Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing Let’s start our Friday off with a bang, shall we?

Way back in June I went to the DMV to switch my Idaho license for an Oregon one….since I live in Oregon. So, off I went and to my surprise, shock and horror I had to take a written test. The lady at the counter said “don’t worry it’s easy”. Do you see where this is going? YEAH. I failed that sucker. By one lousy question.

The lady at the counter then said “you should of skipped all the questions you didn’t know! You should have used the skip button!

Ummmm, WHAT?! You clearly did NOT tell me there was a skip button. Sweet merciful. #ijusthadaheartattackrightthere #figurativelyspeaking

So then I left and drowned my sorrows in nutella and/or ice cream and/or oreos and blocked out the traumatizing events of the day and made my three year old reassure me that she in fact does love me still. As every normal person would do. {Yes, I am normal. Why do you keep asking that?}

Anyways, I forgot about the DMV until I went to get a library card for my daughter. Apparently to sign up for a library card, you need to give proof of residency, a valid oregon license, your credit card number and your left kidney. What the _____? Librarians are crazy, yo! Oh wait. Just the ones at my library. So, I didn’t end up getting a library card and I made a trip back to the DMV. Eff.

Guess what.

I studied {because the ‘general knowledge’ test is full of smoke and mirrors}, used the skip button and passed that piece of insert expletive here. EAT THAT DMV lady!  Sucka!

Just kidding. Please still send me my license. By the way, I love your mullet. And fanny pack. {—>not even kidding.}

So I can gain a little more confidence and self respect, please go take this practice test and let me know I’m not the only one who thinks these questions are kinda shoddy.

And while you’re at it, make this salad. It is beyond incredible and can make you forget all your cares in the world. Bacon- salty. Strawberries-sweet. Almonds-crunchy. Dressing-creamy. Everything eaten together-priceless.

Super simple and super delicious! So easy that I didn’t do step by step photos! Boo-yah.

Sorry. That was so 1994.

Fry up some bacon and get crack-a-lackin’!

Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing 1 Enjoy, friends!! Have a fabulous food filled weekend! Love your faces!! :)

Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

Yield: 6 servings


for the salad-
1 head romaine lettuce or 6-8 cups baby spinach
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup toasted almonds, chopped
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

for the dressing-
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup white vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
salt & pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon poppyseeds


Tear lettuce into bite sized pieces, wash, dry and pour into a large bowl. Top with strawberries, almonds and cooked bacon.

To make the dressing, pour all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk. Drizzle salad generously and serve immediately.

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54 Responses to “Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing”

  1. #
    Erin — August 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

    That looks amazing! Perfect for a get together with friends!


  2. #
    Blog is the New Black — August 24, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Strawberries and bacon? Amazing!


  3. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

    When I moved to NJ I had to re-take the written portion of the test and totally failed too.
    Oh well.
    This salad looks like it could help my wounded heart :)


  4. #
    Stephanie — August 24, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Salad with bacon? You had me at bacon!

    Also, Oregon state allows you to make a left turn at a red light if traffic permits?? (I took the test, haha)


    • Lauren — August 24th, 2012 @ 7:39 am

      Left turn if traffic permits onto a one-way street. LAME.


  5. #
    Madeleine @ teeniebaker — August 24, 2012 at 6:29 am

    This looks fabulous! I love strawberries in my salads.


  6. #
    susan marie — August 24, 2012 at 6:34 am

    What is it with libraries? I had to present all kinds of proof, too, but didn’t have my voter’s registration with me. So the librarian asked me the name of my county commissioner – couldn’t do that, but I knew the precinct number, so she let me have the card. Sheesh, By the way, what really attracted me to this recipe is the dressing – it sounds great! I think I’ll give this salad a try this weekend. :-)


  7. #
    Jess — August 24, 2012 at 6:34 am

    FOUR tablespoons of sugar???? EEK! :) x


    • Lauren — August 24th, 2012 @ 7:39 am

      It makes a lot of dressing! And all that sugar counteracts the tanginess of the yogurt. If you use all mayonnaise, reduce the sugar by 1 tablespoon.


    • Deanna — January 24th, 2013 @ 10:48 am

      Why comment “EEK!”….are you too perfect to add that much sugar to your dressing that makes so much!!


  8. #
    DessertForTwo — August 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Oh, Lauren! I’ve had so much trouble with the DMV too! I can’t prove I live in Kansas because all bills are in my spouse’s name. It’s so frustrating!


  9. #
    carrian — August 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

    GOOD MERCY! I’m making this immediately. And I’m totally not kidding. Three of my absolute favorites in one salad. Pure genius lady.


    • Lauren — August 24th, 2012 @ 7:39 am

      Ooh, awesome! :) Hope you like it!


  10. #
    Katherine D. — August 24, 2012 at 6:42 am

    The salad looks delicious but I had to comment on the DMV!
    I moved to Portland two years ago and had the exact same experience…I too failed the first go round by one question (“if you are on a country road and a man on a horse raises his right hand, what does that mean?” ummm, howdy?) and I KNOW I was not told about the skip button. The second go around I used that skip button and made sure everyone around me knew about that skip button! It probably didn’t hurt that I had read the entire handbook from front to back just to be on the safe side :)
    Glad you are finally an OR license carrying resident! We need to stick together!


