Strawberry Pecan Salad

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:

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

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Strawberry Pecan Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes


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


  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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64 comments on “Strawberry Pecan Salad”

  1. I love my salads loaded with fruit – this is perfect for a summer dinner!

  2. Sherri

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

  3. Robin Wilson

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

  4. Laura J

    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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  9. Pam

    I have been eating & making a salad like this for years. I got the idea from a seafood place in Destin, FL that served the exact same salad. it is very good.

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  12. Anonymous

    July 6, 2015   – I’m making this salad again tonight !!  The first time I added the pecans without the sugar coating and also the poppyseeds (did not have any on hand)..  I added a comment on my Pinterest board after having it, but neglected to post directly to you.  My husband and I love this salad !!  A good way to get fruit into him, Lol !  It is on he menu again tonight (minus the chicken) .  Thank you for sharing this keeper.

  13. I had for lunch today and I enjoyed it.  I think I would like it even without the lettuce.

  14. Felicia

    Just made this for a simple, light dinner. It’s great! Pretty simple overall, even the candied pecans weren’t too hard 🙂 I had to leave out the goat cheese and poppyseeds but it was/is (I’m still chowing down!) an awesome salad! Can’t wait to have some for lunch tomorrow! 

  15. Wendi

    I just stumbled on this and it looks amazing!  I’m wondering if you’ve ever tried the dressing with honey rather than the refined sugar.  Same with the candied pecans?

  16. dr. b. droll

    I made a similar salad after eating it at Panera and then realizing it was “out of season” there.  For the dressing,  I purchase a creamy poppyseed dressing–to it I add some of the pineapple juice out of the can of pineapple tidbits.  I include pineapple along with the other fruit, etc.  I wanted to ask if anyone is aware of a really good french garlic salad dressing–we used to purchase it from Brown Jug, a restaurant that was in our community–they served it with their salads but also sold it to customers.   Since it went out of busn., no one seems able to locate recipe.  It was a thick dark orangeish red dressing with a chutney that seemed heavy on garlic and some onion.  Any ideas?  Tyvm

  17. Edith

    This was a beautiful, delicious hit for our 4th of July, family dinner yesterday!  I had to make a couple of changes.  I left out the chicken.  Then had to use regular mustard and feta cheese because I didn’t have te other’s in hand.  Finally, I added a bit of butter to the pecan – sugaring process to make the sugar stay.  It was a success!
         Will add chicken this evening for a yummy, summer salad!!  
          THANK YOU!!!

  18. Tammy Henry

    Love this salad. I added just a touch of cayenne pepper to the pecans …. gives it a little kick! 

  19. Stephanie

    This salad is absolutely delicious!!! I used agave and honey instead of the sugar in the dressing. I also used grape seed oil instead of olive oil. I did not candy my own pecans either… Trader Joe’s sweetened pecans were perfect. Mandarin oranges are so bland, I used a could Cuties instead. Can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow.

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