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.
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.
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 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.
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. If the roses are browning on the top but are uncooked on the bottom, carefully flip them over to cook the bottoms for a few minutes.
Make strawberry hearts
Cut the stems off the strawberries.
Cut a small v-shaped wedge out of the top center part of the strawberries to make them look like hearts. Cut the shaped strawberries in slices to form several thinner strawberry hearts from each strawberry.
Put the salad together
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.
Strategically place your bacon roses and strawberry hearts on the bed of baby spinach, creating a beautiful salad.
Most of the components of this salad can be made ahead of time. The bacon roses can be premade, and the strawberries can be washed, dried, and carved. They can then be sliced and placed on the salad at the time of serving.The above recipe makes 2 salad with 2 cups of spinach each, 3 bacon roses (or 6 smaller ones if you cut the strips in half lengthwise), and 2 sliced strawberries on each salad. The nutritional information is based on one salad made in that way without the added dressing.The salad can be further garnished with walnuts, goat cheese, or other favorite toppings of your choice. Caramelized goat cheese would also be a great addition to the salad. You can also choose whichever dressing you prefer.