I was so happy when I discovered Panera Bread. Not only is the food delicioso, but, it’s cheaper to feed a family of three there than at Wendy’s…and it’ SOOO much better for you!
The one item I love the most is the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. I decided I would try to recreate it at home, and this is what I came up with. Give it a try and see if you like it!
FUJI APPLE CHICK-EN SALAD
Lettuce. ( I used a bag of Italian Mix, and also cut up 1/2 a head of iceberg lettuce, cuz that’s what I had on hand. I really prefer the romaine, but I had some of that in the above stated bag…)
1/2 red onion (I didn’t have really all that much, so I added a few sliced green onions. That was good, too.)
Chicken Breasts, grilled (I used about 4 of them and grilled them on my Panini press. I may have overcooked them a bit, but I’ll do better next time. I think about 6 minutes on the panini is good.) I seasoned these with Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Poultry Magic, but you could use sage, salt, and pepper.
Feta cheese (I used about 1/2 a container — 4 oz., and crumbled it up all by myself. I could have bought it already crumbled, but I wanted to try my hand…)
1 large roma tomato (cut up). (You might want more, so add more.)
About 1/2 cup of pecans. (You can use more if you want.)
1/2 bag or so of Apple Crisps. I love these guys. I used the regular ones:
Mix all of these ingredients together. Right before you are ready to eat, pour the Apple Cider Dressing (below) over it and toss.
Here is the recipe for the Apple Cider Dressing:
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
2 1/2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 – 2 Tablespoons Sugar (to taste)
Mix all together and toss into the salad.
Serve with a nice whole wheat baguette. It is very filling and very good! J-GQ asked for this for dinner tonight and I had to oblige…