Strawberry, Bacon, and Feta Salad

Strawberry, Bacon, and Feta Salad

There are still a few strawberries left in the strawberry fields near our house, but they won’t be available much longer. They are some of the most juicy and delicious strawberries I’ve ever had, left on the vine until perfectly ripe. They’re so ripe they only last a day or two after picking and that’s OK because they get gobbled up pretty much right away.

Strawberry, Bacon, and Feta Salad

Since we have access to such great strawberries this time of year, we try to eat them as much as possible. We make cobbler, pancakes, shortcake, and sweet rolls with them.

One of my favorite ways to eat strawberries or any fruit is in a salad. That didn’t use to be the case. As a child I couldn’t stand the thought of any fruit in a savory dish. I thought it should be illegal!

Strawberry, Bacon, and Feta Salad

But as an adult I think I may enjoy fruit in savory dishes even more than in desserts. This salad is one of my favorite flavor combinations: sweet and juicy berries, salty bacon and feta cheese, crunchy romaine and almonds, and a dressing that is both sweet and tangy.

It makes for a wonderful light supper!

Strawberry, Bacon, and Feta Salad

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Strawberry, Bacon, and Feta Salad
 
This spring salad is full of contrasting flavors. Plenty of sweetness from the strawberries and dressing plus lots of saltiness from the bacon and feta cheese.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • ½ a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup almond slices
Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Raspberry White Balsamic Vinegar (or plain white balsamic)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup Canola oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, toss together romaine, bacon, strawberries, red onion and feta cheese.
  2. To make dressing, whisk together all ingredients, except oil in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil.
  3. Sprinkle almonds on top of salad and drizzle with dressing.
Notes
If you have a red onion that is especially strong, you can take some of the bite out of it by placing the sliced onion in a bowl of ice water for 15-20 minutes or so.

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23 thoughts on “Strawberry, Bacon, and Feta Salad

  1. I can’t wait to go strawberry picking this year too. This salad is gorgeous with all the fresh berries – I love all the sweet and salty action going on in here, <3 this!

  2. You’ve basically called for ALL the things I love and put them in a salad and made them semi-healthy… and I cannot wait to make this salad! Unfortunately, my husband still falls into the no fruit on a salad thing, but I’m hoping I can eventually win him over. This recipe might help. πŸ˜‰

  3. Oooo this does look like an amazingly light and refreshing dinner! I am slowly starting to get into the idea of fruit in savory dishes, and something about the combo of strawberries and bacon in this salad has me intrigued! πŸ˜€

    1. Bacon and strawberries taste so good together! But what doesn’t taste good with bacon πŸ™‚
      It took me a long time to warm up to fruit in savory dishes too and now I can’t get enough.

  4. I have yet to go strawberry picking …. I need to make it happen one of these days! This salad looks absolutely amazing – sweet, salty, it’s got everything going on!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful salad. Recently I discovered how good strawberries can be in savory dishes. Though I used fruits before in various salads never used strawberries in salads or meat dishes. It’s an amazing combination.

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