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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn (about 8 cups)
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • Place sugar in a small heavy skillet; cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted and caramel-colored, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds until coated. Spread on foil to cool.
  • Place romaine, onion and strawberries in a large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients; toss with salad. Break candied almonds into pieces; sprinkle over salad. Serve immediately.
Health Tip: Turn this potluck salad into something heartier. Grill 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, slice and add to the salad for 10 main dish servings.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 110 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • sactom
    Aug 9, 2020

    An amazing salad for a hot summer day or any day for that matter! Last night, we enjoyed the salad with our barbecued burgers under the evening stars when the 95 degree heat cooled to something reasonable.. Whether a simple family meal or elegant meal for special guests, the combination of greens and fruit with the sweet dressing and unforgettable candied almond is one of my favorite green salads. It is like a dessert alongside a main course!

  • lcrement
    Jul 30, 2020

    Panera adds chicken breast and some fresh blueberries and pineapple tidbits. I personally like spring greens in addition to the romaine lettuce.

  • dmkinsey
    Jun 12, 2020

    Made this for dinner last night, and we really liked it. My husband went back for seconds! This is such a great salad to make for dinner on a hot day.

  • Remenec
    Jun 5, 2020

    What an amazing recipe for spring! I made it for a family party and it was a hit! This salad is so fresh and flavorful and the ingredients all tie in nicely with one another.

  • Linda
    Mar 27, 2020

    I have been making this exact recipe for many years. I got it from my original Taste of Home magazine. It is always a favorite , everywhere I go! The perfect combination of flavors and textures, and pretty, too. Don't change a thing!

  • pajamaangel
    Oct 20, 2019

    No comment left

  • lollygagtx
    Jul 3, 2019

    But we double the dressing!

  • danielleylee
    Jul 27, 2018

    We made this at work for a function and everyone really loved this salad. Perfect to enjoy fresh strawberries from the local market.

  • gunslinger
    May 22, 2018

    This salad is worthy of more than 5 stars! The dressing is so delicious and the lettuce, strawberry , onion mixture is very pretty and tasty. The caramel almonds on top are a little trouble but well worth the effort. This would be great for a ladies luncheon!

  • knollbrookcook
    Apr 22, 2018

    Great salad. The dressing was delicious. Made it just as it says and I will be making this again for sure.