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My Favorite Strawberry Bacon Salad

Perfect for warm weather, parties, lunch, and a light dinner! Sweet, savory, and simple strawberry bacon salad. Try adding grilled chicken! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

So much I love about this salad right now!

Before I get to that, let me say that I feel like salad is very much needed today. We’re all coming in from the weekend. Our inboxes are full, our shoulders sunburned. We spent yesterday in traffic and we hit the snooze button 3x. Hold on. Coffee refill, stat. We not only ate cake and cookies this weekend, but cookie cakes and cookies. We opened the pool and fired up the grill. Throw in some summer shandy, s’mores, and backyard BBQ grub.

Post long weekend blues: very real and very now.

Perfect for warm weather, parties, lunch, and a light dinner! Sweet, savory, and simple strawberry bacon salad. Try adding grilled chicken! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Yes, salad is very much needed today. Especially a salad that doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating salad. I call those trickster salads. You know the kind. More stuff than lettuce. More layers, textures, flavors, bacon, fruit, and cheese. Still counts as a salad though. Because there’s lettuce. Those are the very best kinds of salads, no?

My mom shared the recipe with me months ago; it’s one of those staple recipes she borrowed from a dear friend. I’ve made it for lunch, for dinner, for friends, and for bridal showers. Everyone loves it. I’m not sure if there’s room on the internet for another strawberry bacon salad, but this one is my absolute favorite!

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Ingredients for strawberry bacon salad on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The Must-Have Stuff

  • Crispy bacon. The more, the better.
  • The juiciest strawberries you can find
  • Nuts– any of them. I love pecans. Toast them if you’re feeling ambitious!
  • Blue cheese. Bleu cheese? I’m not fancy enough, so blue.

I know blue cheese freaks 90% of the population out. Let’s get real: it’s not winning any beauty awards and its stench is undoubtedly suspicious. But its bold flavor is probably the best part, especially paired with the sweet strawberries and honey balsamic vinaigrette. Are you a blue cheese person? I love it in my omelets, on my pizza, and I’ve even whipped blue cheese into mashed potatoes before. (That was REALLY good!) If blue cheese is just totally not your thing, I get that. And you’re certainly not alone! Feta cheese, gorgonzola, or a creamy goat cheese would all be wonderful here.

Even though my heart belongs to those salty blue cheese crumbles, what I really love about this salad is the honey balsamic vinaigrette. It’s homemade! And it’s easy! I typically see this salad with a poppy seed dressing of sorts, but the honey balsamic vinaigrette takes it to a whole other level.

Perfect for warm weather, parties, lunch, and a light dinner! Sweet, savory, and simple strawberry bacon salad. Try adding grilled chicken! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

This is one of those salads that’s not only perfect for entertaining, but for a quick weekday lunch or a light dinner. Takes, maybe, 20 minutes to make and I can eat a huge plate of it without feeling like I need to follow up with 12 more servings and a large pizza on the side. If I make it for dinner, I usually add grilled chicken or baked salmon. I’ve even added chopped red onion, cooked quinoa, sliced avocado, and one time I added hard boiled eggs and arranged it like a cobb salad. Really anything you can dream up as long as you don’t ditch all the stuff.

The stuff is what makes it so good. 🙂

Perfect for warm weather, parties, lunch, and a light dinner! Sweet, savory, and simple strawberry bacon salad. Try adding grilled chicken! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

My Favorite Strawberry Bacon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (spinach is delicious too!)
  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
  • 5-6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese1
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans2

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. I make the vinaigrette first and like to keep in in the refrigerator until ready to use. It's great for up to 2 weeks stored in the refrigerator. All you do is whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients together. Taste, then add salt and pepper as needed.
  2. In a large bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients together, then mix in the vinaigrette. You may not need all the vinaigrette-- use as much or little as you prefer.
  3. Plate and serve. Salad makes wonderful leftovers for lunch the next day!

