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

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My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, 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

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 110 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  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.
  2. Place romaine, onion and strawberries in a large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients; toss with salad. Break candied almonds into pieces; sprinkle over salad. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.
Health Tip: Turn this potluck salad into something heartier. Grill 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, slice and add to the salad for 10 main dish servings.
Originally published as Strawberry Romaine Salad in Country Extra March 2009, p49

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 255724
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"Refreshing salad. I made along side salmon and rice. I left off the candied almonds because of family preferences (sigh)."

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."

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