Sweet summer strawberries bedded with soft goat cheese make for a wonderful combination in any salad. To liven things up, consider crisping some pancetta or bacon in a skillet and sprinkling the meat over your salad for a salty twist.

Still want a salad with a little something extra? Try my recipe for Bourbon-Candied Pecans to add an extra-sweet, candylike final touch.

Sweet and salty, crunchy and warm, this Strawberry Spinach Salad With Goat Cheese, Pancetta and Bourbon-Candied Pecans has just about everything for an elegant summer meal.

Helana Brigman is a food writer, photographer and cookbook author. She can be reached with daily recipes at http://clearlydeliciousfoodblog.com or via email at hbrigm1@tigers.lsu.edu.