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Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad

A delicious Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon features crispy bacon, fresh strawberries, blue cheese, and candied pecans on a bed of spinach. It is tossed in a homemade lemon maple vinaigrette dressing, and is served as a side dish or main course salad.

Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad is the perfect way to up your salad game! Featuring fresh summer produce along with big beautiful flavors, this is perfect for summer cookouts, dinners and potlucks.

A large bowl of strawberry bacon spinach salad tossed in dressing, topped with pecans and cheese

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Bacon

This strawberry bacon spinach salad possibly my new favorite salad in the whole wide world. Not even kidding.

The other day I had three plates of it all in a day. Post-breakfast (last round of recipe testing), lunch (accompanied by some of Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole – random, yes…but also so very delicious), and dinner. One of those I even served it with some of this Southern Chicken Salad on top…yum!

Here are a few reasons why we are in love with this spinach strawberry bacon salad:

  • Takes only 25 minutes to make – you can prepare this yummy bacon strawberry spinach salad under 30 minutes! If you use bacon bits, you can get this done in under 10 minutes!
  • It’s a full meal – it’s not just a side, it can be a main course. I add chicken or salmon to it and it makes for a light and delicious summer dinner.
  • Make ahead friendly – make the dressing ahead of time and store in refrigerator, then toss the spinach leaves and other ingredients in dressing when ready to serve. Great way to prep this ahead of time for cookouts and parties.
  • Customize it – there are so many delicious ingredients you can add to this strawberry spinach bacon salad. See detailed list below for more ideas!
  • Healthy – spinach kale strawberry bacon salad is not only delicious, it’s good for you too! It features a tastefully mix of veggies, protein, and healthy fats.


here are the main strawberry spinach salad ingredients:

Top down view of a bowl of strawberry spinach salad with bacon and cheese
  • spinach leaves – use fresh baby spinach, not frozen
  • strawberries – sweet and juicy strawberries work best! You can substitute with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or a combination of a few!
  • candied pecans – these delicious sweet pecans add flavor and texture to this spinach strawberry salad. Regular pecans, glazed pecans, or walnuts can also be used. If you want to make your own candied pecans, check out this recipe.
  • blue cheese – feta, goat cheese, gorgonzola, or even shaved Parmesan can also be used as well. The cheese adds a bold and distinct flavor to our strawberry spinach bacon salad
  • bacon – you can also use turkey bacon for a healthier take or pre-cooked bacon / bacon bits for the ease of it.

As for that dressing, here’s what you need:

  • maple syrup – use 100% pure maple syrup for best flavor
  • lemon juice – always best freshly squeezed from fresh lemons.
  • extra virgin olive oil – use good quality olive oil for best flavor
  • garlic – fresh minced garlic is preferred, avoid using garlic powder for best taste
  • salt – this will open up the flavors in the dressing

Let’s Make It!

That Lemon Maple Dressing…

Let’s get this straight. This Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad is nothing without the homemade Lemon Maple Salad Dressing

Made only with freshly squeezed lemon juice, 100% pure maple syrup, a little bit of garlic, a pinch of salt, and lots of olive oil to give it the creaminess, it is liquid GOLD. I highly recommend using 100% pure maple syrup – it gives the dressing the full  flavor it deserves.

WHisking lemon maple dressing in a bowl

Double or triple the batch and store in refrigerator (for up to 2 weeks) for your future salad needs. Because you will NEED it. Trust me.

The Salad

And now to the Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad itself. It’s one of those happy situation where all my favorite ingredients come together to form a salad:

  1. Spinach
  2. Strawberries (it’s the season!)
  3. Crispy bacon 🙂 🙂 🙂
  4. Candied pecans. Or substitute with pecans, cashews, or almonds. What we are trying to do is to give the salad a nice crunchy texture.


Toss the salad ingredients together, be careful not to squish the strawberries….then toss it in dressing.

Pouring dressing into a bowl of spinach, strawberries and bacon, then tossing salad in dressing

Lastly, top strawberry bacon spinach salad with crumbled cheese and candied pecans.

Another option is to serve the tossed Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad with the dressing on the side. I like to do this when I know the salad will sit out for a while before it gets eaten so that the spinach doesn’t get soggy.

This also gives people the freedom to adjust how much dressing they want in their salad.

Closeup of a wooden bowl of strawberry bacon spinach salad


You can of course substitute some of the ingredients for some of your favorites. Here are some ideas:

  • Instead of strawberries, try blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes or apples
  • Instead of spinach, try kale, romaine, spring mix, or spinach and kale, or kale and spinach, or spinach and spring mix….you get the idea
  • Instead of crispy bacon, try prosciutto, ham or salami
  • Instead of candied pecan, try another nut (almond, cashew etc)
  • Other yummy ingredients to add to this salad: carrots, bell peppers, cheese (feta, parmesan, mozzarella), and much more!

This is just the tip of the ice berg, there’s an endless list of things to mix and match and make this salad your very own!

What to Serve it with:

Should you choose to not eat it by itself, here are some main course ideas that will go great with this Spinach Strawberry Bacon Salad!

A wooden bowl loaded with spinach salad with strawberries, pecans and bacon

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen spinach and frozen strawberries?

I highly recommend using fresh, not frozen

How far in advance can I assemble the salad?

I’d recommend assembling the salad just before you serve it, as the spinach could wilt if it sits too long with the dressing.

What else can I add to this salad to make it more filling?

You can add chicken, salmon or quinoa to make this salad more filling and protein-packed.

Thank you for listening to me blabber about my love for this Spinach Salad beauty. In short, bullet-points kinda style of summary to wrap it all up, here’s what you can expect from this Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad:

  • Sweetness from the strawberries and maple syrup
  • Savory from the bacon
  • Citrus from the lemon
  • Crunch from candied pecans and bacon

Ahhhh. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. ❤️

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a spinach salad tossed with sliced strawberries, pecans, bacon and blue cheese

Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad

A bed of fresh spinach with strawberries, bacon, candied pecans, and blue cheese, tossed in a lovely, highly flavorful homemade lemon maple dressing.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 406kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 8-9 oz fresh spinach
  • 16 oz strawberries sliced
  • ½ lbs bacon
  • ½ cup blue cheese or feta
  • 1 cup candied pecans

Lemon Maple Dressing

  • cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 clove medium garlic
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Cut bacon into 1-inch slices and cook bacon in skillet until crispy. Drain bacon grease. 
  • Slice strawberries.
  • Make the Lemon Maple Dressing by bringing all the ingredients to a bottle and shaking it up.
  • Assemble spinach, sliced strawberries, and crispy bacon. Drizzle dressing onto salad. (See Note 2)
  • Top with candied pecans and blue cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Note 1: To store leftover salad dressing, refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
Note 2: Adjust amount of salad dressing to taste. There may be leftover dressing.


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2741IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    It was so hot here on the weekend, and I made this salad Saturday night. It was the perfect delicious summer dinner! Everyone raved about the lemon maple salad dressing, too.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks Liza! So glad everyone loved that dressing… I do too! 🙂