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I combined a couple of recipe ideas to make this chicken salad with strawberries and a strawberry poppy seed dressing.  My daughters and I love this salad.

It’s easy to make with cooked chicken breast (one full cup per serving), strawberries, pecans and dry minced onions.  My daughters don’t like to bite down on a raw onion, so I used the minced ones.  If I were making it for myself only, I’d add some sliced red or sweet onion.
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An easy-to-mix oil dressing with pureed strawberries is added to the chicken mixture …

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…and the salad is refrigerated for an hour or so to blend flavors.

STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRY POPPYSEED DRESSING

FOR THE SALAD:
4 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (one medium sized whole breast)
2 Tblsp. dry minced onion
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
¼ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

FOR THE DRESSING:
½ cup fresh strawberries, quartered
¼ cup white vinegar
2 Tblsp. granulated sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 Tblsp. poppy seed
3/4 cup peanut oil

TO MAKE THE SALAD:
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, onion, 1 cup sliced strawberries and pecans.  Set aside.

TO MAKE THE DRESSING:
Place ½ cup of strawberries, vinegar, sugar, salt, poppy seed and oil in a food processor or blender and process until dressing is smooth and oil is completely blended with other ingredients.

Pour the amount of dressing you prefer over salad ingredients and toss lightly.  Place in covered container and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Makes 4 servings.

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