How to Make Panera Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

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Panera Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

The Panera grilled chicken Caesar salad recipe found on the chain restaurant's menu is the chain's recreation of a classic salad combination. The salad combines romaine lettuce with Asiago-Parmesan cheese and tops it with a fresh Caesar dressing. Panera's version of the salad features antibiotic-free, natural chicken and homemade Asiago cheese croutons. At the restaurant, the salad can be enjoyed in entree-size, or as part of their "you-pick-two" option where you are able to enjoy a 1/2 salad along with another selection. Despite the rich taste, you can easily make this recipe at home with easy-to-find ingredients. The secret of recreating the salad is to use quality ingredients and fresh-made croutons.

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 Grilled chicken, Asiago-Parmesan Cheese
Cooking method Tossed
Similar to Applebees' Caesar Salad
Author Laura Acevedo

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Panera Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Ingredients

  • 1 cup Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chicken
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Asiago Parmesan blend[2]
  • 1/4 cup Asiago croutons
  • 1/4 cup Caesar dressing[3]

Panera Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

  1. Clean Romaine lettuce.
  2. Spin lettuce to remove excess water, or blot with paper towels.
  3. Place lettuce in a large bowl.
  4. Slice chicken into strips and place into a small bowl.
  5. Add lemon juice to the chicken and stir.
  6. Allow chicken to marinate in the lemon juice for 5 minutes.
  7. Add black pepper and salt to the chicken mixture and stir.
  8. Grill chicken strips.
  9. Place grilled chicken on top of the Romaine lettuce.
  10. Add Asiago Parmesan blend, then toss.
  11. Add tomatoes and red onions on top of the salad.
  12. Pour Caesar dressing lightly over the top of the salad.
  13. Top salad with Asiago croutons.[4]
  14. Place into salad bowl, then serve with a large slice of freshly baked bread.

How to Make Panera Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Review a demonstration of an alternative salad recipe for a Grilled chicken Caesar salad.


The Panera grilled chicken Caesar salad can be prepared with a range of ingredients. You can easily substitute turkey, beef or shrimp for the chicken, or create a vegetarian option by leaving off the meat entirely. For best results, bake fresh croutons and use a freshly-made Caesar dressing for a more intense flavor.

Panera is a chain of restaurants in the "fast-casual" space that has a menu filled with a wide range of salads, soups and sandwiches. The fresh-based concept allows home cooks a good basis for recreating healthy, yet flavorful salad options.

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