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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad (Panera Copycat)

This Strawberry Poppyseed Salad was inspired by Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed Salad! It’s packed with so much goodness- romaine lettuce, fresh fruit, boneless skinless chicken strips, toasted pecans, and then drizzled with a mouth watering homemade poppyseed dressing!

Makes 1 large salad serving 

What Ingredients do I need to make this Strawberry Poppyseed Salad (Panera Copycat)?

  • Skinless Boneless Chicken Strips– cooked and sliced. You could use rotisserie chicken without the skin on. I usually use the Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips or diced chicken that are frozen. I just thaw them out, season with salt, pepper, and paprika, and heat them in a skillet for a few minutes. You can find them at most grocery stores. Click HERE to search for a store location near you. 
  • Romaine Lettuce: Romaine pairs perfectly with the fruit in salad. However, you can also use baby spinach leaves or a mixture of both. Washed and patted dry.
  • Strawberries: thinly sliced. Fresh is best for this salad. Washed and patted dry.
  • Blueberries: Fresh is best for this salad. Washed and patted dry.
  • Pineapple: Fresh is best but canned pineapple chunks works. Drain the juice. 
  • Mandarin Oranges: Panera uses canned mandarin oranges. Drain the juice.  
  • Pecans:I like to use toasted pecans. Raw or toasted work well. I use Trader Joe’s toasted pecans. I like to weight the pecans to ensure I get a fair amount for the point value. I use THIS food scale to weight the pecans. 
  • Poppyseed Dressing: You can use your favorite bottled poppyseed dressing such as Skinny-girl Poppyseed Fat Free-Sugar Free Salad Dressing– which is 10 calories or zero points for 2 Tbsp, or Litehouse OPA Greek yogurt strawberry poppyseed dressing which is 2 Tbsp for 2 smartpoints. However; I love serving this salad with my creamy homemade poppyseed.  Click HERE for recipe. 

Can I make this salad for a large group or gathering? 

Yes, you bet! This recipe makes ONE large serving but could easily serve two people. If you are making this for a potluck or family gathering -just quadruple the recipe. That means you’ll use 1 cup of fruit, two heads of romaine lettuce, 12-16 oz. of cooked chicken strips, ect. 

How do I make this Strawberry Poppyseed Salad (Panera Copycat)?

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

To make the dressing, add all the ingredients into a salad dressing container or a mason jar.

Shake all the ingredients together.

Chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes before using.

Drizzle salad with poppyseed dressing and serve!

Enjoy!

 

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. skinless boneless chicken strips, cooked-I like to use the Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips 
  • cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned mandarin oranges, juice drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple chunks, juice drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry
  • 2 Tbsp or 15 grams toasted pecans, chopped (optional)

Homemade Creamy Poppyseed Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp light Kraft mayo
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond or skim milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar or white granulated sugar sweetener such as Lakanto Classic monk fruit sweetener 
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, arrange romaine/spinach/lettuce, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, blueberries chicken, and toasted pecans, if desired.
  2. To make the dressing, add all the ingredients into a salad dressing container or a mason jar. Shake all the ingredients together. Chill in the fridge for about an hour before using.
  3. Drizzle salad with poppyseed dressing and serve!

Makes 1 large salad serving including 2 Tbsp homemade dressing

2-12* PersonalPoints per serving*

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

Click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload. Be sure to edit the recipe with any ingredients that you use that are different. The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan. 

*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad (Panera Copycat)

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad (Panera Copycat)

This Strawberry Poppyseed Salad was inspired by Panera's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad! It's packed with so much goodness- romaine lettuce, fresh fruit, boneless skinless chicken strips, toasted pecans, and then drizzled with a mouth watering homemade poppyseed dressing!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. skinless boneless chicken strips, cooked-I like to use the Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips 
  • 1½ cups romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned mandarin oranges, juice drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple chunks, juice drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry
  • 2 Tbsp or 15 grams toasted pecans, chopped (Optional)

Homemade Creamy Poppyseed Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp light Kraft mayo
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond or skim milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar or white granulated sugar sweetener such as Lakanto Classic monk fruit sweetener 
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions

    1. In a bowl, arrange, chopped romaine lettuce, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, blueberries chicken, and toasted pecans.
    2. To make the dressing, add all the ingredients into a salad dressing container or a mason jar. Shake all the ingredients together. Chill in the fridge for about an hour before using.
    3. Drizzle salad with poppyseed dressing and serve!


    Makes 1 large salad serving including 2 Tbsp homemade dressing

    2-12* PersonalPoints per serving
    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

    *If you omit the pecans and have chicken and fruit as zero point food items then the personal-points would be 2 PersonalPoints.

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN: 7 Smartpoints per serving if using the homemade poppyseed dressing BLUE/PURPLE: 5 smartpoints per serving if the using homemade poppyseed dressing

Nutrition Information

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Amount Per Serving Calories 278Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 56mgSodium 195mgCarbohydrates 37gNet Carbohydrates 33gFiber 4gSugar 22gProtein 14g

Do not use the WW nutritional calculator to calculate points. The nutritional calculator does take zero point food ingredients into consideration and will not be accurate. Personal Point values and nutritional information is estimated and calculated using the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe. PersonalPoints values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and depending on your customized zero point foods list. To accurately calculate the Personal Point value on a recipe you will need to enter the ingredients in the WW app recipe builder by going to the top bar in your WW App and selecting “My Foods” then when you are in my foods select “Recipes” then click “Create” in top corner, this is where you will build the recipe, give it a name, select how many servings it makes and then add all ingredients.

 

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Tuesday 9th of November 2021

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Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Better than panera!!! Thanks your a wizard in the kitchen!!

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Friday 4th of June 2021

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