Kool Poppy Seed Summer Salad

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Linda Franklin
from Roanoke, VA

When it is 100 degrees in the shade, who wants to cook? But everyone needs dinner; this is quick, easy and tastes like a gourmet salad from a ***** star eatery!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We love, love, love this salad. The dressing is the real star here, with an awesomely delicious flavor. Linda calls for canned chicken in her recipe, but we like using leftover rotisserie chicken instead. Either way is terrific!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 3-4 generous dinner portions
prep time 45 Min
method No-Cook or Other


  •   2/3 c
    olive oil
  •   1/2 c
  •   2 Tbsp
    poppy seeds
  •   1 Tbsp
    honey mustard
  •   1 tsp
  •   1/3 c
    lemon juice, fresh
  •   1 large
    head romaine lettuce, chopped
  •   1 c
    each sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges
  •   1/4 c
    chopped red onion
  •   1 c
    chopped walnuts
  •   1 can(s)
    white chicken breast (swansons)
  •   1 large
    english cucumber sliced thin
  •   2 c
    shredded swiss cheese

How To Make

  • 1
    Layer lettuce, chicken, strawberries, oranges, cucumbers, nuts, then red onion unto 3-4 serving plates. Set aside. Mix and shake oil, lemon juice, mustard, sugar, salt and poppy seeds. Drizzle on each salad to taste. Top with shredded Swiss Cheese.
  • 2
    Serve with crusty Italian Bread; be sure you have enough to dip in the remaining dressing/just cannot resist!