Chicken Poppy Seed Salad Recipe
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Chicken Poppy Seed Salad Recipe

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Juicy berries, crisp sugar snap peas and crunchy pecans complement the lime-marinated chicken in this pretty salad. The homemade sweet-sour dressing is simply delicious. —Rebekah Radewahn, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. +marinating Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. +marinating Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons thawed limeade concentrate
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • SALAD:
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 479 calories, 35 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 167 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine limeade concentrate and pepper; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil until no longer pink.
  3. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, onion, mustard and salt. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds.
  4. Divide spinach among four salad plates; top with strawberries, peas, onion and chicken. Drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons dressing; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate leftover dressing. Yield: 4 servings plus 1 cup leftover dressing.
Originally published as Poppy Seed Chicken Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2010, p53

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 479 calories, 35 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 167 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein.

This recipe pairs well with a light white wine.

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Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

By far my favorite recipe from TOH! There was a lot of extra dressing which I will gladly use on any salad. The chicken came out great, I marinated over night since I have little time to prepare dinner in the evenings.

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

I used a citrus poppyseed dressing. I've found both Lime and strawberry poppyseed dressing, which are wonderful on this salad.

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

This came out delicious. I grilled the chicken and cut the dressing recipe in half and served at a BBQ and this was a hit!

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Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

Oboy, is this ever good!

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

FAB! Grilled the chicken instead of frying, the chicken had wonderful flavor. The dressing was great! Will use the dressing not only for this recipe. I did it in a large bowl doubled the greens. This recipe will make quite a bit of dressing.

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