Strawberry Pecan Salad

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 29, 2014

Summer salads are perfect for 4th of July or bbq’s with friends and family. This Strawberry Pecan Salad is loaded with fresh berries and candied Fisher’s Pecan Halves. It’s also topped with a sweet, homemade lemon poppyseed dressing.

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Strawberry Pecan Salad with a sweet, homemade Lemon Poppyseed dressing and candied Pecans #thinkfisher

Salads are one of the first things I’m drawn to at a potluck or BBQ. I love the unique twists people put on them, and I love that someone else had to chop up the veggies! Ha!

Today’s recipe is super simple. I started by making some candied pecans. It only takes a couple minutes, and it’s worth the extra effort. By toasting them quickly in a skillet it brings out their nutty flavor. And adding a little sugar to the skillet gives them a sweet crispy coating! Just make sure you make extra for your salad, because if you’re like me you’ll be nibbling on them before you assemble!

Strawberry Pecan Salad with a sweet, homemade Lemon Poppyseed dressing and candied Pecans #thinkfisher

Bringing a salad to a potluck or bbq is always a great idea. Especially when it’s loaded with sweet, ripe berries too. This salad reminds me of my favorite one from Panera, that’s only available in the summer. I added fresh strawberries (from my garden!), blueberries, and mandarin oranges. I also added goat cheese. I think it pairs so nicely with all the fruit in this recipe. You can use gorgonzola too, if you prefer.

I also whipped up a quick dressing. If you’re not eating this salad immediately, hold off on adding the dressing. It’s best right before serving. You don’t need a blender or anything fancy for this delicious lemon poppyseed dressing. I have a little dressing pitcher, but a mason jar and lid would work great too!

Strawberry Pecan Salad with a sweet, homemade Lemon Poppyseed dressing and candied Pecans #thinkfisher

Fisher Nuts wants to know how YOU enjoy summer salads? Do you like yours loaded with fruit and nuts, like me? Or do you prefer it with fresh veggies and cheese? For inspiration, check out Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s summer salad recipes: http://www.fishernuts.com/recipes/salads

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Strawberry Pecan Salad with a sweet, homemade Lemon Poppyseed dressing and candied Pecans #thinkfisher

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Strawberry Pecan Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

    For the Salad:
  • 1 cup Fisher Nuts Pecan Halves
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 oz package Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 8 oz fresh strawberries, halved
  • 4 oz fresh blueberries
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced (cut into small pieces)
  • 15 oz can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp poppyseeds

Instructions

  1. In a small skillet over medium heat, saute pecans with sugar. This will take several minutes for the sugar to dissolve as you stir the pecans. Set aside and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine romaine, berries, oranges, cheese and onion. Add diced chicken. Toss gently.
  3. In a small mason jar, combine dressing ingredients and shake with lid on.
  4. When ready to serve, add candied pecans and drizzle with dressing. ENJOY!
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Librarian Lavender June 29, 2014 at 7:49 am

That salad is looking amazing! I love strawberries in my salad!
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jennifer June 29, 2014 at 9:34 am

Looks yummy! Definitely going to give it a try.

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Karen June 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

That salad looks so amazing! I’m gonna make it for the 4th!

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Laura J June 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

This is my most favorite type of salad!! Can’t wait to make my own!

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Baby June June 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

That looks delicious! I love using fruit in salads this time of year. :)
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sue/the view from great island June 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

That is one fantastic looking salad, all those colors are stunning!
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Heather June 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I make a Mandarine orange salad that is similar to this and it is wonderful!!

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MaryB June 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Greens with berries or fruit and a vinaigrette is our favorite. This looks wonderful!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

No sooner did you tell me you like nuts and pecans on my pecan post than I come over here and you have a pecan salad – awesome! I would gobble this right up! Dressing sounds great and my fave salads are the ones that are simple, clean, light, and EASY! :) pinned

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Pam Sohan June 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

My favorite salads are ones I don’t have to make LOL Love combining fruit and nuts and some veggies in my salads.

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Tess June 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Love your blog! Thank you for offering a giveaway! Going to make this salad recipe this week.

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Vicky June 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Summer salads are the best to eat on a hot day…especially your Strawberry Pecan Salad. I made one like this last year for 4th of July and it was a hit, I even doubled the recipe. Also, I’ve used store bought Poppy Seed dressing to save time.

