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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon Blueberries and Feta

This strawberry spinach salad is packed full of flavor from the sweetness of the strawberries and blueberries, the sharpness of the feta cheese, a bite of crunch from the savory bacon, then topped off with a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. It’s easy and quick to make with only a few simple steps. Perfectly delicious as a side dish for any occasion or add some grilled chicken to make this a complete meal!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon, Blueberries, and Feta Cheese on a plate with dressing on the side

Strawberry Spinach Salad is one of the best flavors of spring and summer. Fresh strawberries and blueberries remind me that winter is coming to an end and fresh fruits are finally in season. But I still need some comfort flavor so that’s where the bacon comes in. It tastes so amazing with the balsamic vinaigrette to make that ultimate salty and sweet combination.

This salad is definitely a crowd favorite and is always popular at potlucks and get-togethers. It also tastes fantastic as a side dish with Poppy Seed Chicken Salad.

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD

Start by making the dressing first. The longer the dressing is able to sit and meld together, the better the taste. The dressing includes olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, onion, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Combine all these ingredients together and whisk well. If you are in a hurry, you can pour all the ingredients in a small blender and pulse together to evenly mix.

For the salad, combine spinach, strawberries, blueberries, feta cheese, almonds, and bacon. The bacon can be cold or warm but it does add a nice extra flavor if it’s warm.

When you’re ready to serve, pour the dressing and toss well to thoroughly coat. This salad is best served immediately once it has dressing since spinach has a tendency to wilt quickly.

dressing ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

VARIATION OPTIONS

If fresh fruit is not in season, easily swap out the strawberries and blueberries for dried cranberries.

Walnuts and almonds are a good substitution to almonds.

Add some grilled chicken to make this a main dish.

Omit bacon if you’re looking for a vegetarian option.

close up image of the salad

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Whisk the dressing together one more time right before adding to the salad. This helps the oil and vinegar to disperse more evenly.
  • The longer the dressing sits, the better the flavor.
  • Serve immediately after adding the dressing to prevent the spinach from wilting.
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon, Blueberries, and Feta Cheese with dressing on top

MAKE AHEAD AND STORAGE OPTIONS

The salad and dressing can be stored separately in air tight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

*Once the dressing is poured onto the salad, I suggest serving immediately to prevent the spinach from wilting.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Blueberries Bacon and Feta and dressing

STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD WITH BACON, BLUEBERRIES, AND FETA CHEESE

This strawberry spinach salad is packed full of flavor from the sweetness of the strawberries and blueberries, the sharpness of the feta cheese, a bite of crunch from the savory bacon, then topped off with a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. It's easy and quick to make with only a few simple steps. Perfectly delicious as a side dish for any occasion or add some grilled chicken to make this a complete meal!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 389 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp onion minced
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Salad

  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 lb strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1 pt blueberries
  • 5 oz feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup almonds sliced or slivered
  • 4-6 slices bacon cooked and chopped into bite sized pieces

Instructions
 

Dressing

  • Whisk together oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, onion, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Salad

  • Combine spinach, strawberries, blueberries, feta cheese, almonds, and bacon in a large bowl. When ready to serve, pour dressing over salad and toss.

Notes

  • Whisk the dressing together on more time right before adding to the salad. This helps the oil and vinegar to disperse more evenly.
  • The longer the dressing sits, the better the flavor.
  • Serve immediately after adding the dressing to prevent the spinach from wilting.
  • Walnuts or pecans can be used in place of almonds.
  • Dried cranberries are delicious if strawberries or blueberries are not available.

Nutrition

Serving: 6gCalories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 9gFat: 29gSodium: 361mgSugar: 21g
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Nutrition Facts
STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD WITH BACON, BLUEBERRIES, AND FETA CHEESE
Serving Size
 
6 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
389
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
29
g
45
%
Sodium
 
361
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Sugar
 
21
g
23
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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