Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Caesar Salad


Panera Bread Caesar Salad
This is an old recipe for making a lower fat version of Panera's Caesar Salad. It just wasn't right, so I made a few changes. You can use your favorite purchased croutons or make your own. Panera uses their Asiago Cheese bread for the croutons for their salad, Italian Bread would be a nice second choice, but any bread will do. 

Croutons
4 ounces Panera's Asiago Cheese bread or Italian bread-sliced
1 clove garlic, cut in half
Nonstick olive oil cooking spray

Dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
Coarsely ground black pepper

Salad
1 package (18-ounce) hearts of romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
Asiago-Parmesan Cheese-(thin shaved pieces) to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
To make the Croutons:  Slice bread into 1/2 inch thick slices. Rub both sides of bread slices with the cut side of garlic clove. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes; place cubes on cookie sheet and spray bread liberally with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes or until golden-brown and crisp. Allow croutons to cool before using.

To make the Salad Dressing:  Meanwhile, in large salad bowl, with wire whisk, mix together mayonnaise,
Parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil, anchovy paste, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Add lettuce, croutons and shaved Asiago-Parmesan cheese to dressing in bowl; toss to coat.


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