Lemon Poppy Seed Salad

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A delicious salad with tomatoes, chicken, craisins, sunflower seeds and a delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. The dressing only requires 4 ingredients and takes minutes to make!

lemon poppy seed dressing on chicken salad

every salad needs a perfect dressing

Who here loves a good salad? I especially love trying a salad that comes with a delicious dressing to go with it. Ranch and Thousand Island dressings are always good to have on hand, but nothing beats a homemade dressing that is custom to the salad you are having.

All of my favorite salads from restaurants have special dressings to go with them, including the Luau Salad from Cheesecake Factory, the Oriental Salad from Applebee’s, and the Thai Crunch Salad from California Pizza Kitchen (seriously – they are all amazing and highly recommend you try them if you haven’t yet).

Today’s recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Salad is a new favorite because it not only has a delicious lemon poppy seed dressing, but it’s full of flavor and yummy ingredients—including chicken, craisins and sunflower seeds. It can be made without the chicken too, but the poultry makes it more hearty—perfect for a meal.

Only 4 Ingredients in this dressing!

This Lemon Poppy Seed dressing would go great with a myriad of salads, and it’s easy to have on hand because it only takes 4 simple ingredients!

  • Mayo
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar
  • Poppy Seeds

All you have to do is whisk the four ingredients together, and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve with the salad. You can keep it in the fridge up to 10 days, stored in an airtight container.

Dressing Substitutions and adjustments:

  • Mayo: Use Light mayo
  • Sugar: use swerve or honey. You can also cut the amount of sugar in half, and then add more to your taste.
  • Lemon Juice: you can decide whether you want to use freshly squeezed lemon juice, or the store-bought refrigerated kind.

Choose your own salad mix

There is salad kit at Costco that comes with salad mix, craisins and sunflower seeds. We just use our own dressing and add the tomatoes and chicken. 😉 Of course, you can always make your salad fresh from the same produce, and chop it all yourself. Regardless of what salad you use, the dressing will taste phenomenal with it!

Change up the salad ingredients: Use a coleslaw cabbage mix, spinach with strawberries and almonds, or even a tropical salad made of pineapple, oranges, coconut, and apples.

If you love salads as much as we do, then I suggest giving this one a try. The poppyseed dressing is amazing and takes just minutes to put together!

For more great salads, check out:

lemon poppy seed dressing on chicken salad

Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote

A delicious salad with tomatoes, chicken, craisins, sunflower seeds and a delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. The dressing only requires 4 ingredients and takes minutes to make!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 427 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 3 cups salad mix chopped
  • 2-3 chicken breasts cooked and sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds


  1. Add chopped salad, craisins and sunflower seeds to a large bowl and mix.

  2. Make dressing by whisking together mayo, sugar, lemon juice and poppy seeds (refrigerate until ready to serve).
  3. Right before serving add chicken pieces and dressing and toss to coat. ENJOY!

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Lemon Poppyseed Chicken Salad - a delicious chopped salad with tomatoes, craisins and sunflower seeds and topped with a delicious homemade lemon poppyseed dressing.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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