Prep Time
5 hours, 20 minutes
Cook Time
Number of Servings

Strawberry and Basil Pavola

By: Melissa Rakvica

Heart Healthy Low Fat Low Sodium Gluten Free Vegetarian

A delicious and sweet dish at under 100 calories. Ingredients include fresh strawberries, greek yogurt, lemon zest, tartar cream, and more. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

What you will need:

  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • ½ tsp Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp Cream of Tartar
  •  ½ Cup & 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 4 Cups of fresh Strawberries
  • 1 tsp grated Lemon Zest
  • ¾ Cup 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Glaze (see Balsamic Chicken Recipe)
  • 3 Basil Leaves (for garnish)

What to do:

1.      Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

2.      On parchment paper, draw an 8-inch circle or (2) 4-inch circles.

3.      Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites, cornstarch, and cream of tartar in a glass bowl until frothy.

4.      Gradually beat in ½ cup sugar slowly, 1 Tbsp at a time until soft peaks form.

5.      Spread merengue on parchment lined baking sheet with your parchment paper circle on top.

6.      Fill in the circle with merengue, ¾-inch thick in the center and more around the edges 1½ -inch thick so you’ve created a well in the center.

7.      Bake merengue in oven until firm to touch (about 3 hours).

8.      Turn off oven and let it cool for about 2 hours.

9.      About 30 minutes before serving, toss strawberries, lemon zest, and 1 Tbsp sugar in a bowl  to get the fruit juices running.

10.  Carefully transfer the merengue to a serving platter and fill the well with yogurt.  Top with berries and basil.

**Merengue can be made a day or two ahead of time. Store airtight in a cool, dry place.**