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Strawberry Fields Salad

Strawberry Fields Salad with juicy fresh strawberries, feta cheese, red onion, dried cranberries, bacon, grilled chicken, glazed pecans, and a sweet and tangy dressing is bursting with flavor. This is such a great salad for spring!

Strawberry Fields Salad in a large white serving bowl.

 

There’s sweetness from the strawberries, glazed pecans, and dressing, plus lots of saltiness from the feta cheese and bacon. The sweetness is balanced with plenty of tartness from the dressing and a little spiciness from the glazed pecans.

 

Fresh and juicy local strawberries are everywhere this time of year and since they are available for only a short time, I think it is best to try and eat them everyday.

Besides smoothies, salads are my favorite way to use up excess strawberries. I find that really ripe strawberries are so juicy, I only want a little drizzle of salad dressing with them.

Overhead of Strawberry Fields Salad in white bowl.

 

Tips for making Strawberry Fields Salad:

This salad is totally customizable. You can use romaine lettuce instead of mixed greens or blue cheese instead of feta.

Use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken instead of grilled.

Shrimp are a great choice if you don’t want to use chicken.

To simplify things, use store-bought glazed pecans.

 

I add in some grilled chicken when I want to make a main dish out of this salad and leave it out when I am serving Strawberry Fields Salad with something else.

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Strawberry Fields Salad in a bowl.

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Strawberry Fields Salad in a large white serving bowl.

Strawberry Fields Salad

Strawberry Fields Salad with juicy fresh strawberries, feta cheese, red onion, dried cranberries, bacon, grilled chicken, glazed pecans, and a sweet and tangy dressing is bursting with flavor. 
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 12 mins
TOTAL: 27 mins
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (5-ounce) package mixed greens
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup glazed pecans, recipe below
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil

Glazed Pecans

  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • To make dressing, whisk together all ingredients except oil. Gradually whisk in oil.
  • To make pecans, preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar, salt, and both peppers to a boil. Add pecans and stir for 30 seconds to coat well. Transfer to a baking sheet greased with butter. Bake 12-14 minutes.
  • In a large salad bowl, toss together greens, strawberries, onion, cranberries, feta cheese, chicken, bacon, and pecans.
  • Toss with desired amount of dressing.

Notes

Serves 4-6

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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Originally published April 29, 2015

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24 thoughts on “Strawberry Fields Salad”

  1. Served this salad today with a tomato tart for 6 friends. They went crazy! So beautiful on a clear plate. Did not include the meat as one friend is a vegeterian.
    I will include meat for my husband and I. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My husband made this recipe today. It was absolutely delicious — the perfect combination of savory and sweet. You just feel good after eating it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

  3. I want to make this salad for a dinner tomorrow. Just wondering if it can be made ahead of time?

  4. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    This is SO gorgeous. I mean, I can’t even take my eyes off of it. My mom is coming for lunch today and I am making us this. It’s decided!

  5. Mary @chattavore

    This looks so delicious! I’ve been making lots of Mason jar salads for our lunches and this would be great in a Mason jar!

  6. Beautiful salad Christin…I love adding strawberries in my salad…like the idea of feta and bacon…
    Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  7. I love love love making salads with fresh fruit, especially strawberries! This looks so delicious and I love those pecans too!

  8. This is such a beautiful salad, Christin! I can’t get enough of strawberries and salads are one of my favorite ways to enjoy them too. I love everything you added in here – this is theperfect summer salad!

  9. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    There is just so much goodness going on in this gorgeous salad, Christin! Those big beautiful strawberries are calling my name and omg all those gorgeous glazed nuts! This needs to be my lunch today for REAL. 😉

  10. This salad looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it and I already have 4 or 5 great strawberry salad recipes! 🙂

  11. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I cannot wait for strawberry season to reach us here! I will most definitely be eating them every day 🙂 This salad is gorgeous!

  12. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    OMGosh Christin – this salad looks absolutely amazing. And, so perfect for summer. I am digging the strawberries, so I know what you call it Strawberry Fields – so perfect!

  13. This is one of the most gorgeous salads I’ve ever seen, Christin, and it sounds equally delicious! Pinned.

  14. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh this is one of my favorite summer salads! I just can’t resist the strawberries and pecans. Love this, Christin!

  15. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    So yum! Sweet fruit and tangy feta is the best. Love those pecans and red onions 🙂

  16. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Glazed pecans are the best thing ever in a salad. And of course, strawberries! Love everything about this salad, it looks like spring! 🙂

  17. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    I’m loving all of the textures and flavors that you’ve got going on in this salad! The glazed pecans sound like the perfect crunchy sweet topping, and I love feta cheese on my salads!

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