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, 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.



  1. How many servings does this recipe make?

  2. Has anyone made this with a different oil?

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


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