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Poppy Seed Tossed Salad

So many people seek out this salad at get-togethers, I always have a couple giant bowls waiting. A guest who said she didn't like salads tried this one and ended up taking the leftovers home. I rank it in the top 10 of the best recipes I've collected.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    26 servings (1-3/4 cups dressing)


  • 1 package (3 ounces) ramen noodles
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • Crush ramen noodles; discard seasoning packet. In a large salad bowl, toss the greens, lettuce, noodles, oranges and almonds; set aside.
  • For dressing, in a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, onion, salt and mustard; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. Serve with salad.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 141 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • vsbell
    Jun 8, 2017

    The best Poppy Seed Dressing ever! Always get rave reviews when I make this salad. Never any left. I did make one change used Chinese Noodles instead of Ramen and added fresh Strawberries.

  • coconutqueen
    Apr 23, 2014

    Wonderful salad, but it's the DRESSING that makes it special. Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe. The best salad dressing I've ever had.

  • braund6101
    Feb 24, 2013

    Oh my gosh, this salad is so good, plus it's easy to make. I've made it for 3 different occassions within the past 2 months and so many people have commented how good it was and asked for the recipe. It's definitely a keeper for life!

  • vwgirl9
    Aug 25, 2012

    Large quantity so I made the full dressing and half salad.

  • melonirose
    May 22, 2011

    Easy to make and tastes wonderful. I used red onions so mine came out pink.

  • Beatriz Adriana
    Feb 4, 2010

    The first time I tried this salad was at church and asked for the recipe, and told me it was in taste of home website and founded it! It's really, really good! I'm not a big salad eater and this one it's my favorite. Thank you for a great recipe!

  • mchcah
    Aug 15, 2009

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  • SherryRoss
    Jul 29, 2009

    I make a smaller salad for 8 servings, I omit the iceberg lettuce and se only 1 package of spring mix salad greens. I also have added cut up chicken fora main dish salad. Use only the amount of dressing you like and put the rest ina container for later use.

  • chrissybeth
    May 23, 2006

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  • nursesearl
    Feb 6, 2006

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