While many other fast casual dining places offer simple salad options, Panera Bread continues to lead the way with fresh, innovative ingredients and salads like their Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken and their Mediterranean Bowl.
Not only does Panera Bread offer a wide array of salads, but they also give customers the choice to pick a half salad portion to pair with a soup or sandwich on their You Pick Two menu.
Panera Bread have 13 choices of salads on their menu. Customers can modify these salads to their liking or order them as part of a pair to go with a soup or sandwich item, making Panera salads a popular choice.
The prices for their salads compare to prices for meals at other fast casual restaurants, roughly ranging from $8 to $12 per salad.
The Panera Greek Salad is very popular among Mediterranean lovers. The Caesar Salad is a meal that has the least amount of fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. It’s also got the most amount of protein.
The Fuji Apple Salad is made with spinach, baby kale, red onions, and grape tomatoes, and it’s topped with walnut pieces and a sweet white vinaigrette.
The Asian Sesame Salad is a simple and satisfying dish that consists of Romaine lettuce, chicken, and walnut halves, as well as a few toasted almonds and sesame seeds. It is topped with a light Asian sesame vinaigrette.
As a customer at Panera, you have a wide selection of salads to choose from. The Green Goddess Cobb Salad is a favorite, as well as the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, though there are eleven other options on the menu.
Panera currently offers the Green Goddess Cobb Salad, Baja Bowl, Mediterranean Bowl, the Mediterranean or Baja Bowl with Chicken, a Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli Bowl, a BBQ Chicken Salad, Caesar Salad, Greek Salad, Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken, Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken and the Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken.
If those options weren’t enough for customers, all salad items are customizable, meaning you can pick and choose what toppings you do or don’t want on your salad.
Some Panera salads are offered on the You Pick Two and Value Duets menu sections, which usually feature a dual combination of a soup, salad or sandwich option.
There is also a rumored ‘secret menu’ offered at Panera, which includes the Power Mediterranean Chicken or Roasted Turkey Salads.
The Power Mediterranean Salads feature tomatoes, olives, red onions, applewood smoked bacon, diced eggs, fresh squeezed lemon juice and EVOO on a bed of romaine and baby spinach, with your choice of roasted turkey or chicken.
Because these items are not technically on the menu, you’ll have to ask for pricing for these ‘secret’ salads.
The cheapest salads on the menu at Panera are the Greek and Caesar Salads, which both cost $8.09 plus tax for a whole salad or $5.79 for a half portion. Most of their whole salads range from $8 to $12 before customizations or additions.
The most expensive salads at Panera are the Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken, the Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken and the Teriyaki Chicken Broccoli Bowl.
These three salads will cost you about $11.59 for a whole salad and $8.39 for a half portion, plus tax, when ordered as-is.
You can find updated pricing and nutritional information online or in-store at your local Panera.
Salads at Panera can range in their calorie content, varying from the Caesar Salad at 330 calories to the 730-calorie Baja Bowl with Chicken.
Half portions can vary from 190 to 330 calories, give or take.
The Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad weighs in at 670 calories as-is, while the Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken is only 410 calories. Both of these options have less calories than a Whopper with cheese.
When Panera opened its first location in 1987, they started out with a dream of bread in mind, and thus did not originally have salads on the menu. The salads came years later, before the company initiated a Clean food and ingredient act which eliminated all unnecessary and artificial ingredients.
Panera used to offer other salads such as the Spicy Thai Chicken Salad, the Power Kale Caesar Salad and the Spinach Power Salad, however these are all discontinued as Panera continues to innovate fresh, new ideas.
The introduction of Panera’s clean food initiative made room for a growing number of menu items that were fresh and innovative, including their salads.
These days, Panera offers thirteen different salad options for customers to choose from. You can also customize your choice or choose a smaller portion of your favorite salad to accompany a sandwich or soup with the Panera You Pick Two options.
With options ranging from $8-$12 and all under 750 calories, Panera salads are a great alternative to other fast casual restaurants.