Recipe Notes:

  1. If you have some extra time, toast the pecans for added flavor. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread pecans on top and toast for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool before adding to salad.
  2. Instead of blue cheese, try feta, gorgonzola, or goat cheese.

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More berry salads! I’ve got this crispy chicken salad too– with a homemade fresh berry vinaigrette you’ll just love.

This is one of those salads that's not only perfect for entertaining, but for a quick weekday lunch or a light dinner! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

43 comments

  1. Strawberries and bacon? It sounds like it shouldn’t work…but it looks delicious! I simply cannot wait to try this!
    Ellie
    xxx

    http://www.thiscountrygirlsjournal.com/

  2. This salad looks soo incredible. I mean, for real, how can I turn down strawberries AND bacon in a salad?! I’m all about salads loaded with flavors and textures and this salad has it all. So I definitely can’t wait to give this a try. It looks so warm and inviting. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who aren’t a fan of blue cheese. Even the mildest is too bold for me. So I’ll have to substitute. but yay! A new salad to try!

  3. This salad Sally hits that sweet and savory spot on every level! Trickster salads are the way-to-go in life! Ha. I did laugh when I read that because it’s so true. And bacon makes the world go round. Hope you had a lovely Birthday and didn’t get sunburned too badly. That’s the worst. 

  4. Sweet and savory are two of my favorite flavor combinations! The fresh strawberries will be ripe and ready for picking before we know it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 

  5. Aw man I don’t eat bacon, but that crispy chicken salad linked below the recipe sounds like it’s right up my alley!! I hope you had a fantastic birthday weekend Sally <3

  6. Thank you for the nice salad. Have a good day!

  7. Trickster salads are the only way to go 😉 And there is DEFINITELY room for another Strawberry Bacon Salad on the interwebs – especially one that looks THIS GOOD. Gah – can’t wait to try it. 

  8. Salads packed with “stuff” are the best. That honey balsamic sounds amazing, too!

  9. Lol. Sally, I just loved the theoretical Memorial Day weekend portrait you painted–full of shandy, cookie cakes and more. 😉 I’m not gonna lie–I had my fair share of burgers (like 2 or 3, or maybe 4 this weekend).
    I say this salad is definitely the answer to kicking the post long-weekend blues to the curb! Also, the good thing about a long weekend that runs into Monday is… the week is almost half over! Yay!! I was laughing so much over your description of bleu/blue cheese. It really is something else!
    Btw, they’re getting ready to ship my custom board out!!! Let the countdown to new food photography background commence! 😉 Have a wonderful week + say hi to Franklin Sinatra for me. xo

  10. This salad looks amazing! Perfect for summer.

    I have a question for you…I thought that Gorgonzola was blue cheese from the Gorgonzola region of France, basically a more expensive version of blue cheese. But in a couple of recipes you’ve mentioned it as an alternative to blue cheese, so now I’m not sure…

    🙂

    • It IS a type of blue cheese, but the smell isn’t quite as strong and the taste isn’t quite as sharp. I have a few friends who can manage gorgonzola but haven’t quite made it to the serious blue cheese loving spectrum.

  11. I’m definitely a salad with lots of “stuff” person too! I always (accidentally) end up throwing in a lot of extra tomatoes and cheese when I make a new recipe. Oops? I have to admit I was skeptical when I saw a strawberry bacon salad in my email header, but now that I’ve read about it, I can see it tasting delicious. I definitely want to try it to remind myself first impressions aren’t everything! I might throw some shrimp into it too now that it’s starting to go on sale down here 😉

  12. Can I just tell you how good all these ingredients are together????? And I’m a HUGE lover of blue (bleu) cheese crumbles and have make this salad on numerous occasions! The weird thing is (because many not liking blue chees) is that I have found many people do not like fruit in their salads! SAY WHAT????????????? I love walnuts in this salad because I love walnuts and strawberries together but have used sunflower seeds too! OMG….I’m so making this for lunch today! And, Sally, I’m so with you! The more “crunchy stuff” in a salad the better…..the lettuce does make this a salad officially!! And just wait! Strawberry picking season is a couple of weeks away! Nothing like freshly picked Strawberries in this salad. My mouth is already watering. Thanks for making that happen Sally!

