Warm Strawberry Spinach Salad


Happy Monday!

It’s Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom and I don’t know about you but if you have spent anytime on the internet lately you may be about as sugared out as I am and I haven’t even eaten any of it!  Now believe me I love sugar just as much, if not more, than the next person, but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I would share a recipe with you that you may enjoy as part of your Valentine’s dinner.  Warm Strawberry Spinach Salad is not only delicious but when you cut your strawberries into hearts it looks awfully pretty too!

warm spinach salad

Making your strawberries into hearts is quick and easy.  The first step is to pull off the green top and then hull the strawberry.  Slice the strawberry in half and you pretty much have a heart.  You may need to trim the center part down a bit more to make it look more like a heart.  How fun is that! And a super quick way to add a little love to your meal.


Heart shaped strawberryThe salad is a combination of spinach, strawberries, hazelnuts, bacon, Gorgonzola cheese and a yummy warm dressing.  The dressing is a combination of the leftover bacon grease, red wine vinegar, shallots, dijon mustard and a little sugar.  The warm dressing softens up the spinach and tastes delicious!

Warm Spinach Salad with Strawberries


Warm Strawberry Spinach Salad


  • 1 5 oz. bag baby spinach
  • 1/2 C chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 C sliced strawberries
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 1/4 C Gorgonzola cheese


  • 2 Tbsp bacon drippings
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


1. Cook bacon until crisp and crumble.
2. Reserve 2 Tbsp of drippings and combine with diced shallot, mustard, vinegar, water and sugar.
3. Stir and heat through.
4. Pour dressing over spinach and toss to coat.
5. Add in nuts, bacon, cheese and strawberries.

What Valentine wouldn’t feel extra special when served this delicious Warm Strawberry Spinach Salad with heart shaped strawberries.

Warm Spinach Salad with Strawberries

If you still need a few more sweet suggestions for your Valentine celebration you may want to check out these:

Valentine Day Hot Chocolate Bar

Valentine Sugar Cookie Tutorial

Favorite Valentine Desserts

leighanneblog-3160_00011-300x300 I’m Leigh Anne and food, family and friends are three of my favorite things. I am the mother of four young adults, a new mother in law and am still trying to adjust to life as an empty nester along with my husband of over 30 years.  I love throwing parties, burying my head in a book and digging in the dirt in my garden.  My husband would tell you I love making messes in the kitchen and craft room and finding junk (treasures) at Goodwill.  I believe that life is beautiful and it is up to us to find and create that beauty.  I love sharing my journey to finding the pretty and delicious in life over at Your Homebased Mom.  You can also visit me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.






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  1. Maureen R. posted on February 11, 2013 at 5:48 am (#

    Very timely post! Strawberries and spinach are both on sale this week at the Giant. :)

  2. SingleMama posted on February 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm (#

    Perfect timing! I had a warm spinach salad this weekend and wanted to find a recipe. Yum!

  3. holly posted on February 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm (#

    This is a favorite of mine but I never thought to cut the strawberries in heart shapes! On my to-do list for next time!

  4. Monsterscircus posted on February 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm (#

    Uhm sounds so delicious! Will try your recipe in the summer, where we can get the fresh Danish strawberries. Thank you for the recipe and have a great week!

  5. Stef posted on February 13, 2013 at 12:07 am (#

    OH yum!!! This looks so good – and that dressing!!! Thanks for the recipe, Leigh Anne!