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Copycat Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

by Kristen

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, 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 am taking precious money out of their college funds for their grilled cheeses- or my husband likes to call it- grilled cheese caviar.

After quickly 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 I assure you that any leftover fruit- not being used for salads is not going to waste.

I love this salad. The one thing I 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 poppyseed salad dressing for this salad, or you can also 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


  • 1-2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/8 cup salted toasted pecans
  • 1/8 cup poppyseed salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup chicken- I used chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken.

Poppyseed Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1.  In a bowl, arrange washed, chopped romaine lettuce, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, blueberries chicken, and toasted pecans. 

  2. Drizzle with poppyseed dressing and eat!

  3. To make the 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.


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Alicia March 6, 2020 - 9:30 pm

How many servings does this recipe make?

Stephanie June 27, 2019 - 10:56 pm

Has anyone made this with a different oil?

Kristen June 30, 2019 - 11:36 am


Gayle Napientek April 20, 2019 - 1:24 pm

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

Kristen April 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

I guess x it by how many people?


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