    • Sunflower seeds would be so good here, you’re right! I’m trying it. Not liking fruit in salad is actually quite common! But I’m on the WAY opposite side, the more the better!

  13. Bacon and strawberries! Incredible! I will try this because it is so not Swedish!

  14. Ooh this looks so good, Sally. I’m not much of a bleu cheese girl myself, my nose tends to eat before my belly and you are so right, that smell is quite suspicious! But I’ll omit it and eat the rest of this salad, you can’t ever go wrong with bacon.

  15. This looks so delicious! Strawberry & bacon sounds like a great combo!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  16. Sally, that salad tickles my taste buds!  We quite often have just a salad for dinner and this looks like a winner!  Thank you!  By the way, Franklin is adorable!

  17. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! I love everything about this salad…including the blue cheese! 😉 It’s all of my favorite things in one bowl. Can’t wait to try it!

  18. I just made this salad for lunch, devoured it, and pronounce it DELICIOUS!  The dressing is especially tasty, simple to whisk up and will serve me well on other salads that I make. 
    Thank you!

  19. Strawberries and bacon are two of my favorite things. This salad has my heart. 

  20. We had this tonight since it was still about 93 degrees at dinner time.  It was so yummy!  I did use Feta instead of Blue cheese since we’re not really fans.  We also added avocado slices and used honey roasted pecans and the real bacon pieces that you can get at Costco (I just crisp them up in a frying pan over medium-high heat for a few minutes).  Thank you so much for such a delicious dinner! 🙂

  21. This was absolutely delicious! I made it today with fresh strawberries and mizuna in place of the lettuce because it was in our CSA basket this week. My husband and I loved it! He said it was the best thing he ever ate. I used Parmesan because we had it on hand and I don’t like blue cheese. Amazing! Love your recipes for baking – my go to for many treats. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  22. I absolutely LOVE this salad – have already made it a several times in the last two weeks. I make it with baby arugula, which balances the sweet of the strawberries, pecans, and dressing.

    Sally, this is my first post but not my first recipe. I have been reading your site and making your recipes for the past three months — you have single handedly turned me into a person who looks forward to cooking and baking for myself and others! Thank you for sharing outstanding recipes that I can both learn from and depend on!   

    • Hey Jen! I bet this salad is wonderful with arugula. Thanks so much for sharing that and for taking the time to say hi and thank you. Very much appreciated!!

  23. I like trying different recipies. Sounds yummy. I love Bleu cheese, strawberries & bacon. Because of the amount of fat in regular bacon I use beef bacon. I just bake it in the oven until somewhat crispy. Can’t wait to try this salad.

  24. I can’t tell you how much I love your website!  I have been using your recipes for several years now and you are incredibly gifted when it comes to making these recipes.  You are my go-to website for everything I make and I just wanted to finally tell you how much I appreciate it!  

  25. This salad was so good!  Amazing how a few ingredients can taste so great.  We have flavored balsamic vinegars that we get from a local source, and I used the pomegranate balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and it was really good and a little quicker to prepare.  THanks for the idea – this was a perfect dinner after a long day! 

  26. I LOVE this salad. The things I do differently–use feta cheese since I don’t care for the blue, use candied pecans & use strawberry vinaigrette. Along with your Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry buttercream, I’m in Strawberry heaven!!!

  27. There is nothing but good to say about this salad.  Love it and it has been added to my favorites.  Next time I make it I will grill a chicken breast and make a meal of it.  So very delicious.

  28. Oh man normally I am not a fruit and salad kinda girl until I had a pear gorgonzola salad but strawberries and bacon hmm interesting but does this look absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try it.

  29. I made it with apinach as you suggested and it is the best salad i have ever made. Thanks

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