Spring Salad with Berries and Bacon

There is no such thing as too many strawberries in this delicious salad.

Spring Salad with Berries and Bacon
Photo: Johnny Autry; Food and Prop Styling: Charlotte L. Autry
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Servings:
6

We love our salads with both sweet and savory elements, and this Spring Salad with Berries and Bacon has all the flavor profiles that we dream of for springtime. Fresh and bright, this new take on a classic strawberry salad is perfect for any warm-weather occasion, like a Mother's Day brunch or luncheon.

Unlike typical strawberry salads, which may only have a few slices berries tossed in, this salad features strawberry on every level—we even blend it into the dressing, ensuring that the flavor really shines through. The crunchy bacon pairs beautifully with the sweet strawberry vinaigrette and thinly sliced shallot. Make this dressing in bulk and keep it in your weekly salad rotation.

Fresh sliced strawberries and cherry tomatoes add pops of red to this mixed green salad, drizzled all over with a light honey-Dijon vinaigrette. Make this bold salad more filling by adding shredded rotisserie chicken or cooked whole grains.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (from 1 shallot)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey

  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 3 cups sliced strawberries (from 1 lb. fresh strawberries), divided

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 5 cups baby spring mix (from 2 [5-oz.] pkg.)

  • 1 (4-oz.) feta cheese block, crumbled

  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced lengthwise

  • 1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved 

  • 8 bacon slices, cooked and coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Place red wine vinegar, finely chopped shallot, honey, Dijon mustard, 1 cup of the strawberries, and ¼ teaspoon of the kosher salt in a blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. With blender running, gradually drizzle in oil, processing until mixture is smooth and combined, about 30 seconds.

  2. Arrange spring mix on a large platter. Top with feta, sliced shallot, tomatoes, bacon, and remaining 2 cups strawberries and ½ teaspoon salt. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad, and serve immediately.

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