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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
Nutrition 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 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • dmkinsey
    Jun 12, 2020

    Made this for dinner last night, and we really liked it. My husband went back for seconds! This is such a great salad to make for dinner on a hot day.

  • Remenec
    Jun 5, 2020

    What an amazing recipe for spring! I made it for a family party and it was a hit! This salad is so fresh and flavorful and the ingredients all tie in nicely with one another.

  • Linda
    Mar 27, 2020

    I have been making this exact recipe for many years. I got it from my original Taste of Home magazine. It is always a favorite , everywhere I go! The perfect combination of flavors and textures, and pretty, too. Don't change a thing!

  • lollygagtx
    Jul 3, 2019

    But we double the dressing!

  • danielleylee
    Jul 27, 2018

    We made this at work for a function and everyone really loved this salad. Perfect to enjoy fresh strawberries from the local market.

  • gunslinger
    May 22, 2018

    This salad is worthy of more than 5 stars! The dressing is so delicious and the lettuce, strawberry , onion mixture is very pretty and tasty. The caramel almonds on top are a little trouble but well worth the effort. This would be great for a ladies luncheon!

  • knollbrookcook
    Apr 22, 2018

    Great salad. The dressing was delicious. Made it just as it says and I will be making this again for sure.

  • caglaser
    Dec 24, 2017

    Family loves this one!

  • justmbeth
    Oct 21, 2016

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

  • jinlorenza
    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!