How to Make Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing

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Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing

The Panera BBQ Chopped Chicken salad is offered daily on the chain restaurant's menu. The salad relies heavily on the freshly-made Panera BBQ Ranch dressing recipe for the distinctive taste and bold flavor. While the flavor is fairly similar to other restaurant's BBQ Ranch dressing offers, the Panera recipe features buttermilk and natural smoked flavor for a slightly more intense version of the classic dressing. The recipe is best prepared in a blender to ensure a creamy texture, but can be made with a whisk if needed. Opt for fresh ingredients for best results.

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Serves: 1

Panera.jpgFlickr: samantha celera
Offered by Panera Bread
Customer service phone 866-270-1064[1]
Served as Salad
Main ingredients Buttermilk, soybean oil
Cooking method Blended
Similar to California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ ranch dressing[2]

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon soybean oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste[3]
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon apple juice[4]
  • 1 teaspoon pineapple juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 drop liquid smoke[5]
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing Recipe

  1. Mince onion, then place in a blender.
  2. Turn blender on medium speed, then add soybean oil slowly until well mixed.
  3. Add egg yolk to the blender.[6]
  4. Stop the blender and scrape down the sides to make sure that the dressing mixes evenly.
  5. Return blender to medium speed and add the sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, apple juice and pineapple juice.
  6. Blend until a thick, creamy consistency occurs.
  7. Add vinegar slowly to prevent mixture from separating.
  8. Add garlic powder, onion powder, liquid smoke and dried parsley to the mixture.
  9. Blend until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  10. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.[7]

Recipe by CopyCatRecipeGuide's Food Editors

How to Make Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing

Review a demonstration of an alternative recipe for a Ranch dressing.


The Panera BBQ Ranch dressing can be easily modified based on taste preferences. Adding some Cayenne pepper, black pepper or other hot spice can heat up the dressing. While the dressing is most often served on a salad, it can also be used to dress up baked chicken or a bland pasta dish.

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