Bunny Ears Salad for Spring or Easter!

A fun and easy salad with a nod to Easter with “bunny ears” hiding in the salad greens!  Use ready-made palmiers as a short cut from the grocery store and enjoy with an easy recipe for Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.


I saw this adorable idea for Petite Palmiers

 as Bunny Ears hiding among the salad greens

on Pinterest.


Since we’re eating like bunnies these days with

boating season {yay} aka bathing suit season {shudder}

on the horizon, tucking in a little Palmier among the greens

makes the salad eating a little less painful :)


No recipe for the salad, just a mixture of some mixed baby greens, blueberries, strawberries, and pecans. You can also add some blue cheese crumbles and substitute Sweet-and-Spicy Pecans, making your salad dining a little less bunny-like :)

I made a quick & easy Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing, using a recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray. I mixed up a cup to have on hand instead of 4 servings like the recipe and then made a slight adjustment for flavor.

strawberry vinaigrette

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

~ 3 tablespoons strawberry jam

~1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

~3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

~1/2 teaspoon salt

~1/4 teaspoon pepper


Place jam in a medium bowl and whisk in vinegar then extra-virgin olive oil. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Store in a lidded jar in fridge and shake before serving.


My Palmiers came from Target but I’ve also seen them at Trader Joe’s, or you can make your own using Ina Garten’s recipe.

Runner & napkins/ Pottery Barn, used here

Forks/ Portmeirion Botanic Garden

Bowl & Gravy Boat/ Olfaire, HomeGoods

Find more Last Minute Easter Menu Additions:

Sides, Salads & Desserts, HERE

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  44 comments for “Bunny Ears Salad for Spring or Easter!

  1. Ros
    March 21, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Hi from the UK – I happened upon your blog while searching for china mugs! Not quite sure how that happened, but I was entranced. Some really inspirational ideas and a real tonic at this time of year. Having said that, we have a beautiful day here but freezing and heavy (for us) snow forecast for later. Look forward to reading your blog in the future.

  2. anon
    March 21, 2013 at 5:34 am

    That is adorable, only you could conjure a rabbit out of a salad. Once again we are twins, I made strawberry balsamic jam the other day. All the easier to pull a rabbit out my salad too!

  3. Sandi Lee
    March 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Love everything but especially the pink and white cabbage bowl and gravy boat!

  4. March 21, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Oh, how fun! Instead of pulling a rabbit out of a hat you ‘put’ rabbit ears in a lusious salad! 😉 Your presentation is just so inviting! I love everything about your blog!


  5. March 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

    How can you not smile at that? So cute. Strawberry vinaigrette sounds delightful….and I need some delightful in my life right now! Trip will love it, too. Thanks for posting the recipe. Bookmarked it! LOVE the salad bowl.

  6. March 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

    How clever — I’ll have to try this!

  7. March 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Too adorable! I can’t wait to try the Strawberry Vinaigrette, what a wonderful summer dressing. I almost always put some kind of fruit in my salads, and strawberries are my favorite!

  8. Cheryl
    March 21, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Loved your dishes today (reminds me of something similar my grandmother had) and filled with my favorite salad, too. Can’t wait to pull a bunny out of my salad!!

  9. March 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Your salad looks delicious and your photographs are so good I am inspired to make this salad right away. Thanks for the recipe for the salad dressing. I don’t have a source to buy the palmiers but will pass it onto my daughter. Her kids will love the idea. Your husband is so blessed to have pretty and tasty food.

    The bunny linens are adorable as well as the darling bowl and boat. You find the cutest things.

  10. March 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Mary, this is too cute! And the salad looks delicious! Your creativity just inspires me!

  11. March 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Mmmm, the salad looks delicious! Such a cute idea… and I love your hydrangeas :-)

  12. March 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Very inspired by the palmiers in the salad!! What a cute idea. Once again, you’ve inspired me. Happy Spring.. xo marlis

  13. Paula
    March 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Looks so yuMMy!! I will have to make the Strawberry Vinaigrette, I love Raspberry , so I know I would enjoy this for sure! Your dishes are very pretty. Wish I could shopping with you, you find the neatest things!!!
    Have a Super day :)

  14. March 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    This salad sounds so delicious, lovely looking, too. I have to look for the palmiers at TJ’s. Thanks for your visit and nice comment the other day. xo

  15. March 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

    LOL- OMGosh- What a funny/cute idea with the bunny ears. Wouldn’t my grands love that idea? It is perfect-as is your whole table. Blessings- xo Diana

  16. March 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

    That is so cute!!…will have to do that for our Easter dinner!!…fantastic salad!

