Aug 8

Back-to-School Strawberry Quesadillas

in Fruits & Vegetables, Oyatsu/Snack

Strawberry Quesadillas

Back-to-School.  Yup, it’s that time again!  I know, I can’t believe it either.  Squirrel actually had her first day of school YESTERDAY.  Isn’t that crazy?  What happened to school starting after Labor Day?  But I digress.  Squirrel is now in first grade, which means she goes to school for a full day.

Squirrel on her first day of first grade

This means it’s time for me to get back into bento making!  It also means I’ll also be sharing more bento ideas and tips with you!  Not only does the switch to a full day of school make what I pack in Squirrel’s bento each day super important, but it also means that she comes home and is ready for a snack right away.

Ingredients for Strawberry Quesadillas

One of my favorite snack tricks is making quesadillas because they are quick and easy to make.  If you add things like chopped up veggies and beans, then you can reduce the amount of cheese that you use, making them much healthier than a straight cheese quesadilla.  Our new favorite quesadilla combo is one that uses sliced strawberries instead of tomatoes.  As an ambassador for California Strawberries, I thought it high time I share this creation with you!

Making Strawberry Quesadillas

The strawberries add a tart sweetness that is crazy good paired with slices of creamy avocado, black beans, and some cheese of course!  The perfect after school snack.  While we’re talking back-to-school related food, California Strawberries is doing a fun Build a Better Lunch Box campaign and giving away 5 PlanetBox Rover Lunchboxes, which are awesome.  Make sure you go and enter!

Back-to-School Strawberry Quesadillas

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Strawberry Quesadillas

Makes 4 servings

4 8-inch flour tortillas
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
6 ounces strawberries, cut into slices
1 avocado, cut into slices
1/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
4 teaspoons snipped fresh cilantro

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place 1 tortilla in the skillet. Arrange 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese over half of the tortilla. Cook for 1 minute, or until the cheese begins to melt.

2. Arrange the strawberry slices, avocado slices, and 1 tablespoon of the black beans over the cheese. Top with 1 teaspoon of the cilantro, then fold the tortilla in half and press gently with a spatula.

3. Cook the quesadilla for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan. Repeat the procedure 3 times with the remaining tortillas and ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve immediately.


* Disclosure: I am being compensated for this post as part of my work as an ambassador for California Strawberries. All opinions are my own.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Meg T August 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I can’t wait to try these!! They look amazing. Thanks for sharing!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm



miss mochi August 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Oh I love the idea of black beans and strawberries. I would have never thought of that combination in a quesadilla, but looking at this recipe I wonder why have I not? Yum! Plus with strawberries, avocado, and Monterey jack, this is a very fresh Californian quesadilla :D


Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Gotta love those California flavors, right? :-)


Lizthechef August 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

I can’t believe she is off to first grade – yikes! Your recipe is perfect for this time of year – miss you and your girls. X0


Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Miss you too Liz! It’s been way too long. I know, I can’t believe she’s in first grade now either. Time passes too quickly!


Nobuko August 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

These look amazing… i will be trying them out in exactly 3 weeks as well!
Thanks for the idea!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Nobuko. I hope you enjoy them!


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor August 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

I love how this quesadilla combines some of my favorite ingredients – strawberries, avocado and black beans. Thanks for sharing and happy first day of school!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

So glad to hear that someone out there loves these ingredients as much as I do!


Meg August 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I was just wondering what to do with the VERY ripe strawberries I purchased. Hello, lunch!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Quesadillas for the win!!


Zack May 25, 2021 at 10:52 am

This is perfect! Strawberries JUST came into season and with things opening up I’m back commuting for work 😬

And I bet this would be amazing with pears when it’s winter time 🤔 Might have to switch out the cheeses though. Just curious if you’ve tried this recipe with other fruit? Thanks!


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