This classic British dessert is the no-bake, no-cook, no-fuss dessert your summer has been waiting for—a delicious mishmash of strawberries, whipped cream and (purchased) meringues.


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place berries in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar (use more if berries are slightly underripe, less if they're sweet and juicy), the lemon zest and salt. Gently fold with a silicone spatula. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, folding occasionally.

  • Meanwhile, break meringues into irregular pieces. (One method: Set each meringue on the countertop and press firmly with the heel of your hand.) You should have about 2 2/3 cups.

  • Place cream, 1 tablespoon sugar and the vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).

  • To assemble: Divide half the broken meringues (and their crumbs) among six dessert bowls or good-size (12-ounce) drinking glasses. Top with half of the berries, then half of the whipped cream. Repeat layers, ending with cream. Chill 30 to 60 minutes before serving.


To serve a party, double the recipe and layer ingredients as directed in a glass trifle bowl.Nutrition Facts (per serving): 271 cal., 15 g total fat (9 g sat. fat), 45 mg chol., 70 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 3 g fiber, 30 g sugar, 3 g pro.Daily Values: 12% vit. A, 143% vit. C, 5% calcium, 4% iron.