  17. March 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Such a darling idea and I LOVE salad dressing recipes. Pinned it!

  18. March 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Too cute and looks delicious!

  19. Susan
    March 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Mary, this sounds fabulous and WILL be on my table for Easter and many other lunches and dinners. You have the most amazing recipes and your photography is so wonderful. It’s such a treat to visit your blog and I take in every bit of each post and reference them many times.

  20. March 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    How cute!!! I love this. The vinaigrette sounds delish and I might do a raspberry one too. I know EXACTLY what you mean about bathing suit season….BIG SHUDDER!!!!!!!!!!!! Since we have a pool here in the community I will have to get in shape, but kinda doubt that is even possible anymore:( Have a WONDERFUL Easter, Mary. XO, Pinky

  21. March 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Oh, what a darling idea! The salad looks scrumptious, too. Thank you for visiting my table this week!

  22. March 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    That’s a beautiful salad. I love to look at beautiful food! My problem is that I would still be hungry after eating that. :-( I guess if I had the added incentive of being seen in a bathing suit that I might muster up a little more willpower….maybe! :-)

  23. March 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    A friend had made ‘rose petal wine’ a few months ago which was delicious, but after a few weeks it turned into vinegar…which is also delicious. I was the recipient of a bottle of this “Rose Petal Vinegar” just yesterday and I think it would work great for the strawberry vinaigrette…Love the bunny ears peeking out of the salad!

  24. March 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Mary, I saw this cut bunny ear salad pop up on the screen this morning while having coffee before I rushed out the door. I’ve been smiling as I thought about this during my day. Too cute! A green salad filled with fresh berries and a few nuts is delicious. Similar to what I served for my GC luncheon on Tuesday. Thanks for the tips on the dressing. Sounds perfect!
    As for a swim suit……….I don’t venture to that department anymore. LOL

  25. March 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Oh Mary your salad is great – love the bunny ears. Can you see a child find that on Easter eating their salad. I’m impressed. the dressing sound wonderful, I am going to make it and go to the strawberry field and get some big fresh strawberries. ymmmmmmmm.
    Great post thanks for sharing.

  26. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    The salad looks beautiful Mary, the dressing sounds great and ya gotta love the ears! Love the pretty runner and napkins too:@)

  27. March 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Your bunny ears are adorable. I always eat bunnies by their ears first!!! Thanks so much for the yummy vinaigrette, Mary! As always I leave smiling and so very inspired!

  28. March 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    So cute and what a great idea!

  29. March 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

    My grandsons will love to see a bunny ear salad on my table this Easter, mary! i think the strawberry vinaigrette will also be a hit! Thanks again for all your creative ideas.!

  30. March 22, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Cute idea! The salad looks wonderful.

  31. March 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

    What a fantastic and easy idea to do for Easter. This salad would look so cute on our Easter table. Might even get my little salad hater to eat salad. I saw you on Rattlebridge Farms/

  32. March 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Oh, those bunny ears are just adorable! I think children and adults would get a real kick out of them! Your dressing sounds delicious and you’ve inspired me to make some today!

  33. March 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    It looks delicious, and I’m so in the mood for salad these days. It was starting to look a bit like spring, after all. (Starting… and then another cold snap.) I love the dressing and am trying to pin it to try. Pinterest seems to have a bit of spring fever itself today so it’s not working so well.


  34. March 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    So cute ~ a salad with a bunny hiding in the greens. Sounds yummy too!

  35. March 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    So fun!Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  36. March 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

    The most precious salad idea, Mary! So cute! I have long admired those PB linens. :)

  37. March 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    How cute!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  38. May 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Reblogged this on homeiswheretherootslead.wordpress.com.

  39. April 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    That’s such a cute idea! We love salads and I’m always coming up with something creative to mix in. The little bunny ears just make it fun.

  40. April 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Such a darling idea to add to a lovely salad. Need to pin this one so I remember to use this idea. Thanks!

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