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Panera Salads – Healthy Meets Delicious

The Panera Bread menu includes salads which range in calories from 170 for the half-size Caesar Salad to 680 calories in the whole Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken. (The calorie count does not include the side item of choice which comes with each salad.). When it comes to fast-food, the Panera Salads are healthy options that are also delicious.

Prices vary depending on location, but the prices typically range from $7.99 to $11.49 for a whole salad. Let’s take a look at the salads on the Panera menu.

The front of Panera Bread restaurant.

1. Panera Greek Salad

The Panera Greek Salad is a good option for vegans and vegetarians or anyone looking for a Mediterranean salad. It’s made with Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, feta, red onions, kalamata olives, salt and pepper and tossed in Greek dressing with a pepperoncini. Skip the side for a low-carb fast-food lunch.

Panera's half-size Greek Salad and piece of French bread.
Half-size Greek Salad $5.39 (Whole salad – $7.29)

The full-size salad has 400 calories, 35 g of fat, 1170 mg of sodium, 15 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.

2. & 3. Panera Caesar Salad and the Caesar Salad With Chicken

The Panera Caesar Salad is the salad with the least amount of calories on the Panera menu. It has only 330 calories and 25 g of fat, 620 mg of sodium, 19 g of carbohydrates, 4 g of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

The Caesar Salad is made with Romaine lettuce, parmesan, and homemade black pepper focaccia croutons tossed with Caesar dressing.

Bowl of Panera's Chicken Caesar Salad and some French bread.
Full-size Panera Caesar Salad with Chicken $9.59

For those who like Caesar salads but want a little more protein, the Panera Caesar Salad with Chicken should hit the spot. It’s made with chicken raised without antibiotics, romaine, parmesan, and homemade black pepper focaccia croutons, and tossed with Caesar dressing.

The full-size salad has 470 calories, 28 g of fat, 970 mg of sodium, 21 g of carbohydrates, 4 g of fiber, and 34 grams of protein.

4. Panera Fuji Apple Salad

Panera Breads Fuji Apple Salad and a slice of French bread.
Full-size Panera Fuji Apple Salad $9.59

The Panera Fuji Apple Salad is made with a blend of arugula, romaine, baby kale, and red leaf lettuces, grape tomatoes, red onions, toasted pecan pieces, Gorgonzola, chicken raised without antibiotics, and apple chips tossed in sweet white balsamic vinaigrette.

The full-size salad has 580 calories, 36 g of fat, 750 mg of sodium, 37 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of fiber, and 32 grams of protein.

5. Panera Asian Sesame Salad

Close up view of Panera's Asian Sesame Salad with crispy wontons and slivered almonds.
Full-size Asian Sesame Salad $9.59

The Asian Sesame Salad starts with a bed of Romaine lettuce, cilantro, toasted almonds, sesame seeds, wonton strips, and antibiotic-free chicken and is tossed in Asian sesame vinaigrette. ($10.29).

The full-size salad has 430 calories, 23 g of fat, 720 mg of sodium, 29 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of fiber, and 31 grams of protein.

6. Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken

Panera Bread's Southwest Salad and French bread on a table.
Full-size Panera Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken $10.99

The Panera Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken is made with chicken raised without antibiotics, romaine, arugula, black bean & corn salsa, fresh cilantro, and masa crisps tossed in chile lime rojo ranch and topped with feta and avocado.

The full-size salad has 680 calories, 36 g of fat, 1290 mg of sodium, 54 g of carbohydrates, 14 g of fiber, and 39 grams of protein.

7. Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken

Made with chicken that was raised without antibiotics, arugula, romaine, baby kale, and a red leaf blend, grape tomatoes and pickled red onions tossed in freshly made Green Goddess dressing and topped with avocado, bacon, and cage-free hard-boiled egg, the Panera Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken is a popular salad on the menu.

Panera's Green Goddess Salad and a cup of water.
Full-size Green Goddess Cobb Salad $10.99

The Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken has 530 calories, 30 g of fat, 930 mg of sodium, 26 g of carbohydrates, 8 g of fiber, and 42 grams of protein.

8. BBQ Chicken Salad

The BBQ Chicken Salad is made with romaine lettuce, black bean and corn salsa tossed in BBQ ranch dressing, topped with frizzled onions, and antibiotic-free chicken, and drizzled with apple cider vinegar BBQ sauce.

Panera's BBQ Chicken Salad and slice of French bread.
Full-size BBQ Chicken Salad $9.59

The full-size BBQ Chicken Salad has 520 calories, 25 g of fat, 1210 mg of sodium, 44 g of carbohydrates, 10 g of fiber, and 33 grams of protein.


9. Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken

Panera Bread's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken.
Full-size Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken $10.99

The newest salad on the Panera menu is the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken which is made with chicken raised without antibiotics, romaine, mandarin oranges, fresh strawberries, blueberries, and pineapples and is tossed in poppyseed dressing and topped with toasted pecan pieces. This salad is a great way to get in a lot of your daily servings of fruits and veggies!

The full-size Strawberry Poppyseed Salad has 360 calories, 15 g of fat, 480 mg of sodium, 34 g of carbohydrates, 8 g of fiber, and 28 grams of protein.


All salads are served with a side of either potato chips (150 calories), an apple (80 calories), or a baguette slice (180 calories).


About Panera Bread

According to The New Yorker, Panera Bread got its humble beginning as a cookie shop called the Cookie Jar in Boston in 1981. A year later the company merged with Au Bon Pain. Soup and sandwiches made with fresh-baked baguettes joined the menu lineup in 1985.

The Panera website says that the first Panera opened its doors in 1987 in Kirkwood, Missouri. Further information on the company’s timeline emphasizes the company’s transparency as well as its support for its communities, employees, and sustainability and stewardship.

Some of Panera’s food accomplishments include using chicken raised without antibiotics (since 2004) and the removed artificial trans fats (in 2007).

In keeping with the times, Panera has an app available both for Apple and Android users making it easy to order online and to skip the line. Customers can opt to have their food delivered to them in the parking lot or they can go inside the restaurant and pick up their order(s). Additional benefits of using the app are that customers can earn rewards for their purchases, store their payment information, and review nutrition all from the convenience of their cell phone.

Panera hours may vary by location, but the restaurant normally opens early to serve breakfast and is open until the evening.

Panera is located in most states. Click here to find a Panera location near you.

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