Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

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Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

This Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe is topped with fresh fruit, nuts, and a homemade creamy Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing.  Bring on summer with this perfect Summer Salad.

I’ve professed my love for Panera Bread here before.  I’ve sworn for years that the put something in their food that keeps me going back for more and more.  I love their sandwiches, bagels, soups, oatmeal, and especially their salads.  Every spring and summer I look forward to their Strawberry Poppyseed Salad.  It’s pure summer on a plate.

Since I’ve been eating at home more, I’ve been trying to make some of my favorite restaurant goodies at home including my favorite Panera goodies.  I’ve tried my hand at their Copycat Panera Strawberry Caprese Salad and Poppyseed Dressing but today I’m taking on the classic salad of summer.  This Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home and will be one you will want to eat over and over this season!

Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe

What makes this salad special?  It’s the perfect mixture of fruit including those fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple chunks, and sweet mandarin oranges.  It’s finished off with chopped pecans and a dreamy Poppyseed Dressing. You could use my favorite bottled kind OR skip the sugar and my Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Salad Dressing which is sweetened with honey instead of regular sugar.  This is the perfect Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe!

Of course, Panera’s as chicken on their version.  I don’t eat chicken, so I left it off, but feel free to add your favorite protein on top.

Is Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad healthy?

Yes! The Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad is super healthy.  It’s actually one of the healthiest options on the menu with only 340 calories.  The greens and fruit have lots of vitamins and superfoods.

My version is just as healthy with extra nutrients from a homemade Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing.

Ingredients in the Healthy Salad

So what’s in this healthy salad?

  • Romaine Lettuce: Crunchy romaine pairs perfectly with the fruit in this healthy salad. You can also use a darker green like spinach or baby kale.
  • Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are perfect for this salad.  Look for ripe ones in spring and summer.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries are the perfect superfood for this summer salad.
  • Pineapple: Pineapple adds a bit of a tropical touch.  Buy a whole pineapple or pre-chopped pineapple in the produce department of the grocery store.
  • Mandarin Oranges: The rest of the fruit is fresh but Panera uses canned mandarin oranges!  The flavor is tasty and delicious.
  • Pecans: Crunchy pecans add just enough texture to the salad.
  • Poppyseed Dressing: Use your favorite bottled dressing or try making my homemade version.

All these ingredients are easy to find in the spring and summer making this a perfect summer salad.

How to Make the Copycat Panera Salad at Home…

  1. Chop the lettuce, strawberries, and pineapple.
  2. Plate the lettuce and top it with the fruit and pecans.
  3. Drizzle with the poppyseed dressing.



Panera’s version has chicken which you can add.  Use your favorite rotisserie chicken to have a simple dinner without turning on the oven.  Grilled chicken or pre-packaged cooked chicken can also work.

Goat cheese or feta cheese would also be delicious on this healthy salad.

You could also mix up the fruit with whatever is fresh and seasonal.

How many calories are in a Panera Strawberry Poppyseed salad?

Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed Salad has only 340 calories and my version has 230 calories.  Both are delicious and a great light lunch.

I like to serve mine with a veggie sandwich.

This satisfying salad is downright addictive even at home.  I hope you will give my Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe a try.


If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment and a star rating ★ below. Make sure to follow me on InstagramPinterest, and Facebook too!


Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad recipe

This Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe is topped with fresh fruit, nuts and a homemade creamy Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 237 kcal


  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing, recipe link in notes


  • Divide the romaine on two plates. Top with the fruit and nuts.
  • Drizzle with the homemade Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing.
  • Serve immediately.


This salad tastes just like Panera's but the dressing is made without sugar!
Use my recipe for Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Salad Dressing.


Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 199mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 8553IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad recipe
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By | 2020-07-24T11:50:48-04:00 July 27th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Food, Salads|18 Comments


  1. […] Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad […]

  2. Jen | Jen's Food Lab August 4, 2020 at 12:03 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Ahh I haven’t had salad in so long! I think this is an awesome combinations of flavors and ingredients that all look like they go so well together.

  3. Lathiya August 3, 2020 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This salad looks really hearty and delicioua. I just loved the poppy seeds yogurt dressing. Will give a try..

  4. sapana August 3, 2020 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Wow that strawbbery salad looks so so refreshing and with yogurt poppyed dressing it sounds even more delicious.

  5. Beth August 2, 2020 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Mmm, I can just imagine the wonderful tart flavors from the yogurt poppyseed dressing, mandarin oranges and other flavors in this tasty salad. I’ve only ever eaten at Panera once, but I’m sure this is much better than theirs!

  6. Gail Montero August 2, 2020 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    If salads are as gorgeous as this strawberry poppyseed salad, it would be gone in seconds! Love how tasty and beautifully this salad presents!

  7. Sarah James August 2, 2020 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I haven’t come across Panera Strawberry Salad before but I love the idea of fruits and nuts in a salad and the poppyseed dressing sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Alexis August 2, 2020 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This is my favorite salad at Panera, I’m so excited to have found a copycat recipe. Thank you!

  9. Marta August 2, 2020 at 11:40 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve never had the Panera version, but I’m pretty sure I won’t ever need to now that I’ve tasted yours. I can’t pick my favorite element of the salad, but it’s a strong tie between the fresh fruit and the poppy seed dressing.

  10. Ramona August 2, 2020 at 10:34 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Wow, this is such a great nutritious and so colourful combination of fruits in this salad. Definitely will be making this over and over again. Scrumptious and truly refreshing indeed.

  11. Kushigalu August 2, 2020 at 9:49 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Colorful and healthy salad to try. Love the combination. Thanks for sharing

  12. Stine Mari August 1, 2020 at 1:44 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I absolutely love how fruity this salad is. Fruits in salads create a beautiful balance – especially with the Greek yogurt poppyseed dressing!

  13. Maria July 30, 2020 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love this salad at Panera so it’s so nice to have a similar recipe to make it at home! And I especially love the Greek yogurt poppyseed dressing. Such a lovely complement!

  14. Taleen | Just As Tasty July 29, 2020 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love Panera but have somehow never tried this recipe. Clearly I’ve been missing out! It looks so fresh and delicious, can’t wait to make this at home.

  15. Angela July 28, 2020 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This is such a fantastic salad! It really does taste like the one from Panera, but better because it is so fresh!!

  16. Sarah July 27, 2020 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This is a great copycat recipe. I love the poppyseed dressing so much. Can’t wait to make this again!

  17. Leslie July 27, 2020 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I LOVE Panera Bread too! I hold all things Panera to a pretty high standard but Your salad looks amazing!

  18. Deborah Brooks July 27, 2020 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I have not had the panera one bc as you say, it has chicken. Your looks even better!

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