This delicious spring and summer salad combines fresh strawberries, crisp smoked bacon, sweet red onions, salty feta cheese, and crunchy walnuts with an easy-to-make six-ingredient creamy poppy seed dressing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 20minutes 
Servings:  servings
Calories: 423kcal 

Table of Contents


Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup plus one tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients

  • 12 ounces mixed salad greens including baby spinach romaine and spring greens
  • 1/4 large red onion very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb. strawberries sliced
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 4 slices crispy cooked bacon crumbled


  • In a medium bowl, whisk vinegar, sugar, grated onion, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, and mayonnaise. You can also add all the ingredients to a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake it to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a large wide bowl, spread greens and top with red onion, strawberries, walnuts, feta cheese, and bacon.
  • Drizzle dressing over the top and toss.  Serve promptly.


  • Use any mixture of spinach, romaine, and spring greens, as they all work well and taste delicious.
  • This salad works with any fresh berries like blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, mandarin oranges, apples, or pears.
  • If more protein is desired, add grilled chicken or grilled shrimp.
  • Slice your red onions into very thin slices using a serrated knife.
  • If you don’t like walnuts, try other nuts like almonds or pecans.
  • For optimal flavor, use the brightest sweetest organic strawberries you can get your hands on as they are the star of the show.
  • Don’t toss the salad until you are ready to serve, so everything stays crisp and fresh.
  • If feta is not your thing, then try very small cubes of whole-milk mozzarella, blue cheese, or crumbly goat cheese.
  • For more texture, add sunflower seeds or quinoa.
  • The dressing can be prepared up to 5 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 8118IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 4mg

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