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 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 assure you, that any leftover fruit- not being used for salads are 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
In a bowl, arrange washed, chopped romaine lettuce, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, blueberries chicken, and toasted pecans.
Drizzle with poppyseed dressing and eat!
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.