You will love how easy it is to make your own copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad at home!
The Panera poppyseed salad is my most favorite salad. It's sweet from all the fresh fruit and the creamy dressing is just divine.
With the warmer weather, I just don't feel like cooking as much and I crave the Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad. Since we don't have a Panera nearby, I make my own version at home.
The great thing about this salad is you can pretty much use whatever kind of chicken you want. Here I'm using cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts. However, you could also use rotisserie chicken, pulled chicken, or whatever leftover chicken you happen to have on hand.
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Delicious and colorful salad that even kids love.
- Quick and easy - great for busy weeknights.
- This tasty salad is a great way to use up leftover chicken.
- romaine lettuce
- baby spinach
- pineapple chunks
- mandarin oranges
- poppy seeds
This is meant to be a brief overview of the Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe. For step-by-step instructions and a full printable recipe card with ingredients, please scroll down to the teal box below or Jump to Recipe.
- Toss together the spinach and romaine in a large bowl.
- Add the chicken.
- Top with additional fresh fruit and sprinkle with nuts and poppyseeds.
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To Store: Store undressed salad leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. (These are my favorite airtight containers.
The first time you try any new recipe we recommend that you make it just as it is written on the recipe card since that is how the recipe has been tested. However, the next time you make our copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe, you might want to try one of these ideas:
- Try our Orange Poppy Seed Dressing recipe instead of poppyseed.
- Add a sprinkle of feta cheese or blue cheese crumbles on top.
- Instead of canned pineapple and mandarin oranges, grab some whole mandarin oranges and fresh pineapple from the produce section at your grocery store.
🍴 Serving Suggestions
This meal is pretty much perfect like it is, but you can pretend you're at Panera and add some crusty bread on the side!
How to Make Poppyseed Dressing
- ¾ cup mayo
- ¼ cup half and half
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Whisk together all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Taste and add additional seasonings as needed.
- Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Mandarin Orange Salad with Chicken
- Winter Citrus Salad
- Salads with Chicken - never get bored with your salad again. So many ideas for pairing chicken with mouthwatering veggies and fruits.
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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
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- 2 heads romaine lettuce chopped and rinsed
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 20 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained well
- 1 16 ounce package fresh strawberries, washed, cored, and quartered
- 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained well
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 3 to 4 cooked chicken
- ½ cup roasted pecans coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Poppy Seed dressing to taste (homemade or store-bought)
- Toss together the spinach and romaine in a large bowl.2 heads romaine lettuce, 3 cups baby spinach
- Add the chicken.3 to 4 cooked chicken
- Top with additional fruit and sprinkle with nuts and poppyseeds.1 20 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained well, 1 16 ounce package fresh strawberries, washed, cored, and quartered, 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained well, 1 cup fresh blueberries, ½ cup roasted pecans, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Serve with poppy seed dressing.Poppy Seed dressing
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