Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppyseed Dressing from www.laurenslatest.comI hope you all know what pregnancy brain is….because I have a big fat case of it right now.

Let me explain.

This salad is the bomb and I randomly came up with the idea one day….or so I thought.

As I was making it to have with our dinner a few nights ago, I was thinking of how I came up with the idea. I thought maybe I had dreamt it {because that happens sometimes…weird, I know} or maybe I just randomly came up with it because my husband asked for strawberry salad and I had a zillion avocados to use.

Anyways, I kept making it still wondering how the heck this recipe got into my brain and couldn’t figure it out.

Well, fast forward to yesterday when I was on Pinterest and I saw a recipe I pinned from Maria for her Kale, Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing from when she first posted it.

Umm….problem solved?! I’m such an idiot.

I know Maria pretty well. I go to her site frequently. I love all her cookie recipes. Her little boy makes my womb quiver….and I think subconsciously got me pregnant with a boy.

And, I couldn’t remember that she gave me the idea to throw avocados into my strawberry salad.


I’m such a doofas and I cannot deny it.

I’ve told you all before that my memory is crap and this CLEARLY just proves my point.

So, be sure to check out Maria’s recipe because she is the genius behind this one.

You can give me credit for the bacon, but that’s about it! Haha. Here’s how you make this:

IMG_0023Start by cooking some bacon. I only used two slices for the dressing, but feel free to add in more! I had four slices left in my package, so I just cooked them all. Don’t mind this misleading photo.

IMG_0003Next, measure out all your ingredients for the dressing: mayonnaise, white vinegar, granulated sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper.

IMG_0011Crumble your bacon into the dressing and that’s it!

Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppyseed Dressing from www.laurenslatest.comDrizzle over some kale, avocado and strawberries and you’re done! This is my husband’s new favorite salad, probably because he likes sweet dressings. And bacon. And strawberries.

So, there you have it! A super simple and tasty salad. Here’s the printable! Enjoy!

*Also see my Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing. You will thank me 🙂


Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppyseed Dressing

A little twist of the original strawberry salad recipe gets you a kicked up amazing new version of the salad everyone loves! Try not to love this salad! I dare you!

Yield: 2 servings

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  • 6 cups baby kale {prewashed kind}
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • for the dressing-
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Place kale, strawberries and avocado into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. For the dressing, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain bacon on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces and whisk together with remaining ingredients. Drizzle over salad and serve.

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  1. I’m sure Maria will give you a pass for Pregnancy Brain:-)…When I was preggo I almost drove away without paying for my gas. The lady came out yelling at me and I was like….”But I’m Pregnant!” I didn’t mean it. Sobbing. The lady didn’t buy it and was so mean:-)

    What is wonderful though is the idea of Strawberries with avocados. Yum and the bacon is a great add. This whole salad sounds so good, especially with the good strawberries starting to hit the market.

  2. Bacon makes everything better! I loved Maria’s recipe… but I’m a total sucker for bacon, either way it looks fab!

  3. This is so pretty! Those strawberries make me want summer!

  4. Your photos make me want to eat salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so I’m thrilled you had a case of preggo brain. Keep them coming.

  5. I want to run home and make this right now! I love sweet dressings too, and anything with bacon gets my attention. Bring on summer!

  6. This is such a summery salad–that dressing looks delicious!

  7. Could your pictures be any more gorgeous?! Love this recipe and everything about it!

  8. This is so beautiful, so many fantastic flavors all together here. I’m in love 🙂

  9. Made this, but subbed spinach for the kale. My 10-year old LOVED it. He begged me to make it again tomorrow!

  10. SUCH a beautiful salad! I’m in awe in your ability to even make new lunches and dinners while this pregnant! My poor family is suffering lately… both with my pregnancy brain and lack of energy for making meals. 🙂 Hang in there! We’ll both be snuggling our baby boys any day now!! woot woot!

  11. So funny, I have a similar salad on my list of recipes to make for the blog!

  12. Wow, that looks so delicious. Love all the colours 🙂 I’ll be adding this to my recipe box for sure!

  13. This is a really lovely salad! I’m so glad I tried it out now so I can enjoy it all throughout strawberry season. My store didn’t have any baby kale so I subbed a spinach and spring greens blend instead. I’d love to try it with the kale though! I also added in a little blue cheese because I had some on hand to use up. It added another great layer of flavor. This salad just has a really wonderful balance. It’s simple, but so good and the dressing is the perfect complement to the other ingredients. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  14. ALL of my favorite ingredients!! This looks amazing! 🙂

  15. Oh yum! I’m always looking for new, inventive ways to use kale in salads and this recipe looks absolutely divine! I love the idea of pairing the sweet strawberry with the salty bacon. My husband loves bacon in anything (even foods he doesn’t like… it’s my favourite technique to get him to eat despised foods!) so I’m sure he’ll adore this. Thanks for the gorgeous recipe. Love your blog! x

  16. This was really good and all my family loved it.

  17. I absolutely loved this salad. I did tweak a few things and use a baby spring green mix instead of kale because I didn’t have any, and for the dressing I used greek yogurt instead of mayo and honey instead of sugar but all in all, a great base for a salad. The textures, the flavor combinations, the smells coming from this salad were amazing!!!!! I could eat this every single day and probably will now that our strawberries are starting to ripen. Thanks so much for posting this and for the heavenly experience with this salad!!!!! It is now my favorite salad to eat!!!!

  18. I’m so glad I found this salad-and your blog. This looks incredible. Can’t wait to try it. I featured this idea in my 10 Fabulous Summer DIYs list today on my blog!

  19. Okay, this is my second time making this salad. My whole family loves it so much, thanks for the great recipe!

  20. That sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

  21. This looks delish! I can’t wait to try it for myself (family of picky eaters might even try it too?? 🙂 I’m also sharing this on my blog with a link back. Thanks for sharing!!!

  22. Hands down, this was one of the best salads I have ever had!!! So delicious and so very simple to make. I did cheat and use ready made bacon though. I love this salad!!!

    • Glad you liked it 🙂 So smart using the prepped bacon! Bet it was ready to eat in a flash!



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