Copycat Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Um.  have I ever told you guys that I have a little obsession with Panera Bread?   I love everything there.  Everything.   I love their bagels and cream cheese,  their breakfast quiches, their coffee, their salads, soups, sandwiches.  Everything. 

But seriously,  It is so expensive.  It is bad enough that I drop at least $10.00 every time I go there.  But, if I bring the kiddos, I basically am taking precious money out of their college funds for their grilled cheeses- or my husband likes to call it- grilled cheese caviar.

After easily putting together the Culver’s Strawberry Field’s Salad last month, I realized how easy it is to put-together ” restaurant salads” at home.

So I get it, to get all the ingredients, does cost money too.   But my kids love fruit,  and assure you, that any leftover fruit- not being used for salads are not going to waste.

I love this salad, the one thing I really loved about this- was that both of my two older boys ate it.  And they didn’t just eat the fruit- but they also loved the lettuce drizzled in the sweet poppyseed salad dressing.

You can make your own poppyseed salad dressing for this salad, or you can also just use store bought poppyseed dressing- if you are pressed for time.   I promise this salad will be good- either way.

Copycat Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad 

makes 1 salad 


1-2 cups of chopped romaine lettuce

1/4 cup of chopped strawberries

1/4 cup of chopped pineapple

1/4 cup of mandarin oranges

1/4 cup of blueberries

1/8 cup of salted toasted pecans

1/8 cup of poppyseed salad dressing

1/4 cup of chicken- I used chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken.

Poppyseed Salad Dressing 

1/2 cup canola oil

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon poppyseeds

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Method: In a bowl, arrange washed, chopped romaine lettuce, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, blueberries chicken and toasted pecans.  Drizzle with poppyseed dressing and eat!  To make dressing, add all the ingredients into a salad dressing container or a mason jar.  Shake all the ingredients together.  Let the ingredients marinate for about an hour before using.



  1. How would you multiply this salad to feed a holiday family?

  2. Has anyone made this with a different oil?


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