Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe

Apr 29, 2013

Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe

This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!



Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad


Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!


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Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!


It doesn't get much better than springtime in Minnesota.

There's something about the bird's chirping, rhubarb popping out of the ground, flowers, green grass and a warm breeze after a long winter.

All of these things make me think of picnics and BBQ's and today's recipe is absolutely perfect for both!

It's also a great timesaving recipe for those busy days when you don't have alot of time to throw something together.

I'm a huge fan of buying rotisserie chickens at Sam's Club, or my local grocery store, as I'm sure most of you are!

They make a great dinner on the fly, or bring them home and save the chicken for future meals! I usually grab two and use one for each.

We love making chicken salad sandwiches, putting the chicken on caesar salads or making casseroles.

My daughter is super picky, and she always devours rotisserie chicken, so it's defintely a win for dinner at our house!

This Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad is always a hit. We just love the sweet and savory flavor combo and not to mention, it's packed full of delicious vegetables.

It's a salad that holds up well, because the veggies are so crunchy. We love taking it to potlucks, picnics and even serve it as a side with some grilled chicken, pork or beef.

When you use the leftover rotisserie chicken, it takes minutes to chop a few veggies, dump the pre-made broccoli slaw and shredded carrots in a bowl and toss.

Anyone can throw this recipe together, even the kiddos!


Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!


What is in Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad?


  • Bell pepper: The bell pepper comes in different colors including red, yellow, orange, green, white, and purple. Red peppers have the most nutrition, because they've been on the vine longest. Green peppers are harvested earlier, before they have a chance to turn yellow, orange, and then red. Red bell peppers have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green.
  • Carrots: Packed with vitamin a and fiber, carrots are a favorite vegetable at our house. I only buy regular carrots because the flavor is SO much better than the pre cut baby carrots.
  • Sunflower seed kernels: The sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower. Most people call the kernels “seeds.” Sunflower kernels are encased in black and white, pin-striped hulls and they are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin E. 



Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!


Looking for more summer salad ideas? Try these:





This recipe is ready in these steps:


  • Combine all ingredients except dressing and sunflower seeds in a bowl
  • Add dressing, toss to coat
  • Sprinkle with sunflower seeds 
  • Refrigerate until serving



Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!


You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:

  • sliced green onion
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • diced turkey
  • blueberries
  • red, yellow or orange bell pepper
  • pepitas
  • diced ham
  • vinaigrette dressing
  • coleslaw mix
  • strawberries
  • cooked crumbled bacon




Or some great recipes using chicken breast:




What readers are saying about this recipe:


  • Beth: So good! The longer it sits the better it gets!
  • Rachael: The sunflower seeds MAKE this. Also really good to throw in a wrap with a little sharp cheddar cheese. Wish I'd put more chicken.
  • Dahnielle: This was easy and turned out great. I made it for a school lunch and it’s perfect.



Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!


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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!


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Yield: 6 servings
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Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad

ingredients:

instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except dressing and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Add dressing, toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Refrigerate until serving.
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Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This easy spring and summer salad is delicious, and perfect for any picnic, barbecue or lunch! Also great with turkey or ham if you're looking for ideas to use holiday leftovers!

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13 comments:

  1. oh wow...that looks mighty deliscous, perfect for a summer bbq. thanks for sharing. Stopping by from the All My Bloggy Friends Blog Hop

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  2. Thanks for sharing this one. Love the broccoli slaw. This would be good when it finally gets warmer. I'm waiting. So is my garden.

    Have a great day,
    Linda
    thecontessa@tumbleweedcontessa.com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda! I think after making this recipe, broccoli slaw is a new favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. This sounds fantastic. Love the mix of flavors in the salad. Sounds perfect for a potluck or BBQ.

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  4. I'm not a big salad lover, but you dress it up with all these yummy ingredients and I'll have seconds! Looks amazing. What a great summertime dish. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

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    1. Thanks so much, Marsha!! Love linking up with you ladies every week :)

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  5. Sounds like a great addition to a potluck! Thanks for linking up at the Tried and True Party! http://rediscovermom.blogspot.com/2013/05/tried-and-true-recipes-11.html

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  6. Sheena - this yummy salad is my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck today. C'mon over and grab your featured button....and enjoy a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. Thanks SO much for the feature, Marsha! I appreciate it! :)

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