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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

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This is the very best Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe. Loaded with fresh fruit, grilled chicken, toasted pecans, and drizzled with their signature poppyseed dressing. This salad will quickly become a go-to recipe the entire family will love and is full of flavor in every bite.

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white bowl filled with salad that is topped with fresh fruit and chicken.

Recipe Features

  • Quick and Easy Dinner: This salad can be ready in as little as 10 minutes, which is ideal for busy weeknights!
  • Fresh Flavor: Loaded with FOUR different fruits and grilled chicken, this salad does not lack flavor.
  • Healthy Recipe: Searching for something filling and still healthy? Add this to your menu!

I have always been a sucker for the Panera poppyseed salad. It is so fresh and inviting. The idea of so many fruits together on a salad is almost addicting, which is why I knew I needed to start making this salad recipe at home. It’s surprisingly simple and perfect for meal prep! You will fall in love with this flavor packed salad, especially the poppyseed dressing!

Bottle of Panera Poppyseed dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients

This recipe is so delicious and saves you money when you make your own at home! You’ll get the same great flavor of dining in but only spend a fraction of the cost! Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • Lettuce– According to their menu, romaine lettuce is what is used in the traditional recipe. I chop mine a bit smaller, but you could definitely leave the pieces bigger. Make it how you like your salad.
  • Grilled Chicken– Here’s where you can start to get really creative. I grill large batches of chicken and keep it in the freezer for salads, but you can find pre-cooked chicken slices in the freezer section of most grocery stores, OR you can use rotisserie or leftovers.
  • Fruit– Specifically, you’ll want mandarin oranges, blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple. Fresh is best, but in a pinch you can use canned pineapple. Both taste equally delicious.
  • Pecans– This is technically optional, but it makes all of the difference in the salad texture. Toast them in the oven for a few minutes, just until they are fragrant, and add to the dish. You could swap it for walnuts or almonds as well.
  • Dressing– You for sure could make a homemade version of poppyseed dressing. I love homemade salad dressings. However, for the sake of time saving, I opt for buying pre-made dressings. There is an entire shelf dedicated to poppy seed dressings. You can even find the Panera Poppyseed Dressing in most grocers!
Chicken being grilled on a pan

How to make the Panera Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Preparing a salad could not be easier. A few tips before you start:

  • Invest in a salad spinner or allow the lettuce to dry completely after washing.
  • In fact, let all of the fruits dry as well. Adding less water to the salad will let the dressing shine.
  • You can slice the fruit and toast the pecans up to 3 days in advance, which makes prep time even easier.
  • Store chopped lettuce with a paper towel to help keep it crisp.
  1. Combine the romaine, sliced chicken, berries, oranges, pineapple, and pecans, in a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle with salad dressing.
  3. Toss to combine and serve.
Poppyseed dressing being drizzled over the top of a salad

Recipe Tips and FAQs

How do you grill chicken stovetop?

Looking for a way to get that grilled chicken flavor without starting up the grill? I’ve got you covered.
1. Prep your chicken with your favorite marinade or salt and pepper.
2. Generously grease and heat a stovetop grill pan to medium high heat for 5 minutes, or until the pan is nice and hot.
3. Lower the temperature to medium and add the chicken.
4. Let the chicken breast cook for 5 minutes without flipping.
5. After the 5 minutes, use tongs to carefully flip the chicken and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
6. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Can you make Panera Bread’s Poppyseed Dressing from scratch?

Yes. While I prefer to buy this dressing premade, you can definitely make it yourself. We love using this easy recipe from AllRecipes for a homemade poppyseed salad dressing.

Can I double a salad recipe?

Of course! This salad is perfect to serve to a crowd. You can easily double or triple it.

How do you keep salad from wilting before serving?

The best way to keep your salad fresh and from wilting is to assemble just before serving. You could add the fruit and chicken in advance, just make sure to keep the dressing off until just before you serve. You could even serve it on the side!

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Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is the very best Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe. Loaded with fresh fruit, grilled chicken, toasted pecans, and drizzled with their signature poppyseed dressing. This salad will quickly become a go-to recipe the entire family will love and is full of flavor in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Romain Lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, cut to strips
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4-1/2 cup poppyseed dressing

Instructions

    1. Combine the romaine, sliced chicken, berries, oranges, pineapple, and pecans, in a large bowl.
    2. Top with grilled chicken.
    3. Drizzle with salad dressing.
    4. Toss to combine and serve.

Notes

  • Invest in a salad spinner or allow the lettuce to dry completely after washing.
  • In fact, let all of the fruits dry as well. Adding less water to the salad will let the dressing shine.
  • You can slice the fruit and toast the pecans up to 3 days in advance, which makes prep time even easier.
  • Store chopped lettuce with a paper towel to help keep it crisp.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 591Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1140mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 6gSugar: 38gProtein: 32g
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