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
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 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 milk
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 112 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch


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

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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."

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."

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

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

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

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

Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"healthy and so simple, easy to make."

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