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Summer Strawberry Salad

strawberry salad

I have become addicted to salads lately, maybe it’s because when I eat out and am not sure about gluten free items, I go with a salad.  I am a very picky salad eater though, I want variety in my salad.  I also like it to be colorful and have some meat added.  I lack protein in my diet, so meat is a must in my salad.

One of my all time favorite salads that I look forward to each year is Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed Salad.  I know that the workers at my local Panera probably dread when I walk in because I love this salad; however, I actually prefer the dressing that is on the Fuji Apple Salad.  So, I order this Strawberry Poppyseed Salad minus the Poppyseed and the Pecans because I’m allergic to those.

About a month ago, I ordered it and then the friend I was with said something about me being pregnant, to which the worker said “Oh, now I know why you are being picky”.  Nope…I like it like that even without the pregnant part!  I just smiled and said “Yes, you are right” (fingers crossed being my back).

Now, although I love this salad so much, I also enjoy making it at home with fresh fruits and veggies from our garden and the farmers markets.  We have an abundance of lettuce this year, so I knew I would be using it for this salad.  I enjoy it with a variety of dressing.  The local grocery stores do have poppyseed dressing; however, I also like it with raspberry dressing.  Maybe I just like variety!

strawberry salad

The recipe card today is going to be for all those that may not have had the luxury of trying this delicious salad yet and wonder what is in the salad?  I left off the amounts since it will vary based on the amount of salad you are making.

This is perfect for a light lunch or dinner party!

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Summer Strawberry Salad


  • Lettuce
  • Sliced Grilled Chicken
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Blueberries
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Dressing of Choice


  1. Combine all ingredients then top with your favorite dressing. Enjoy!

Note: I did not include amounts here because it will vary based on the amounts of salads you are making.



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4 Responses to “Summer Strawberry Salad”

  1. Lainie Dominguezposted May 7, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I love this salad too but struck gold this weekend when I discovered Target carries about 8 of the Panera salad dressings, including the Poppy and the one used for the Apple salad! This discovery made my weekend!


    • Kristy Stillreplied May 7th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Oh Yes! I spotted that the other day too! It’s like heaven!


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