Fresh strawberry and spinach salad with goat cheese, bacon, and red onions, tossed in a honey balsamic vinaigrette, makes the perfect salad for spring!
This strawberry and spinach salad is my favorite salad to make in the spring when the strawberries and spinach are coming in. I get so excited every year over strawberry season! We have the most amazing local strawberry farms, and I love picking them up straight from the farm.
You will love the combination of rich, tangy goat cheese and sweet, juicy strawberries. Toss in some toasted pecans and bacon pieces for a little crunch, then top it off with a slightly sweet honey balsamic vinaigrette and some marinated onions. So, so good.
Making the vinaigrette
The honey balsamic vinaigrette contains more vinegar than a typical vinaigrette. The extra punch cuts the richness of the bacon, nuts, and cheese. The dressing combines the steps of marinating red onions and making a vinaigrette. The onions marinate in the vinaigrette while you prepare the salad ingredients. It helps them mellow out a little bit and flavors the vinaigrette.
Making the vinaigrette in a mason jar allows you to skip the slow pouring of oil while whisking and shake the mason jar instead.
Toasting the pecans
You will want to use a heavy-bottomed pan to toast the pecans. I love this 12-inch cast iron skillet for jobs like this.
Pay close attention while you are toasting the pecans. This step only takes a couple of minutes. Stir them frequently. Once they are fragrant, they are done. Remove them from the pan and let them cool on a cutting board before chopping them. You can start assembling your salad while the pecans cool.
This strawberry and goat cheese salad is quick and easy. Less time spent on dinner means you get to spend more time outside.
I make my easy oven-cooked bacon for this salad. If you would like to save time, you can use packaged bacon pieces.
This recipe makes 2 dinner-sized portions or 4 side salad servings and can easily be doubled. This strawberry and spinach salad can be served alone as a light meal or topped with your protein of choice. It pairs perfectly with grilled chicken.
You can also swap the goat cheese crumbles for a few slices of this pecan crusted goat cheese. Yum!
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This is seriously one of my favorite things to eat! Let me know if you try it!Print