Happy Wednesday Friends! Do you love Panera as much as I do? Unfortunately the closest one to me is almost an hour drive. After I fell in love with their Strawberry Poppy Seed and Chicken Salad and started having cravings, I came up with this copycat recipe. It is so healthy and refreshing and not only easy to make but cheaper!
Here's what I used:
2 cups chopped lettuce ~~ I used my favorite Ruby Red, but Panera uses Romaine.
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 mandarin orange
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup grilled or roasted chicken ~~ Left over or rotisserie chicken is perfect.
1/4 cup pecans ~~ optional
Poppy seed vinaigrette
Mix all ingredients in cruet & shake:
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Alessi white balsamic pear infused vinegar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp sugar or honey
*For a slight minty flavor and added tasty antioxidants try adding 1/2 tsp dried mint or one finely chopped fresh sprig!
Here are some other salads you may enjoy:
Black Bean Taco Salad
Secret Garden Greek Salad
What's your favorite summer salad? Share the love and come again soon!
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