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Strawberry Cobb Salad with Strawberry Bacon Vinaigrette

Strawberries, blue cheese, bacon, and red onion combine for the perfect springtime Strawberry Cobb Salad.

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You might recall the Mr. has a slight aversion to mixing fruit and savory foods. And by slight I mean major. And by aversion I mean he avoids it like the plague. He wouldn’t touch a Hawaiian pizza with a 10 foot pole. And don’t even think about adding mandarin oranges to his spinach salad. He will cut you. Okay, not really. But he might give you a look of disdain that could pierce your soul.

When the idea for a Strawberry Cobb Salad popped into my mind, I knew I would love it. I figured the Mr. would hate it, but I figure since I’m the chef I get to make things just for me every now and then. Besides, I knew he would have no problem filling up on bacon and blue cheese.

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Before dinner that night I arranged all the toppings for the cobb salad on a plate. A row of sliced roasted almonds, a (wider) row of crumbled blue cheese, a (wider still) row of bacon, a dice of red onion, slices of hardboiled egg, and the strawberries.

Then I did something totally irresponsible. I made a dressing out of the leftover bacon grease.

Are you judging me right now? I feel like you’re judging me right now.

This is a legitimate use of bacon grease, I promise. It’s just like using any other oil, only better, because BACON. I whisked together the leftover drippings with some pureed strawberries and vinegar to make a tangy vinaigrette for the salad. I figured the strawberry dressing was the final nail in the coffin for the chances of this dinner ever being consumed by the Mr.

But he surprised me. Don’t you just love that? I even gave him a disclaimer when he asked what was for dinner. “Wellllll, I made a Strawberry Cobb Salad, but you don’t have to eat the strawberries. And you can use a different dressing if you want.”

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But he didn’t. He tossed the strawberries right in with his (disproportionately large) serving of blue cheese and bacon, smothered the whole thing in the Strawberry Vinaigrette, and ate it like a champ. He even liked it.

I tried to cover up my shock and awe, but ended up asking him why he seemed to enjoy this fruity salad while he despises so many others. We finally realized it was because strawberries have the ability to taste strangely like tomatoes in a salad. They have a similar texture, and while they’re a tad sweeter, they don’t overwhelm the other ingredients. They just work.

This realization has opened up an entire new world for me. I’m having visions of strawberry salsa, strawberry pico de gallo, and strawberry tacos. That last one might push the Mr. over the limit, but hey, that’s kind of my prerogative as the chef of this place, right?

Strawberry Cobb Salad with Strawberry Bacon Vinaigrette

Try this Strawberry Cobb Salad as a hearty side dish for your Easter gathering or as a light, springy main dish. It’s a great way to use up all those dyed hard boiled eggs, it’s super colorful and pretty, and even the Mr. loved it. That’s pretty much all the endorsement this needs.

Strawberry Cobb Salad with Strawberry Bacon Vinaigrette

Cook Time 15 minsPrep Time
Preparation 15 minsCook Time
Total Time 30 mins Total Time
Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

    For the salad

    • 8 cups mixed greens (I used romaine and baby spring mix)
    • 6 eggs
    • 8 slices bacon
    • 4 strawberries, hulled and sliced
    • 4 ounces crumbled blue or gorgonzola cheese
    • Sliced honey roasted almonds (I used store bought)
    • 1/2 a red onion, diced

    For the dressing

    • 1/4 cup reserved bacon grease
    • 1/4 cup strawberry puree
    • 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    • Pinch sugar (optional)

    Instructions

      For the eggs and bacon:

      1. To hard boil the eggs, place them in a fairly deep sauce pan and cover them with at least an inch or two of cold water. Place them on the burner over high heat. Bring them to a boil. Once the water is boiling, remove the saucepan, cover, and set the timer for 12 minutes. At 12 minutes, remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and dunk them in a bowl of ice water. Peel after the eggs have cooled completely.
      2. Meanwhile, fry the bacon until crispy. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Reserve drippings.

      For the dressing:

      1. Whisk together the ¼ cup reserved bacon grease and remaining ingredients. Depending on the sweetness of your strawberries, you may need more or less sugar.

      To assemble:

      1. Serve greens with the toppings either in rows on top or in bowls on the side, allowing each individual to pick what they want.

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      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per ServingAs Served
      Calories 566kcal Calories from fat 445
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 49g75%
      Saturated Fat 20g100%
      Transfat 0g
      Cholesterol 310mg103%
      Sodium 841mg35%
      Carbohydrate 7g2%
      Dietary Fiber 2g8%
      Sugars 3g
      Protein 23g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories2000
      Total FatLess than65g
      Sat FatLess than25g
      CholesterolLess than300mg
      SodiumLess than2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate300g
      Dietary Fiber25g

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      • Melanie | Melanie Makes April 14, 2014, 2:13 PM

        What an absolutely gorgeous salad – and the bacon! Don’t get me started!

      • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 14, 2014, 11:15 PM

        I can already tell just by looking at it that this salad and I are going to be the best of friends. Because bacon.

      • Amy {Very Culinary} April 15, 2014, 10:27 AM

        I love fruit with savory. One of my favorites is strawberries or peaches on pizza. This salad is no exception. Gimme.

      • claire April 15, 2014, 10:30 AM

        This salad is STUNNING!!

      • Jessica_AKitchenAddiction April 15, 2014, 10:39 AM

        I love strawberries in my salads! That vinaigrette sounds incredible!

      • bellalimento April 15, 2014, 11:14 AM

        Now that is ALMOST too pretty to eat ; )

      • Brenda@SugarFreeMom April 15, 2014, 11:52 AM

        Looks gorgeous, so fresh and perfect for Spring!

      • Taking On Magazines April 15, 2014, 11:56 AM

        I adore salads like this and love the presentation of this one. It’s gorgeous.

      • cheri April 15, 2014, 12:35 PM

        What a gorgeous salad, I never would have thought to add strawberries to a cobb salad, but after seeing this, I will be making this soon. Love the sound of the dressing.

      • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet April 15, 2014, 1:58 PM

        I think strawberries are the best things in salad! YAY for the Mr. liking it!

      • Erin@WellPlated April 15, 2014, 4:05 PM

        And I thought I was the only one with a man crazy enough not to like fruit and savory things together! You are not alone. Also, I am all about the bacon grease in the dressing. It’s a classic way to convert even salad skeptics!

      • Angie | Big Bear's Wife April 15, 2014, 7:29 PM

        I can’t get over how beautiful that is!! ooo and
        Strawberry Bacon Vinaigrette? Yes please!!

      • Nutmeg Nanny April 15, 2014, 10:10 PM

        Strawberry season is my favorite season! This salad looks amazing.

      • Mrs_Bosslady April 15, 2014, 10:27 PM

        I’m not judging you. Bacon grease is liquid gold. I love liquid gold. And strawberries. And I love this salad!

      • littleredkitchen April 16, 2014, 7:43 PM

        No judge here from the lady who saves her bacon grease for all the things! Just replace that blue cheese with some feta or goat for me and I’ll have a large plate please!

      • Liz April 18, 2014, 8:35 PM

        This looks terrific, Courtney! Especially the dressing!!

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