Strawberry Harvest Salad

Strawberry Harvest Salad tastes just like the salad at Zupa’s! It’s topped with a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.

If you want the full Zupa’s experience when you eat this salad, make sure to pair it with a soup, a roll, and finish it off with a chocolate covered strawberry. 😉

Strawberry Harvest Salad {Zupa's Copycat} served in a blue bowl

a Zupa’s Copycat Recipe

I love to try out new salad recipes and especially love it when they have a house dressing to go with it. I do like my ranch and Caesar dressings, but I LOVE a custom dressing that’s made especially for a salad, just like today’s creation.

This recipe is inspired by the Strawberry Harvest Salad at Zupa’s.

Have you ever been there? It’s similar to a Panera or Paradise Bakery and has soups, salads and sandwiches. They have some great options, but my favorite salad is this one.

The last time I ordered it, I decided I had to attempt a copycat recipe. Even if you’ve never had this salad at Zupa’s, it’s definitely a good one to try. It has so many wonderful flavors and is simple to make!

Salad in dish for Strawberry Harvest Salad copycat recipe.

Ingredient Tips and Variations

Candied Pecans: You can buy candied pecans or you can make your own. You’ll need ¾ c roughly chopped pecans, 1 ½ tbsp brown sugar and ½ tbsp butter.  Use a small non stick cooking pan.

Over medium heat add all the ingredients. Stir constantly until the sugar and butter melt together. Continue stirring as it caramelizes; about 2-3 more minutes. Pour pecans, in a single layer, to a plate to cool. You can also check out our candied pecans recipe.


  • Use tart or sweet apples depending on your preference.
  • Add different berries such as blueberries or raspberries
  • Add poppy seeds to the dressing
  • Use sliced pears along with or instead of apples. 
  • Try walnuts, cashews or sliced almonds
  • Use feta, blue cheese or a goat cheese
Fresh strawberries in a white bowl image.

fresh strawberries

Making a fresh strawberry harvest salad requires the best berries. Once you have the strawberries you’ll want to properly wash and cut them.

  • Choosing the best strawberries: Strawberries stop ripening once they have been picked so it is important to find perfectly ripe berries to use. Look for berries that are red from tip to stem. The more white there is at the top, the less ripe they are. Fresh berries also have a sweet aroma. Over ripe berries will start taking on a musty odor, become darker in color and develop soft mushy spots. 
  • Rinse: Hull the berries by first removing the green leaves. In a large bowl add 3 cups of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak the berries for about 5 minutes. Drain and thoroughly rinse them with water. Arrange them in a single layer on a kitchen towel to dry. You can also use a kitchen or paper towel to pat them dry. 
  • Cut: I have a really handy strawberry slicer. All you have to do is place the whole berry into the device and cut. It will make evenly sliced berries every time. Thankfully, you can also use a paring knife to cut even slices from stem to tip.
Strawberry dressing for strawberry harvest dressing.

the Dressing

One of the best parts about the salad is the dressing! This Strawberry Vinaigrette is AMAZING!! It takes just a few minutes to make and is delicious too!! 😀

It’s literally made of 5 ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

And you just throw all of it into a blender. Simple! This dressing is the perfect compliment for strawberry harvest salad.

Dressing can be STORED in  an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. For more information, check out our post all about our strawberry vinaigrette.

Strawberry salad served in a blue bowl.

Serving and Storing

You can assemble the salad a day ahead of time, but don’t add the dressing until you’re ready to serve it. You may also want to wait to slice the strawberries so they don’t get mushy. Store the salad, covered, in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Cover and store leftovers in the fridge.  It won’t keep for very long so you’ll want to finish it as soon as possible.

Pair it with Soup or a Sandwich:

For more delicious salad recipes, try:

Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Strawberry Harvest Salad tastes just like the salad at Zupa's! It's topped with a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 339 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna



  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 large chicken breasts seasoned to taste, cooked and sliced
  • 1 apple thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup candied pecans
  • sliced strawberries for topping

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup strawberries tops cut off
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Place romaine in a salad bowl and top with chicken, apple slices, craisins, mozzarella, candied pecans and sliced strawberries.
  • To make the vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add dressing to salad right before serving.



Make Ahead: Do not add the dressing until you are ready to serve it. You may also want to wait to slice and add the strawberries, so they do not get mushy. The rest of the salad can be assembled ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
Candied Pecans: You can buy candied pecans, or you can make your own. To make them, set a small nonstick cooking pan over medium heat and add ¾ cup chopped pecans, 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar and ½ tablespoon butter. Stir constantly until the sugar and butter melt together. Continue stirring as it caramelizes; 2–3 more minutes. Spread pecans in a single layer on a plate to cool.

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