Poppy Seed Tossed Salad Recipe
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Poppy Seed Tossed Salad Recipe

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So many people seek out this salad at get-togethers, I always have a couple giant bowls waiting. A guest who said she didn't like salads tried this one and ended up taking the leftovers home. I rank it in the top 10 of the best recipes I've collected.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 26 servings


  • 1 package (3 ounces) ramen noodles
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 141 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Crush ramen noodles; discard seasoning packet. In a large salad bowl, toss the greens, lettuce, noodles, oranges and almonds; set aside.
  2. For dressing, in a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, onion, salt and mustard; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. Serve with salad. Yield: 26 servings (1-3/4 cups dressing).
Originally published as Poppy Seed Tossed Salad in Country Woman July/August 2004, p29

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coconutqueen User ID: 7775598 85182
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Wonderful salad, but it's the DRESSING that makes it special. Everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe. The best salad dressing I've ever had."

braund6101 User ID: 1588974 142802
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"Oh my gosh, this salad is so good, plus it's easy to make. I've made it for 3 different occassions within the past 2 months and so many people have commented how good it was and asked for the recipe. It's definitely a keeper for life!"

vwgirl9 User ID: 6542372 206287
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"Large quantity so I made the full dressing and half salad."

melonirose User ID: 2848202 136016
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"easy to make and tastes wonderful. I used red onions so mine came out pink."

Beatriz Adriana User ID: 4783901 136015
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"The first time I tried this salad was at church and asked for the recipe, and told me it was in taste of home website and founded it! It's really, really good! I'm not a big salad eater and this one it's my favorite. Thank you for a great recipe!"

SherryRoss User ID: 2608412 112067
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2009

"I make a smaller salad for 8 servings, I omit the iceberg lettuce and se only 1 package of spring mix salad greens. I also have added cut up chicken fora main dish salad. Use only the amount of dressing you like and put the rest ina container for later use."

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