  11. #
    Gisela — August 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Yup, took me 3 visits to the DMV to get mine, sheesh!! And they didn’t tell me about the skip button either. Salad looks super yummy!


  12. #
    Stacey I — August 24, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I totally failed the quiz…… :)


  13. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Hhahaha god, I hate the DMV, but I LOATHE the library even more! My library is SO rude. I STILL don’t have a card because each time I come in with the stuff they claimed I needed last time, they need something else. I’m like DAAAYMN son, who cares?! I’m renting Pretty Little Liars. Am I really a threat? WTH, yo. BTW, this salad is amazeballs.


  14. #
    Krista S — August 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I am with you on the DMV! Us Canadians will have trouble with US tests because everything is in different measurements! How many feet can you park from a fire hydrant, what speed to you drive in a residential area if there is no speed posted, etc. I was like “can I answer in meters and km?” HA!

    Great recipe :)


    • Lauren — August 25th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      I know right? At first when I got to the states, I thought it was so dumb, but now I’m used to it all….unfortunately.


  15. #
    Jen — August 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Failed the quiz by one question! Must go find bacon to soothe my ego… “/


  16. #
    Amanda — August 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I took the test…hate the left-turn-into-one-way-street question! I can’t wait to make this salad :)


  17. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

    The serving portion should say 1 because I’d eat the entire thang! Right-o I would!


  18. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Wow this is definitely my kind of salad!


  19. #
    Amy Bounds — August 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing the DMV test. We just had a teenager take the Washington test so thankfully the questions were really similar to ours.


  20. #
    Jolene ( — August 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    You had me at bacon.


  21. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Strawberry and bacon in a salad pretty much means it’s a perfect salad :)

    P.s. I have NEVER had a good experience at the DMV so I feel ya… the last time I went there I left crying. The last 2 times, actually. Who knew changing my last name after a marriage was virtually IMPOSSIBLE?! Didn’t help that I had the rudest lady to ever walk the planet “helping” me….Ok, done with my rant :)


  22. #
    Kara — August 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I failed. Miserably. Not even close. What a joke. I’m never moving states again, just in case the state we move to requires a written test.
    Salad looks fantastic!


  23. #
    Vicki F — August 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I failed my first written test for an Oregon driver’s license too! Shocked me as I’ve been driving for umpteen million years (it seems). Thought the questions were worded to fail as they included choices that applied to similar situations. Did what you did, I studied and passed my test yesterday, only missing one (who knew those tractor things could go as fast as 25 mph?). Funny thing was the questions for my retesting seemed much simpler…go figure. Congratulations Lauren :-) The salad sounds and looks fabulous!


  24. #
    Marilyn Brennan — August 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Yeah, I’ll buy your book just for the journaling/posts. Oh, the salad looks great too. BTW, how can I get your posts at my new email address?


  25. #
    Mold Inspections Chicago — August 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    What a variety of flavors!


  26. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 4, 2012 at 3:16 am

    This looks great Lauren. Pinning…


  27. #
    Debra — September 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I got only 70%…oops! That is one weird test. lol…Yummy recipe!


  28. #
    Mary — November 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Sounds delish.

    BTW I just failed the test–and I just passed the CA test after moving here from MD!!


  29. #
    susan marie — December 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I made this salad today for a church potluck – everyone loved it! You’ve got the salty, sweet, and tangy flavors going on, and the different textures. This is definitely a keeper! To save time, I used a large bag of spring greens mixture, and it was so pretty,


  30. #
    Lesley — January 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I did the quiz, totally failed! A lot of it was me not understanding what the @#$% they were talking about, and with only 10 questions, 1 wrong answer is a big deal!!


  31. #
    Kathy — March 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I just had to take a test to get a Utah license and luckily, it was open book. It still sucked because I only had 20 minutes to take it before they closed. Thanks for the dressing recipe. I’m trying to avoid eating canola and soybean oils, so this is a perfect recipe for me.


  32. #
    Sydney — April 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I make a similar salad but with green onion and crumbled heath bars. Sounds a little strange until you try it, but its AMAZING!!


  33. #
    Suzanne — January 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Lauren, thanks so much for this poppy seed dressing recipe. I just made it and love it, I like the Greek yogurt in there too. I will be using this dressing often now. If I use it on my blog I’ll give you the ping back thx :)


  34. #
    Kelly — April 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

    This looks yummy!
    I don’t care for mayo, would it work to sub all greek yogurt or sour cream for the mayo?


    • Lauren — April 22nd, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

      Sure! It would just be extra tangy :)


  35. #
    Yvette Carpenter — April 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    It was delish! Only thing I will change next time is not so much vinegar. Maybe if the strawberries were riper and sweeter it would have been not so tart. Maybe I will try to see if there is a strawberry vinegar or similar to see if that works better for my family. :)


  36. #
    Yvette Carpenter — June 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Love this recipe/salad. The dressing is even good on other things. Thanks. I have written more but the flashing of the ad., is giving me a migraine.


  37. #
    Tiffany — January 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I have a question about the yogurt, because I HATE greek yogurt… so can I simply substitute the greek yogurt for plain old regular yogurt, or do I need to make modifications to the other ingredients as well?

    (P.S. Getting a GA license is ridiculous, I know a lady who spent 9 months trying to get one so that she could register her car… 9 months of “riding dirty!”



    • Lauren — February 1st, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

      regular yogurt will be fine.



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