This strawberry spinach salad pairs fresh spinach with sliced strawberries and Gorgonzola cheese. Topped off with a slightly sweet balsamic vinaigrette dressing, this salad is perfect for spring!
I love a good salad -- really I do. I may not love salad as much as chocolate, but I absolutely adore digging into a big bowl of fresh greens, especially when the weather warms up. My oldest is the same way, and even the younger ones are starting to come around to the green side.
When it's hot out, I serve salad in some form or another several times a week, so I'm always looking for new salad recipes.
We went out to lunch the other day, and I tried this awesome spinach salad. It didn't have that much going on in terms of toppings, and it basically consisted of spinach leaves with tomatoes, crumbled bacon and chunks of Gorgonzola cheese.
Normally, I'm not a fan of blue cheese, and I usually put feta cheese on spinach. But in this case, the Gorgonzola was the right choice, and so was the balsamic vinaigrette dressing that topped it all off.
I decided to recreate this delicious salad at home, but I did make a few changes. I found some absolutely gorgeous strawberries --- for a great price --- the other day, so I used sliced strawberries instead of tomatoes. Personally, I think this worked even better than the tomatoes.
And, I made a slightly sweeter balsamic vinaigrette. I kept the bacon because, hello, it's bacon! And, I also kept the Gorgonzola!
How to Prepare Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon and Gorgonzola
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon and Gorgonzola
- 1 head fresh spinach washed and dried
- 4 to 5 large strawberries sliced thin
- 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
- 2 tablespoons bacon chopped
- For the Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoons to 2 honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Arrange the spinach and sliced strawberries in separate bowls or a large bowl
- Add the bacon and Gorgonzola cheese
- In a separate bowl, whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey together, and season with salt and pepper, to taste
- Pour dressing over salad or serve on the side
You can serve this strawberry spinach salad in one large bowl or platter, or you can serve it in individual bowls. I went with the smaller bowls so that I could be sure that the kids had all of the ingredients together. Otherwise, they would have picked out the strawberries and left the rest on the platter!
If you're not dealing with picky people, you can do what works best for you.
I've made this strawberry spinach salad with bacon and Gorgonzola for the family twice already, and I'm sure I'll be making it throughout the spring and summer. Even the Hubs liked it!
To make it a main meal, add more protein, like some cooked chicken or maybe even quinoa.