Yield: 6 servings

Strawberry Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

This copycat Panera Strawberry Pecan Salad is loaded with fresh berries and candied pecans. Tossed with a sweet homemade lemon poppy seed dressing, it's the perfect fresh salad warm summer days!


For the Salad:

  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounce package Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 8 ounce fresh strawberries, halved
  • 4 ounce fresh blueberries
  • 2 ounce goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced (cut into small pieces)
  • 15 ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon 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!


  • Make the dressing ahead of time. Mix all the ingredients together and store it in a mason jar in the fridge. When the salad is ready, the dressing will be perfectly chilled and ready to drizzle over your Strawberry Pecan Salad.
  • Side dish or main course.To serve this salad as a side dish for your main course, simply omit the chicken. Adding the chicken turns it into a complete meal!
  • Make it less sweet. Use unsweetened toasted pecans instead of candied nuts if you prefer a salad with less sweetness. You could also reduce the amount of sugar in the dressing to suit your taste.
  • Lettuce- Swap out the romaine and use spinach instead! Spinach salad is a great way to get extra vitamins. You can also do ½ and ½ with the spinach and romaine.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 556Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 5gSugar: 28gProtein: 18g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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