Panera Bread Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Mar 4, 2011

Panera Bread Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

One of my favorite places to sit and get some work done, is at Panera Bread. The Panera Bread in my 'hood is great because the atmosphere is very inviting, and the staff makes everyone feel comfortable - no matter how long you're in there hunched over a laptop. Since I'm trying to incorporate more vegetables in my daily eats, I decided to try the Panera Bread Chicken Caesar Salad. It's described as having all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, romaine lettuce, Asiago-Parmesan cheese, homemade Asiago Cheese croutons & our special Caesar dressing.

Serving Size: 374 grams
Calories: 510
Total Fat: 29 grams, 44%
Saturated Fat: 9 grams, 45%
Sodium: 820 mg, 34%
Carbohydrates: 29 grams
Fiber: 3 grams, 12%
Sugar: 2 grams
Protein: 37 grams

I ordered the half portion, along with a (half-portion) of a sandwich, but just the half-portion of salad was a big serving - so the full thing would certainly be very filling. The only modification I made was to use Reduced-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing instead of the Caesar ... am I the only one that doesn't like creamy dressings?! The salad was oh so tasty - The chicken comes well seasoned - you can see it on the big strips of chicken - and the rest is your basic lettuce & shredded cheese.

One really nice thing about Panera Bread is that the nutrition information is readily available at PaneraNutrition.com - and you can easily switch out ingredients and see how they affect the nutrition facts.

A full-sized serving of the Panera Bread Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad provides 510 calories from 29 grams of total fat, 9 grams of which is saturated fat (both 45% of the daily value), 820 mg of sodium (34% of the DV), 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and 37 grams of protein.

To improve the nutrition facts of the salad - get rid of the croutons. This will remove 170 calories (now that huge salad is 340 calories), 7 grams of total fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat & 320 mg of sodium. The Caesar dressing also contributes 150 calories, 16 grams of total fat & 2.5 grams of saturated fat. The best substitution is with the Asian Sesame Vinaigrette which provides 90 calories, 8 grams of total fat, only 1 gram of which is saturated. Plus order it on the side as you might not need to use as much

As I mentioned, the portion is huge and rightly so because Panera Bread does not have the cheapest prices - this salad cost $7.99. I would buy this again, and make the above substitutions, because I know that I will be full for a few hours after.

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Taste: 5
Nutrition: 3.5
Price: 3.5
Overall: 4
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