Favorite Strawberry Bacon Salad

With varying textures and flavors like crispy bacon, juicy strawberries, crunchy lettuce, and creamy blue cheese, there’s so much to love about this simple strawberry bacon salad. It’s perfect for entertaining, but also makes a light lunch or dinner.

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Tell Me About This Strawberry Bacon Salad

  • Texture: While we love the strawberries and pops of creaminess from the cheese, this salad is all about crunch courtesy of the romaine lettuce, bacon, and pecans. 
  • Flavor: We’re amazed by the amount of flavor packed into a salad that calls for just 5 ingredients: sweet, savory, sharp, and nutty. The honey balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch, bringing all these wonderful flavors together.
  • Ease: Salads are usually pretty easy to throw together and this one is no exception– just chop, toss, and serve.
  • Time: If you don’t have cooked bacon, set aside some time to cook it first. We usually use the stovetop for bacon. After that, the salad takes about 15 minutes to throw together.

Suggestions for Serving this Strawberry Bacon Salad

This salad is our usual go-to for entertaining, such as alongside Christmas dinner or Easter brunch, at bridal showers, baby showers, or really anytime you need a guaranteed delicious (and easy!) dish.

When we make it for dinner, we usually add something substantial like grilled chicken or salmon. We’ve also added 1/2 cup of chopped red onion or chickpeas and/or 1 sliced avocado for extra flavor and texture. Sometimes we arrange hard-boiled eggs on top like a cobb salad, too.

When preparing the strawberry bacon salad as a side dish, we often serve it with baked macaroni and cheese, corn fritters, crab cakes, or lemon herb salmon.

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Some Notes on the Ingredients

  • Strawberries. Use the juiciest strawberries you can find– they make an even more flavorful salad.
  • Nuts. We love pecans, but chopped walnuts or sliced almonds are great options too.
  • Blue cheese. Blue cheese (bleu cheese)– you either love it or you hate it. Sure, it won’t win any beauty awards and its scent is undoubtedly suspicious, but its bold flavor is one of the best parts of this salad especially when paired with sweet strawberries and honey balsamic vinaigrette. If blue cheese just isn’t your thing, you have options! Either feta cheese or goat cheese work too.
  • Honey balsamic vinaigrette. What we love most about this strawberry bacon salad is the homemade vinaigrette. We typically see this salad with a poppy seed dressing of sorts, but the honey balsamic vinaigrette takes it to an entirely new level. It’s very easy to make and you can shake it up ahead of time.

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strawberry bacon salad on a white plate

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My Favorite Strawberry Bacon Salad

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This is our favorite strawberry bacon salad because it’s always a crowd-pleaser and if you already have cooked bacon, it takes about 15 minutes to throw together.


Ingredients

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
  • 56 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese*
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans*

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

Instructions

  1. Make the vinaigrette first by whisking all of the vinaigrette ingredients together. Taste, then add salt and pepper as needed. You can make the dressing ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use. It’s great for up to 2 weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
  2. If your bacon is not already cooked, cook it according to its package directions. Cool until ready to handle, then chop it up.
  3. 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.
  4. Plate and serve. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Notes

  1. Lettuce: Instead of romaine, this salad is wonderful with spinach or mixed field greens too.
  2. Cheese: Instead of blue cheese, try feta or goat cheese.
  3. Pecans: 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. Cool before adding to salad. Feel free to substitute with chopped walnuts or sliced almonds. (And you can toast those following the same toasting directions.)

Keywords: strawberry bacon salad

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

59 Comments

  1. Ellie Crossley says:

    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. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    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. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says:

    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. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    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. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says:

    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. Leah @ Grain Changer says:

    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. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says:

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

  9. Demeter | Beaming Baker says:

    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

    1. Can’t wait to see your photos on the new board!

  10. Katrina Kurth says:

    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…

    🙂

    1. 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. Hayley Morrin says:

    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 😉

    1. A little protein punch from shrimp is perfect. I love shrimp and bacon together.

  12. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    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!

    1. 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. Maria Gustavsdotter says:

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

    1. Let me know what you think!

  14. Britt Anne @ Sweet Tea & Thyme says:

    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.

    1. And you can use another cheese if you’d like too!

  15. This looks so delicious! Strawberry & bacon sounds like a great combo!
    Kari
    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!

    1. Thanks Nancy– I can’t get enough of him!

  17. Mary // Chattavore says:

    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!

    1. Another blue cheese fanatic! 🙂

  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!

    1. Right on! Happy to hear it!

  19. Chineka @ Savor The Baking says:

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

  20. Michelle G. says:

    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! 🙂

    1. Sounds perfect!

  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!

    1. Awesome! I bet parm was great on this salad.

  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!   

    1. 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!  

    1. Thank you so much, Brenda! Happy to hear from you and thank you for being such a loyal reader! 🙂

  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. Mary Tretter says:

    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!!!

    1. feta is delicious, yes!!

  27. Janice watts says:

    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. Janice watts says:

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

  30. I see you said this is great for leftovers, so do you think if I made it at night for a baby shower the next day, it would still be good? I wasn’t sure if the lettuce/spinach would get too soggy. Also, about how much would you estimate it makes? I wonder if I should double the recipe. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Susan! You can toss all the ingredients together except for the dressing. Mix that in right before the party. Makes about 8-9 cups, 4 generous servings.

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