Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad

A bed of mixed greens topped with fresh blackberries, crispy bacon, blue cheese, and a drizzle of honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad w/ Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yesterday may have been revolutionary. Big statement, I know. We took Myla to the doctor for a weight check – her 4th check in just six weeks – and discovered that she’s still under 9 pounds. At six weeks! Now I know that may not sound completely noteworthy to many of you, but I typically have BIG babies! Nora was 9 pounds at birth….and although Myla was the smallest of any of my girls at 8 lbs. 3 oz…..I still expected her to have gained more weight by this point.

Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad w/ Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

And so did her doctor. He’s been having me bring her in for weight checks ever since she wasn’t back up to her birth weight at 2 weeks. And although he’s not really concerned (or so he says), he does want her to be gaining an ounce a day. Right now she’s gaining about half of that.

Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad w/ Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

It’s interesting – I’ve never struggled with breastfeeding before. In fact, I’ve nursed all my babies for at least 15 months (some longer) and they’ve all thrived! Needless to say, I’ve definitely been wondering what’s different this time around….or if I’m doing something wrong. I even started to look around online, and went into yesterday’s appointment thinking Myla might have a dairy intolerance….meaning no cheese or cream in my coffee or turtle sundaes for a LONG time….which would just be sad.

Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad w/ Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Well, her doctor said nothing about a dairy intolerance. Woo hoo! But that’s not the revolutionary part. The revolutionary part was the fact that I practiced the tips he gave me throughout the day yesterday…..and Myla slept like a champ. All day! Which, to me, is a clear sign that she was getting more to eat. Revolutionary, not only because she will hopefully move her way out of the 15th percentile, but because my days will hopefully no longer be spent trying to get her to sleep! So I’ll have more time to enjoy this delicious salad….blue cheese and all.

Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad w/ Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad
  • 4 c. mixed greens
  • ½ c. crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ c. fresh blackberries
  • 4 pieces turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe below)
  • ⅓ c. olive oil
  • ⅓ c. balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  1. Assemble salad and top with desired amount of dressing. Enjoy!


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  1. Jamie+@+Love+Bakes+Good+Cakes says

    I had that problem with my youngest too, Cathy. I would literally cry all of the time thinking I should be doing something – anything – to help her. I was blaming myself a lot for her not gaining weight like the growth chart said she should. It all works out in the end though, doesn’t it?! :) I’m really glad to hear that you had a good day – hopefully Myla is figuring it all out! :) This salad …. girl!! This salad sounds awesome!! I love everything about it – love the bacon and fruit with the creamy cheese!!

  2. says

    Yummy! What a delicious salad! I’m going to try it this weekend! Good luck with your littlest and hopefully nursing will become easier as the weeks roll on!

  3. says

    Oh I remember those days Cathy. Nothing makes you truly appreciate the importance of sleep like babies!! Hope Myla continues to do well. Cathy, this salad is the most amazing salad. OMG, all these flavors! The blackberry, and bacon and blue cheese with that beautiful dressing….I could eat this every single day.

  4. Sarah says

    Is the “balsamic vinaigrette” ingredient supposed to be balsamic vinegar?

    Looking forward to serving this for my dad! He LOVES blue cheese and is also very healthy; so the blackberries and turkey bacon are a nice, healthy take and combo!


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