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Poppyseed Chicken Salad

This POPPYSEED CHICKEN SALAD is the perfect combination of savory goodness from the chicken with pops of sweetness from the poppyseed dressing and fresh fruits. Take it to a family gathering, share it with your co-workers, or make it ahead for some easy meal prep sandwiches. It is sure to satisfy everyone’s palate.

Poppyseed Chicken Salad Sandwich on a croissant with kettle chips and fruit


This is SUPER easy! Mix and assemble. That’s it!

WHISK– combine mayo, sugar, vinegar and poppyseeds in a medium bowl to make the dressing

MIX– shredded chicken. relish and dressing together

ADDblueberries, strawberries and apples

GARNISH– add a little green onion or chopped pecans if you so desire

Poppyseed Chicken Salad diced fruit


SHREDDED CHICKEN: my favorite chicken to use is this Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken but boiled, baked, rotisserie, or canned chicken can be used as well.





APPLE- any type of apple may be used. I tend to stick to more sweeter ones like fuji or gala but Granny Smith would add some delicious tartness.


MAYO- any brand of mayo would taste good

WHITE WINE VINEGAR- this type of vinegar gives a delicious balance of zip to bring all the flavors together. Other types such as balsamic or distilled white vinegar could be substituted with a little different flavor outcome.



Bowl of ingredients for Poppyseed Chicken Salad


FRUIT– many different fruits would taste good with the poppyseed dressing such as mandarine oranges or pineapple

NUTS– add some walnuts, pecans, or almonds for some added crunch

RELISH– zucchini relish could replace sweet pickle relish for some added zip

CHICKEN– rotisserie or canned chicken could be used to make it even quicker. I like to make a big batch of Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and portion it out and freeze it so it’s always on hand for recipes such as this.

Poppyseed Chicken Salad on a plate with chips and fruit


I am always looking for ideas to save money or time. Here are a couple of ways this could help you if this recipe is out of budget or you are on a time crunch:

  • use canned chicken instead of fresh
  • eliminate fruit or use what you have on hand
  • meal prep- lasts up to 5 days in the refrigerator


If you’re looking to cut a few calories, try using light mayo instead of regular. Also, use chicken breasts instead of thighs. Both options taste equally delicious.

Poppyseed Chicken Salad Sandwich on a croissant

This Poppyseed Chicken Salad recipe is sure to become a favorite in your home with refreshing ingredients for you to enjoy all year round.

Poppyseed Chicken Salad Sandwich on a croissant with kettle chips and fruit

Poppyseed Chicken Salad

POPPYSEED CHICKEN SALAD is a mix of savory goodness from the chicken combined with the sweetness from the poppyseed dressing and fresh fruits. This recipe is perfect for potlucks, meal prepping, or to enjoy as a delicious snack.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 158 kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp poppyseeds
  • 2 cups shredded chicken cooked
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 3 strawberries diced
  • 1/2 small apple diced


  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together mayo, vinegar, sugar and poppyseeds until well blended and creamy.
  • Add chicken, pickle relish, blueberries, strawberries and apple until combined.
  • Serve on bread, croissant, or on a bed of lettuce.


Calories: 158kcal
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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