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Allison K. June 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

This salad looks great!

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M. Weber June 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

My favorite salad is one I make with romaine lettuce, mixed baby greens, mandarin oranges, red onions and candied almonds – the dressing I make is similar to the one you have made for this salad except without the poppyseeds (but now I’ll have to add them because I love poppyseed anything!!). Thanks for the continuing great recipes.

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Barbara Bradford June 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

My very favorite salad is the green jello kind that you always get at cafeterias. It has pineapple, cottage cheese, lime jello, whipped topping and pecans… absolutely yummy

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Maureen June 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

What a tasty salad!

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Denice Metz June 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

I love a good wedge with blue cheese and bacon

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Shari Kelley June 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I love salads with fruit and nuts in them, and the lemon poppyseed dressing sounds wonderful! This is such a pretty, colorful salad, perfect for summer.
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Mary Frances June 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

You got all my favorites in this salad! Lemon poppyseed has my heart :) and anything with fruit is a double thumbs up! Last year, I went from no fruit in my salad to all fruits in my salad and nuts compliment them so well. Gorgeous recipe, Aimee, pinned!
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Amanda P June 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I love salads like this with lots of fresh berries, but also love a good cobb salad.

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SandyN June 29, 2014 at 9:36 pm

This salad looks amazing!!! I also love taco salads!

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Nicole Miller June 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

This is going on my menu for this week’s dinners :)

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L Hanner June 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Lisa B June 30, 2014 at 12:33 am

I love any kind of salad with sweet and savory components…like this Strawberry Pecan Salad!

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Gloria R. June 30, 2014 at 3:35 am

My favorite salad is pretty close to the one posted here. Basically it’s spinach with strawberries, blueberries, grape tomatoes. bacon, crumbled Feta, green onions and toasted pecans. I make an odd little dressing of mayo, balsamic vinegar and a natural sugarfree sweetener. Occasionally I also add chicken breast as well. :)

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aux fourneaux June 30, 2014 at 3:36 am

Looks yummy ! I love pecan salad, humm délicious !!!
Merci
Manuella
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Alison Wood June 30, 2014 at 5:40 am

I’m a Caesar salad fan!

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tanya June 30, 2014 at 7:57 am

Candied nuts are the best! This is a wonderful salad Aimee!
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Nutmeg Nanny June 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

This salad is so beautiful!
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Serene @ House of Yumm June 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

Any salad that has candied pecans is a win for me!!! This one looks outstanding! Love it :)
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Terri Frazier June 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

Favorite salad is arugula, mandarin oranges and lemon tarragon dressing with shaved Parmesan.

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Ashton June 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

candied nuts + poppyseed dressing + pretty much anything else = HEAVEN. I’m loving this salad!!
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Melanie @ Carmel Moments June 30, 2014 at 10:35 am

Goodness! That looks like a mighty healthy salad Aimee! Perfect summer lunch. Loving all the strawberries galore.
Have an awesome day!
xo
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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction June 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Love salads with strawberries! I need to add this salad to my weekend menu!
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Rachel Cooks June 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

This is one of my favorite kinds of salads!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain June 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm

What a gorgeous and colorful salad, Aimee! It would be stunning on a 4th of July appetizer/snack table for sure. And those pecans?? I’ll take a few handfuls please and thank you. ;)
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Lori Martin June 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Yum! This looks so good!

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Regular home cleaning Ealing July 1, 2014 at 4:04 am

This salad looks amazing! I’m sure that is very delicious too :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

Wow!!! That is one gorgeous looking salad!! I love all the fruits and nuts you have on this. And I definitely need to try the candied pecans!!!!
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Jamie | My Baking Addiction July 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

I love my salads loaded with fruit – this is perfect for a summer dinner!
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Sherri July 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

My favorite salad is fruit salad with nuts, cherries, fruit cocktail, and marshmallows. Always reminds me of family.

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Robin Wilson July 2, 2014 at 6:55 am

My favorite salad is a chef salad with apples and grapes and balsamic vinegar.

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Laura J July 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Oh I really love the salads that have fruit in them! Especially for summer! The one you made looks so good!

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