Thursday, December 30, 2010

Panera Bread Fuji Apple Salad


Packing a lunch for work every day gets really, really boring. I can only take so many turkey sandwiches before I absolutely lose my mind from the monotony. I really like salads, but I’m really finicky when it comes to dressings. My preference always goes towards the buttermilk-laden fatty dressings that are tasty but not exactly health food. Imagine my delight when I stumbled across this Panera salad. Immediately I knew I needed to find a copycat recipe for this salad to make for lunch and low and behold, it’s awesome. Light, healthy and incredibly flavorful without being overpowering.
I made a few tweaks to the original recipe, omitting chicken most of the time and adding a few dried cranberries or dried cherries just for some extra color.

fuji apple salad bite

Fuji Apple Salad 
printable recipe

for the dressing
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
2 small shallots, finely chopped
1 1/2teaspoons Dijon Mustard
3 Tablespoons Frozen Apple juice Concentrate

for the salad

green leaf lettuce or romaine lettuce, chopped
tomatoes, chopped
pecan halves
dried apple slices
feta or blue cheese, crumbled
red onion, diced
dried cranberries

Mix together all of the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl.
Assemble the salad and drizzle dressing over the top.

Source: Adapted from SparkRecipes

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  1. I made this recipe for about 40 women at a bridal shower and it was awesome! I cut the garlic in half and added avocado and it was so good. For a meal I added grilled chicken!

  2. Jan, that sounds wonderful. I bet avacado was great on this! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

  3. I made it today , the only thing I changed was that I put I teaspoon of suger and galic pepper and a little bit of salt.... And we loved it.. Thanks you