I love this main course salad at Panera. My skinny version has so many of the same ingredients as their salad but I’ve used a few skinny substitutes. It’s lower in fat and calories with fat-free feta cheese instead of Gorgonzola and it’s tossed in a store-bought reduced-fat dressing. In addition to the apple chips, I added freshly chopped apples. Each main course salad has 299 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 4 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 5 Green. It comes together very quickly and tastes amazing!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
2 cups mixed field greens or spring mix
1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
⅔ cup cooked chicken, chopped (white meat)
⅓ cup apples, chopped
⅓ cup grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced or chopped tomato
2 tablespoons red onions, diced
2 tablespoons Girard’s Light Champagne Vinaigrette or your favorite, see shopping tips
2 tablespoons fat-free feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons apple chips, broken in pieces, see shopping tips
1 tablespoon pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
1. In a large bowl, add field greens, romaine, chicken, apples, tomatoes, and onions. Drizzle dressing over the top. Toss together well. Add the salad to a dinner size plate. Sprinkle with feta cheese all over the top of the salad and sprinkle with apple chips. Top with pecans or walnuts, if desired.
2. Although this recipe makes 1 salad, this recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, and so on.
Makes 1 main course salad
Panera’s fabulous salad consists of chicken raised without antibiotics, mixed field greens, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, and apple chips tossed in their white balsamic apple vinaigrette.
Nutrition Facts for 1 full-size Panera salad
550 calories, 34g fat, 32g protein 35g carbs, 6g fiber, 620mg sod
You’ll find apple chips in most supermarkets in the produce section. Seneca Farms apple chips are gluten-free along with many other brands.
Girard’s Light Champagne Vinaigrette can be found in most supermarkets. It’s a gluten-free dressing! Trader Joe’s sells their own version. It’s equally good. Or use your favorite light vinaigrette.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 4-Blue
WW SmartPoints 5-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 7
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course salad including dressing (without nuts)
299 calories, 8g fat, 0mg chol, 32g prot, 22g carbs, 5g fiber, 707mg sod, 12g sugar
|FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
100 calories, 1g sat. fat, 5g sugar, 4g protein