The Best Strawberry & Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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I never thought I was a fruit + chicken + salad person until I tried this salad dressing at my friend Caroline’s house. I actually can’t remember if she served chicken with the strawberry + spinach salad but I DO remember how good this dressing was and I demanded the recipe the next day.

I’ve shared this on Instagram but I wanted to have an easy place to reference it for the future!

Caroline’s Poppyseed Dressing // makes approx. 1/2 cup of dressing (which breaks down to enough dressing for 3 salads)

1/4 cup mayo

1/4 cup sugar (I usually do a scant 1/4 cup here but the more sugar you use the sweeter it is)

1 tablespoon White Wine Vinegar

1/8 cup milk

Poppyseeds to taste (I typically shake in about 1-2 teaspoons)

Mix ingredients in a jar or container, shake well, and store in the refrigerator.

For the salad, I like to use a 50/50 mix of a variety of greens and spinach. I’ll add rotisserie or grilled chicken, sliced strawberries, and toasted pecans. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!

This salad is really filling and I absolutely love to make it for a quick and easy lunch during the week. A few folks have suggested adding feta cheese to the salad, which could be delicious.

You could add apples or blueberries into the mix if you love fruit!

P.S. If you’re looking for another delish salad, this Lemon Pepper Panko Chicken Salad is divine!


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Lisa says · 07.23.23

Delicious! Can you use regular white vinegar in lieu?