from the strawberries, then add them to the food processor. Puree with the other ingredients until smooth.
- Spoon the dip into a bowl and add an extra drizzle of honey if desired. Serve with graham crackers and/or fruit!