Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

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Im pretty sure its an unwritten rule that all southern women should like front porches and sweet tea, and Im certainly no exception. Jeremy had already broken ground on the new house when he and I started dating. When we began getting serious, he asked for my opinion on a few things. His original plan called for four Corinthian columns that spanned the main floor to the roof; I told him I had always dreamed of having a double porch, and he did away with the floor to roof columns he had planned to create the upstairs porch. It created a spectacular view of the pond and the red barn, and extends our living space from the kitchen and dining room when the weather permits. When warmer weather arrives, its the perfect place to sit and watch the traffic go by while sipping some sweet tea or have a family meal. This past Sunday I decided to whip up some sandwiches to go with our tea. What flavor pairs perfectly with tea? Personally, I love lemon. This Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Salad paired perfectly with our Pure LeafIced Tea.

lemon poppy seed chicken salad

Various versions of chicken salad are a staple in our household, but they all seem the same after a while. This Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Salad definitely stands out in a crowd; it isnt boring. The addition of lemon zest, lemon juice, and poppy seeds to the salad dressing gives it lots of flavor.

chicken salad

chicken salad

chicken salad

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Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
Recipe type: Entree
The zest of lemon and the bite of poppy seeds gives this chicken salad a little wow factor.
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • ¼ cup whipped dressing
  • 1 cup tart variety apple, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ½ cup celery, finely diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix lemon zest, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and whipped dressing in a large bowl.
  2. Coat diced apple in a tablespoon of lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. Fold in chicken, apple, and celery.
  4. Sprinkle on poppy seeds, and mix them in.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. *Depending on type of chicken used, you may need to fold in another tablespoon or two of salad dressing.
  7. *1/4 cup slivered almonds for added crunch
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

lemon chicken salad

We used croissants to eat our Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, but it would also be tasty on a sweet bun or toast. The Pure LeafIced Tea complemented our Sunday lunch perfectly.

Jeremy is gone half of the week, and I dont feel like brewing a pitcher of tea for myself. I enjoy Pure Leaf™ Iced Tea because it is freshly sealed in single serve bottles, which I can keep readily available in my fridge or pantry. We also have limited time to spend as a family, and having Pure Leafon hand lets me spend less time in the kitchen and more time on our porch together.

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poppy seed chicken salad

lemon poppy seed chicken salad

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What did you do this past weekend? Did you get to spend any time with your family?


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  • Reply Sarah H 19/05/2015 at 11:42 am

    Looks amazing!!! Plus your photography skills don’t hurt 😉

  • Reply Cindy Dudas 22/05/2015 at 10:32 am

    OH… this looks SO good. I love lemon poppy seed ANYthing. And I love chicken salad even more! WOohoo!

  • Reply Jess 31/05/2015 at 11:31 pm


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