Closeup of a cute salad, perfect for Valentine's Day! It has strawberry hearts and bacon roses.
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Valentine's Day Salad: Baby Spinach with Bacon Roses and Strawberry Hearts

Give your Valentine's Day meal a special touch with this gorgeous salad adorned with bacon roses and strawberry hearts!
Course Appetizers, Salads
Cuisine Valentine's Day
Keyword salads
Special Diet DF, GF, Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 296kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Take each strip of bacon, and roll it into a rose shape. If the bacon strips are wide, you'll make more delicate, realistic looking roses by cutting them in half lengthwise before you begin rolling them up.
    Beginning to roll up strips of bacon into a rose shape
  • To make them look more realistic, leave them slightly loose and let the edges fold over upon themselves at times. I used the edge with the fat on the top of the rose, and that seemed to work well.
    As you continue to roll up the bacon, it looks more like a rose.
  • Place the bacon roses into small muffin tins or silicone ice cube trays to help them hold their shape as you bake them. I used my silicone cube-shaped ice cube trays, and they were the perfect size for holding the roses up and together. If you are using tiny muffin tins to hold the bacon roses, you may need to add aluminum foil to the tins or use toothpicks to help keep them in place.
    Several bacon roses have been placed into a silicone ice cube tray to hold them in place.
  • Keep checking on them to make sure they aren't falling over or burning. Bake the bacon roses in the oven until they get brown and crisp.
    As the bacon roses cook, the edges brown and the layers separate into what looks more and more like a rose.
  • Wash and spin dry the baby spinach leaves, and start arranging them, right side up, in small groups of leaves into which you will place your bacon roses.
  • Cut the tops off your strawberries, and then cut a small wedge out of the center of them to make them look like hearts. Slice them in half, forming two strawberry hearts from each strawberry, or you can slice them more thinly to make more hearts out of each strawberry.
  • Strategically place your bacon roses and strawberry hearts on the bed of baby spinach, creating a beautiful salad.
    Arranging the bacon roses and strawberry hearts on the baby spinach leaves.
  • Drizzle with a balsamic reduction and olive oil, or coconut oil, to taste. Enjoy!
    A Valentine's Day salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar

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Nutrition

Serving: 1salad (without dressing) | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 112.5% | Vitamin C: 37.5% | Calcium: 5.9% | Iron: 11.1%