Wash and hull the strawberries. Cut the small ones in half and quarter the large ones.
Place the strawberries in a large bowl. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine and allow to stand at room temperature for 20 - 30 minutes for strawberries to release their natural juices, but not too long.
Serve macerated strawberries by dividing it between two serving bowls. Optionally add some whipped cream and chopped almonds or use the macerated strawberries in cakes, pudding, pannacotta, waffles, pancakes... Store in an airtight container in a fridge for up to two days.