Saturday, September 26, 2009
Panera Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe
I have noticed that many people access my blog each day looking for a recipe for Panera's Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich. I don't have any specialized knowledge, but I eat at Panera lot and I use a lot of online cooking sites. Combining these two, I would recommend anyone trying to imitate Panera's recipe at home to try the following ingredients:
red seedless grapes, cut in half
salt and pepper to taste
cooked chicken breast, cubed or shredded
Those are certainly the basic ingredients for Panera's Napa almond chicken salad. Based on my own experience and those of other online reviewers, I don't think there is another solid ingredient (i.e. chopped apples or green onions) in the salad. If there is something else adding that extra zing, I would guess it's a wet ingredient mixed with the mayonnaise to make a kind of special, Panera dressing. Other chicken salad recipes I have found add creamy, cucumber salad dressing or pineapple juice to the mayonnaise. One recipe calls for miracle whip instead of mayonnaise. I haven't tried it yet, but I bet a little lemon juice would not go astray.
That's my amateur, but Panera-loving advice. Good luck!
*update: 9/27/09 I recently read that the dressing is not a mayonnaise base, but instead a light olive oil base. The sandwich is not advertised as a low-fat option; this is in keeping with a current trend of "stealth health" food.
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