Lemon Poppy Seed Salad

Lemon Poppyseed Chicken Salad

Lemon Poppy Seed Salad:

Who here loves a good salad? I’ve been slightly obsessed over the years, and I especially love trying a good salad at home or at a restaurant that comes with a delicious homemade dressing to go with it. Ranch and Thousand Islands 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 trying 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 to go with it, but it’s full of flavor and yummy ingredients. The salad includes chicken, craisins and sunflower seeds. The combination is amazing and we’ve made this a few times in the last month for family functions. It can be made without the chicken too, but the poultry makes it more hearty – perfect for a meal.

Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing in jar

This dressing would be great on a myriad of salads!!

Lemon Poppyseed Chicken Salad in white bowl

NOTE: There is salad kit at Costco that comes with salad mix, craisins and sunflower seeds. We just use our own dressing and add the chicken. 😉

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 Chicken Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Delicious Lemon Poppyseed Chicken Salad - takes minutes to throw together and is perfect for any meal or event!
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!

Recipe Video

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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