Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad with fresh strawberries, spinach, feta, bacon and homemade strawberry vinaigrette is a sweet, salty, smoky satisfying salad!
When strawberry season finally arrives, after a long cold winter of zero fresh fruits, I want strawberries in everything I can possibly get them in!
Just up the street from me is a strawberry farm that lays quietly with black tarp over the sleeping strawberry fields during the winter months. The day that tarp comes off, my kitchen is in full swing for my own little strawberry festival of flavors!
No, this is not a fruit salad. This is the most amazing combination of sweet strawberries, salty feta, smoky bacon with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette tossed into a lovely dark bundle of spinach, and a zest of orange on top!
For a complete meal, serve strawberry salad with a homemade Stromboli. A meal with lots of garden goodies!
How about a fast salad dressing that is sure to elevate any salad you drizzle it over! Fresh strawberries pureed with garlic, chili flakes, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil rosemary and sea salt. Vinaigrette will last one week in the fridge, so don’t be shy, make a jar full for the entire week of fabulous salads!
How To Make Strawberry Salad
If you are like me, the last thing you want to do at the end of a beautiful day is be stuck in the kitchen for an hour to prepare a meal while the sun is still out. I learned long ago to be smart about spring and summer cooking and do the prep early in the morning and then ‘fa-getta bout it’!
Bacon gets popped in the oven for 20 minutes to bake, drain, then store in the fridge. Spinach washed, feta chopped, strawberries sliced. Strawberry vinaigrette pureed and put in the fridge until dinner.
Come dinner, it’s all ready to toss together and maybe serve with a loaf of Stromboli or a crunchy baguette and maybe… just maybe a Strawberry Daiquiri!
How To Make Strawberry Vinaigrette
Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe
Strawberry Vinaigrette is so darn easy! In the blender or food processor, toss a handful of washed and stemmed strawberries, white balsamic or even apple cider vinegar, garlic, chili flakes, yes chili flakes to elevate this vinaigrette with a little heat, salt and fresh herbs, while the machine is running, pour in a little olive oil to emulsify the mixture and you have a fabulous salad dressing!
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- Fresh Spinach
- Feta cheese
- Bacon or Smoked Salmon
- Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Mixing bowl
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Large spoon
- Sauté pan – to cook bacon
Strawberry Vinaigrette SaladCourse: Salads and Veggies
Strawberry salad with fresh strawberries, spinach, feta, bacon and strawberry vinaigrette for a sweet, salty, smoky satisfying salad!
Raw Spinach – 1 lb washed and dried
Strawberries – 1 1/2 cups, washed and quartered
Feta Cheese – 8 oz cut into cubes
Bacon – 1 lb cooked and rough chopped
Strawberry Vinaigrette – 1/2 cup
Orange – 1 orange for the zest
- In a large bowl, place the washed/dried spinach and strawberry vinaigrette. Toss well. Transfer to individual plates or one family size plate.
- Lay the strawberries, feta, bacon neatly across the top of the spinach. Grate a generous zest of orange across the top of the salad and serve.
- A great swap-out for the smoked bacon is slices of smoked salmon!