Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

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My family really enjoys this refreshing salad. If strawberries aren’t available, you can substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn (about 8 cups)
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  1. Place sugar in a small heavy skillet; cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted and caramel colored, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds until coated. Spread on foil to cool. Break into pieces.
  2. Place romaine, onion and strawberries in a large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients; toss with salad. Sprinkle with candied almonds. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Strawberry Romaine Salad in Country Extra March 2009, p49

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jinlorenza User ID: 6641107 248951
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"This salad was delicious! Very sweet. I used stevia instead of sugar for the almonds (with a halved recipe), and it turned out great!"

2015Angel User ID: 8616161 246428
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"I am one of those people who follow the recipe as is. This salad was a hit at Easter dinner and not hard to prep ahead and then throw together after church and before dinner. The sugared almonds added just the right crunch."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3282478 240342
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"This salad is delicious! My wife and I love it with grilled or sauteed chicken breast added to make it a full meal. Be patient when melting the sugar for the takes longer than stated in the recipe for me but it will eventually melt and is well worth the wait as the sweet crunchy clusters are the perfect compliment to the salad."

Blarney1 User ID: 1971265 229523
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"I've been making this recipe for years! This is a keeper!"

icunrse User ID: 6357713 228976
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Tastes like summer in a bowl! It's so good!"

nhessaramrarim User ID: 8383184 226649
Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"healthy and so simple, easy to make."

chefheidi18 User ID: 8210724 224652
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"It was really good. My husband even liked it. I just bought poppy seed dressing."

fiveforhim User ID: 3010759 224385
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"I really like this recipe. My husband is diabetic, so I don't use the sugar. We like the almonds sprinkled on the salad without the additional sweetness."

price0909 User ID: 7851917 224066
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"Very good recipe and very easy to make. My husband didn't think he was going to like it but loved it. Great summer salad and perfect dressing to go with it."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 222508
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"This was a delicious salad. Similar to a few other reviewers, I just used the almonds as is, and didn't add any additional sugar. I'm sure it would be delicious, but combined with the sweetness of the strawberries I thought it might be too much. Absolutely wonderful dressing. I didn't change a thing there."

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