Thursday

Fresh Spinach & Berry Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing




I don't know about how it is at your house, but more often than  not, I don't do much extensive menu planning unless it is for a special occasion (or if someone has a particular craving, or request!)






Usually I'll just buy what is in season and the freshest at the grocery store or farmer's market then create what will be on the menu. So meal 'planning' is just a matter combining fresh food with staples I generally always have on hand.

The weather has been rather hot, so I use the outdoor grill nearly every day, and usually accompany whatever we're grilling with a salad of some kind. But recently it was even too hot to be outside to grill.

When that happens, salads become the main course ~ and this is the one I came up with, using what was in the kitchen:

Baby spinach, blueberries, blackberries, celery slices and toasted pumpkin seeds . . .
  




And bacon. :)

Crispy, flavorful Applewood smoked bacon.




Yum.





The warm, sweet and tangy Bacon Dressing.

I serve it on the side so each person can add their own.






This combination got enthusiastic thumbs up around the table, and that always makes me happy!





Of course, if you want a healthier version ~ you can omit the bacon and serve the salad with a flavorful Blueberry or Blackberry Vinaigrette, that would be delicious as well.


If you would like a printable copy for the warm bacon dressing, you'll find it HERE on my recipe blog.

Thank you for stopping by today!  ~ Mari





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14 comments:

  1. Oh yes..YUM..

    I would love this..Great photos dear Mary as always..Mouth watering..who would not want to make this?:)

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  2. i have been craving bluberry salad for days, went to sams club and they had NONE! now i am on a mission :)

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  3. What a wonderful looking salad. Great recipe. Beautiful pictures. Come over and visit us and check out my wonderful mango salsa.

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  4. What a wonderful salad....and amazing photo's. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!!!!

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  5. I took a strawbbery and spinach salad to a friends surprise lunch yesterday. It is so good! I think I'll put the recip over at Gollums! XO, Pinky

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  6. I could have salad every day during the summer months.

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  7. This sounds tasty and what an interesting combination! I love all things bacon so I'm all over that dressing!

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  8. That is the most beautiful looking salad I've seen all summer...yum yum!!! Have a beautiful weekend!!!

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  9. Mari, Your cooking style sounds so much like mine!! I love the summer for all the fresh produce and delcious flavor combinations! this salad looks wonderful, we live on salads so I always love a new idea! Thanks, Chris

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  10. Sounds delish!

    Happy blogoversary :)

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    Thanks!

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  12. It is really very delicious salad, It is very healthy salad as well as best for loosing weigh in short time. I really like your shared recipe, too much.
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