This Strawberry Bacon Blue Cheese Salad is loaded with flavor and packed with crunch. Perfect for summer picnics, pot lucks, or an easy weeknight dinner…and just in time for strawberry season!
Can we talk for a minute about pot lucks? Because with summer quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about them. And about how much I LOVED them as a kid. And about how long it’s been since I’ve been to one!
Now, I’m not talking about family get togethers, where everyone brings something to share. Because even though they technically could be considered pot lucks, they just don’t have that pot luck feel. You kinda know what you’re getting when your mom or sister or sister in law brings it, not to mention the meal has been planned in advance and everyone knows exactly what they’re responsible for.
No, what I’m talking about is a pot LUCK! With those long buffet tables filled with crock pots, covered dishes, baking pans labeled with last names. I’m talking about taking your chances on someone else’s chili or casserole, choosing between homemade brownies vs. chocolate chip cookies. Hoping that what you really want isn’t all gone by the time you get through the line.
It has me wondering: are pot lucks a thing of the past? Have they been replaced by pizza delivery and Qdoba bars? My childhood self hates to think this might be true. That means my kids might never experience a pot luck!? Sniff. Maybe I’ll plan my own. And if I do, I’m bringing this Strawberry Bacon Blue Cheese Salad. It’s loaded with delicious flavors and substantial enough to fill you up. Just in case nothing else on the buffet line looks worth your time. 😉
- 5 oz. mixed greens
- 1 c. sliced strawberries
- ½ c. pecan halves
- ½ c. crumbled blue cheese
- 4 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ¼ c. olive oil
- ¼ c. orange juice
- ¼ c. golden balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- Layer salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. (Double for a large crowd.)
- Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients and shaking until blended.
- Pour dressing over salad as desired.