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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Turkey Bacon Dressing

Summer is here and that means salad season!
Fresh strawberries, feta cheese, crispy bacon all covered in a hot bacon dressing.

Jar of bacon dressing being poured over a strawberry spinach salad.

One of my favorite times of year is strawberry season.

Ever since I can remember - for YEARS - I've gone strawberry picking at our local strawberry patch. Growing up, it was one near my hometown and for the past 10+ years the kids and I have gone to a few different ones near our home.

I even VIVIDLY remember taking a 3 week old newborn picking {with the help of a good friend} - it wasn't one of my finer moments {lots of crying from both me and the baby}, but in the end we got our strawberries!

Since I was little we have always made multiple batches of strawberry freezer jam and then whatever other desserts we want. We love this Strawberry Upside Down Cake! Plus, I'll often freeze a bunch whole for smoothies later on.

But on top of a salad? Well, this was a first for me.

Spinach, strawberries, feta cheese, bacon and dressing on a wooden cutting board.

I've had various strawberry spinach salads over the years at restaurants, but I've never made my own. When dreaming this one up I wanted it to be both sweet and savory as I love that fun combination. I had done some work with Godshall's Turkey Bacon, so that was my main savory ingredient. I also love, love, love feta cheese in and on most everything so I threw that on too!

Strawberries this time of year are gorgeous and bursting with flavor so I figured they'd play well with the saltier ingredients.

And if I'm eating a SALAD - I need a good dressing. I once had a hot bacon dressing on top of a spinach salad and it was amazing, so I also knew I needed to recreate that.

Ally of Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats frying bacon in a pan at the stove.

I've always said - bacon makes everything better, right? Nothing gets my family to the kitchen quicker than the smell of bacon. I worked with Godshall's earlier this Summer and really like their turkey bacon. It's leaner and a good change now and then!

After you cook up the bacon - you make the most incredible dressing from the remaining bacon fat, diced onion, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil and a little salt and pepper. It gets thick and flavorful.

Pour that dressing warm over the salad and you'll be amazed at the flavor!

Bacon in the background, hand holding jar of dressing being poured over a strawberry spinach salad.

I love that this salad can stand alone or be a side dish. Make it what you want! Feeling a bit lighter, eat as the meal. Serving guests, serve it alongside some grilled chicken or fish.

Double or triple the ingredients if feeding a crowd or go halfsies if eating alone. I promise you'll love this one! The fresh ingredients have a ton of flavor and the warm dressing just brings it all together.

Make individual bowls for guests or serve it family style off a platter.

Again - make it how you want!

Spoon being held above a mason jar of warm bacon dressing.

Look at that thick, syrupy dressing!

You will have to forgive yourself when you slurp up a bite straight from the spoon. It's okay - it happens! At least it did to me.

Any extra dressing can be kept in a jar in the fridge for a few days. Just reheat in the microwave before serving again.

Plated bowl of Strawberry Spinach Salad with fork.

Whose ready to try this Summer salad?

I cannot wait to hear how much you enjoy it. Please leave a star rating below on the recipe card if you'd like. It certainly helps others to see if they should try a recipe of mine or not. It's always much appreciated by me!

Until then, happy Summer.

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