Spinach Salad with Honey Dressing

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I’ve never been one to try green salads with fruit.  The idea just always sounded weird to me—fruits and vegetables together?  Just strange.  However, usually these salads contain pecans or walnuts, so maybe that’s why I’ve avoided them like the plague.  But today, I found a recipe that sounded good enough to try.  Bleu cheese, bacon, and honey?  How can you go wrong?

This salad is fantastic; all of the flavors go so well with each other!  The honey dressing blends with the fruit quite well, and the bleu cheese and bacon add the salty tartness necessary to create an epic salad.  Charlie ate the whole thing BEFORE HIS MEAT.  I’d say that’s a winner!

YIELD: 6-8 servings

TIME: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS
6 oz baby spinach
1 cup quartered strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
3-4 thick bacon slices, diced
1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese

1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper, to taste
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS
To make the dressing, whisk the balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper together until smooth.  Gradually add olive oil, whisking constantly until smooth.  Chill in the refrigerator while making the salad.

Cook bacon until crispy.  Toss baby spinach, strawberries, and blueberries, and add bacon.  Toss blue cheese in the salad, and serve on plates.  Drizzle cooled dressing on top of each serving.

Hope y’all enjoy!

xoxo, Sara

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