How to Make Panera Asian Sesame Vinaigrette

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Panera Asian Sesame Vinaigrette

The Panera Asian sesame chicken salad is a signature dish at the restaurant chain. The healthy dish receives much of the taste from the Asian Sesame Vinaigrette recipe that features a low-sugar profile. The vinaigrette is drizzled over fresh cilantro, romaine lettuce, wonton strips, sesame seeds, chicken and sliced almonds for a light, yet highly filling meal.[1] The Panera Asian Sesame vinaigrette is easy to make at home and can be easily expanded based on the number of diners.

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Serves: 1

Panera.jpgFlickr: samantha celera
Offered by Panera Bread
Customer service phone 866-270-1064[2]
Served as Salad
Main ingredients Soybean oil, cider vinegar
Cooking method Blended
Similar to Applebee's Oriental vinaigrette
Author Laura Acevedo

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Panera Asian Sesame Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soybean oil[3]
  • 1 tablespoon evaporated cane juice[4]
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic

Panera Asian Sesame Vinaigrette Recipe

  1. Place 2 tablespoons water, 2 1/8 teaspoons of soybean oil, and 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil in a blender.[5]
  2. Place top on blender and run on medium for about 1 minute.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon evaporated cane juice and 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil to the blender.
  4. Mash garlic into a paste until no individual pieces of garlic are visible.
  5. Add garlic mash to the blender.
  6. Process on medium-high for approximately 2 minutes until a smooth vinaigrette is created.
  7. Use Asian sesame vinaigrette immediately for best results. Leftovers can be refrigerated, but the flavor will change and will not present the same fresh taste as the recently prepared dressing.

How to Make Asian Sesame Vinaigrette

Review a demonstration of an alternative recipe for an Asian salad dressing.


The Panera Asian sesame vinaigrette is designed for the Asian sesame chicken salad, but it is a versatile dressing that can be used as a marinade, as a pasta seasoning and on other salads. While the dressing does have a strong flavor, it does not have any heat. To punch up the spice meter, consider adding some black pepper, Cayenne pepper or a flavored Asian pepper sauce. Add extra soy sauce or salt for an extra salt kick. To ensure a restaurant-quality vinaigrette, choose freshly-purchased, high-quality ingredients.

Also See: How to Make Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad, How to Make Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing, How to Make Panera Balsamic Vinaigrette, How to Make Panera Caesar Dressing, How to Make Panera Greek Dressing