Recipe: Copycat Panera® Strawberry Chicken Salad

If you're a fan of Panera®'s Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, you're going to LOVE our healthy version! We pile spring mix high with grilled chicken, strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, sliced almonds and our skinny strawberry poppy seed dressing for a healthy and filling salad. Now that you know how to make your own Panera® salad, you can make it for cheap whenever you want!



Pro tip: If the calorie count seems a little high for you, ditch the dressing (even though it's delicious). The salad alone with no dressing comes in at only 291 calories, 7 grams of fat, 32 carbs and 4 SmartPoints. Click here for the Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing recipe, complete with nutrition facts!


Copycat Panera Strawberry Chicken Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 14-16 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving size: ¼ of recipe + 3 tablespoons dressing



1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)

salt, to taste

black pepper, to taste

1 (1-pound) container spring mix (about 10 cups)

2 cups sliced strawberries (about half a quart)

1 cup blueberries

1 cup canned pineapple wedges in 100% juice

1 cup canned no-sugar-added mandarin oranges

¼ cup slivered almonds

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2 cups chopped strawberries

½ cup white balsamic vinegar (or regular, but the dressing will be darker)

¼ cup canola oil

1 tablespoon stevia (or your favorite no-calorie sweetener)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

⅛ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon poppy seeds


    Preheat a grill pan or indoor grill to medium heat. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.

    Coat the grill pan with nonstick cooking spray, and grill the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165° F. Remove from the heat and let rest before slicing diagonally in thin strips.

    To assemble the salad, gently toss all of the ingredients together and serve the sliced chicken on top.

    To make the dressing: Combine all of the dressing ingredients except the poppy seeds together in a high-speed blender or food processor and mix until smooth.

    Stir in the poppy seeds and transfer to an airtight bottle or container with a lid (like a mason jar) and store in the refrigerator.

    Drizzle ½ cup of the dressing on the salad and toss to combine.

    If you choose to plate the salads individually, each serving yields about 2½-3 cups of spring mix, 4 ounces of chicken, ½ cup of strawberries, ¼ cup of blueberries, ¼ cup of pineapple, ¼ cup of mandarin oranges, 1 tablespoon of almonds, and 2 tablespoons of dressing.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: ¼ of recipe + 3 tablespoons dressing

Calories: 501

Calories from fat: 192

Fat: 22g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Cholesterol: 65mg

Sodium: 408mg

Carbohydrates: 49g

Fiber: 7g

Sugar: 22g

Protein: 28g

SmartPoints: 10

The nutrition content of recipes on has been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.

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