Take-out Tuesday, Holiday Salad with Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Croutons

This sweet and savory salad is truly a holiday celebration in a bowl!

Fresh strawberries, juicy oranges, buttery almonds

on a bed of fresh spinach and romaine lettuce

all topped with bacon wrapped asparagus “croutons”

The fresh greens and red berries make this salad

perfect for Christmas or any festive celebration

I used seasonal blood oranges,

heavenly flavor and once peeled

they are more of a cranberry color than orange

A big batch of buttery almonds can be made in 5 minutes

and stored in a jar for more salad and vegetable toppings

The sweet and salty buttery almonds

are the perfect contrast to the sweet fruit in the salad

To make this salad sing “special occasion,”

wrap fresh asparagus spears with bacon

About 30 minutes in the oven

and these spears are ready for snacking or topping your salad

I snipped them into 1 inch pieces with kitchen scissors

and added them to the salad bowl

I recommend using a light vinaigrette dressing,

like this simple homemade Maple Mustard

or Panera’s Fuji Apple {available at Publix and many grocery stores]

This salad is a great side dish with grilled meats or BBQ

We enjoyed it with BBQ Ribs and

Triple Cheese Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

Holiday Salad with Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Croutons

Bright colors and festive flavors for a beautiful special occasion salad
Prep Time 10 mins
roasting time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 3 cups chopped romaine leaves
  • 1 blood orange, or navel orange or clementine peeled and diced
  • 5 large fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 cup buttery almonds* or more to taste reserve the rest of almonds for another use
  • light vinaigrette dressing to taste

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Croutons or Appetizer

  • 8 fresh asparagus spears
  • 4 thick slices applewood smoked bacon or other hearty bacon cut in 1/2

Buttery Almonds

  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt

Optional Ingredients

  • diced cooked chicken or turkey
  • bleu cheese crumbles

Instructions
 

  • Tear spinach and put it in a large salad bowl with romaine.
  • Add strawberries, oranges and almonds
  • Refrigerate until serving time and make asparagus croutons

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Croutons or Appetizer

  • Break off tough ends of asparagus spears
  • wrap each asparagus spear with 1/2 slice bacon, stretching bacon to fit
  • Place spears on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes until bacon is crisp
  • Drain on paper towels. Cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces with kitchen scissors for croutons or serve whole as an appetizer
  • Add asparagus croutons to salad, drizzle with vinaigrette to taste and toss right before serving

Buttery Almonds

  • Melt butter in skillet with olive oil over medium heat
  • Add almonds and sprinkle with brown sugar and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes until nuts just begin to caramelize, watching carefully so they don't burn.
  • Cool on a piece of parchment paper or on a plate. Store in a covered jar

Notes

*this recipe makes 2 cups of buttery almonds, store remaining for future salads or vegetable toppings
Add chicken turkey and/or bleu cheese for a main dish salad
Keyword asparagus, bacon wrapped asparagus croutons, buttery almonds, Christmas salad, holiday salad, salad with fruit, spinach salad, sweet and savory salad

Enjoy!

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Comments
28 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Holiday Salad with Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Croutons”
  1. Martha says:

    Yummy!!

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this looks most delicious! I’m getting tired of all the heavy foods that we tend to make this time of year. This sounds much lighter and a perfect change from the ordinary. Thanks for sharing! Happy Tuesday!

  3. This looks so lovely!

  4. Lots f terrific ideas here, Jenna — but my keeper is doing all the almonds at once and keeping them for the salads and all. I don’t know why I never thought of that!

  5. Nancy says:

    This looks scrumptious! I never am lost for words when I visit you except to say… Everything looks scrumptious when you share your recipes!
    I need to add asparagus to my grocery list!
    Thank you always my friend!
    Merry Tuesday!

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh this salad look so good! I am adding all the ingredients to my shopping list. The meal you served looks delicious, I may copy this for one evening when the family is here. Love your menus and recipes!

  7. Jenna, this salad is perfect for something different during the holidays. The bacon wrapped asparagus is a great idea for a salad, I never would have thought of that. I hope you are staying warm and cozy on these cool days.

  8. Rosie M. says:

    OMG, Jenna, my mouth started to water as I was reading this recipe! Absolutely cannot wait to try it! Happy soon-to-be Holidays!!

  9. Oh Yummmm! I can’t wait to try this one! Ditto what Rosie said!! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  10. angie says:

    what a special festive little salad this is and love those artichokes I think bacon makes everything better
    come see what we shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  11. lulu says:

    I like salads with fruits and nuts but I’ve never thought about the asparagus angle. Wrapped with bacon, how can that be anything but good!

  12. Mary says:

    Such a festive salad and tasty too Jenna! Bacon makes everything better πŸ™‚ β™₯

  13. Cyndi Raines says:

    What a pretty salad and sounds so tasty. Pinning! πŸ˜‹ Thanks Jenna and happy belated birthday! Mine is coming up on the 24th! 🌲🌲🌲

  14. What a refreshing menu!

  15. Your fresh fruits and the bacon wrapped asparagus make this salad extra special.

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