Strawberry Bacon Brie Salad
Seasonal berries dance with cheese, nuts, and more in this scrumptious Strawberry Bacon Brie Salad with a Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette! Plus find out how I keep my produce fresh longer!
This is no ordinary Spinach Salad with Bacon! The candied pecans, fresh strawberries, bacon, and Brie make it worthy of royalty!!!
Why You Must Make
- This is not your typical spinach salad! The complexity of sweet, salty, savory, creamy, crisp, and crunchy ingredients will thrill your taste buds. I started with fresh baby spinach greens, then piled on slices of ripe strawberries, bits of crispy bacon, rich triple creme Brie, and sugared pecan halves.
- A drizzle of salad dressing infused with strawberry jam was the final touch to pull it all together.
- This is truly a party in your mouth with each delectable bite.
Did you know May was National Salad Month? Perfect timing as the first crop of lettuces and greens are being harvested from our gardens. Plus I’ve been thrilled with the fragrant berries in the markets. You know me and berries, they are a fabulous dessert garnish, plus I love to add them to my salads all summer long!
- Kitchen Staples – Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dijon Mustard
- Aged Balsamic Vinegar – I use 18-year-old, aged balsamic. It’s thick, syrupy and sweet. It makes a huge difference in the taste of your salad dressing.
- Strawberry Jam – Brings sweetness and strawberry flavor to your salad dressing.
- Baby Spinach – More tender than regular spinach.
- Bacon – Fry, drain off excess oil, then crumble or chop into pieces
- Brie – Slice or dice into bite-sized pieces. Remove the rind if that’s your preference.
- Candied Pecans – See the link in the recipe card to learn how to make them at home.
- Sliced Strawberries – Look for bright, glossy, fragrant strawberries without bruising or signs of deterioration. Slice right before adding to the salad.
How to Make an Arranged Salad
- When making a salad for dinner guests, it’s nice to attractively arrange the ingredients in a bowl or on a platter.
- Start with the greens first as a base.
- In the photo above, you can see that the rest of the ingredients were added in concentric circles. Or you can separate each ingredient on a platter of spinach greens to toss together before serving.
- Don’t add the dressing until you present the salad. This will prevent the greens from getting soggy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Use all your senses when shopping for strawberries. Fresh strawberries should be red, without green or white patches, glossy, and the seeds should not appear brown and dehydrated. They should have a sweet, strawberry aroma, and they should be firm, not soft and mushy. Buying in season is best.
California strawberries are in season year-round. Florida strawberry season runs from March to November.
Store your strawberries in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Do not wash until you are ready to use them. If you don’t have a specialized container, put a paper towel in the bottom of the receptacle to absorb any moisture that might hasten spoilage.
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- Honey French Salad Dressing
- Best Summer Salad Recipes
- Rhubarb Baby Cakes
- Fresh Blackberry Scones
- Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Candied Pecans
- Plus, if you have extra strawberries, this Strawberry, Turkey and Brie Grilled Cheese is a yummy twist on a classic.
- Plus More of my Best Salad Recipes
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 5 ounces baby spinach greens
- 4 slices of bacon, sliced, fried, drained
- ⅓ pound Brie, sliced or diced
- ½ cup candied pecans*
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- Make the dressing by whisking together the vinegar, mustard, jam, salt, and pepper.
- While whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture is emulsified. Set aside.
- Add spinach to a large salad bowl. Arrange the bacon, Brie, pecans, and strawberries over the greens.
- When ready to serve, drizzle with the salad dressing and toss.
* To make candied pecans, check out this Spinach Salad Recipe.
A good quality, aged balsamic vinegar makes the best salad dressing. It's sweet and syrupy.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g