How to Make Panera Classic Salad

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Panera Classic Salad

The Panera classic salad is one of the restaurants hand-tossed cafe salads that is served daily. The basic salad combines hearty romaine lettuce with mixed field greens as a base. Tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers are placed on top of the lettuce, then it is liberally topped with Panera's balsamic vinaigrette. At the restaurant, the dressing can be served on the side. This easy salad can be tossed together quickly for a healthy, yet flavorful side dish. The key to crafting a restaurant-quality salad is to prepare the vinaigrette fresh before serving.

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 Soybean oil, cider vinegar
Cooking method Blended
Similar to Applebee's side salad
Author Laura Acevedo

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Panera Classic Salad Ingredients

Panera Classic Salad Recipe

  1. Rinse spring mix, baby spinach and romaine lettuce, then spin or blot with paper towels to remove excess water.
  2. Dice cucumbers into small cubes.
  3. Slice red onions into slivers.
  4. Chop tomatoes.
  5. Place lettuce, spinach and spring mix in a shallow bowl.
  6. Top lettuce with cucumbers, onions and tomatoes.
  7. Liberally dress the salad with freshly prepared balsamic vinaigrette.

How to Make Panera Balsamic Vinaigrette

Review a demonstration of an recipe for a fresh, basic balsamic dressing.


The Panera classic salad can be modified with different salad ingredients and by altering the balsamic vinaigrette. Consider adding carrots, bell peppers, cooked beans, olives or other salad toppings. Add some fresh cilantro, basil, chives, green onions or other herbs for an extra kick. The classic salad can be served as a main entree and topped with chicken, turkey, beef or tofu. The salad is also a great option for a starter course or for a side dish. Serve the salad with a thick slice of bread to replicate the Panera serving method. This salad also compliments spaghetti, sandwiches, and soups. Consider keeping the ingredients on hand to make frequently.

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