Food Fashion and Flow: Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad   

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad

It is a new year and most of us have indulged in holiday eating more than we care to admit. I ate a lot of cake and cookies and pie and macaroni and cheese. Did I mention that I ate a lot of cake, cookies and pie? I enjoyed every last crumb too. I don't even feel guilty. Okay, maybe a little. Well, the holidays are over and it is time to get serious about eating healthy. I am excited about eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables and you should be too. You and I will feel so much better. This salad is something special.

It's really special
This salad is so good I have eaten it three days in a row. 
It's that good.
 I love a good salad, especially a colorful salad that is chock full of fruit and fresh vegetables. One of my favorite salads is the strawberry poppy seed chicken salad at Panera Bread. It is one of their signature summer salads and I enjoy it quite often in the summer. After experimenting in my kitchen, I came up with my own delicious salad inspired by Panera, but with a few of my own special touches. This is simple, delicious and healthy. Try this and watch those holiday hips go away. If you are watching your sugar intake, you can swap the poppy seed dressing for a simple mix of Braggs apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Dijon and a hint of agave. Are you ready to taste this colorful masterpiece?

I like to mix my salad greens and I always include baby spinach

A little spring mix and romaine add more color and texture

And then the berries

oh the berries...

Mandarin oranges add additional sweetness

The Panera version of this salad has pecans, but I switched it up with toasted walnuts

Grilled chicken is the final ingredient. The salad is equally delicious if you make it completely vegetarian, but we need our protein. Don't we? I'm ready for some salad. How about you?


2 chicken breast halves seasoned and cooked

For the Lemon Poppy seed Dressing

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons diced onion
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup olive oil or regular vegetable oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Add all ingredients except oil and poppyseeds to the blender or a food processor. When everything is well blended, start adding the oil a little at a time in a steady stream. Add the poppyseeds and process for a few minutes.

In a large salad bowl, combine the salad greens, fruit and walnuts. Toss with dressing and put a mound of salad one each plate and add the chicken.

Makes approximately 10 generous servings

Go ahead and tell everyone you spent all day slaving over a cold salad:-)

Bon Appetit!


D for Davey said...

Mmmmm that looks delicious!!, i will be recreating this salad =)
Would you like to follow each other and keep in touch =)

Glenda said...

Looks like we have more in common. I too enjoy going home to make my own creation of dishes from my favorite eateries. Panera has delicious salads. I love the Asian salad. This looks to heavenly. Thank you for sharing.

We Are Not Martha said...

This is packed with so many pretty colors! Super healthy and fun to eat :)

Happy New Year!!


Law_Fal said...

This looks so beautiful and delicious!!

Carsedra McKoy said...

This looks so yummy!! I have to remember to add fruit to my salads!!!

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Kat asecondglance said...

Mm-mm. When I make a salad with a fruit ingredient, I usually pick one. But why stop at one when you can have 2 or 3? Sadly our free-falling Canadian dollar is making imported berries incredibly expensive, but I'll be saving this recipe for summer farmers' market inspiration!

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