Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–café 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.
Tomato Basil Chicken Salad
TOMATO BASIL CHICKEN SALAD
Panera Bread Recipe
3 cups bread cubes from Panera Tomato Basil Bread
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup mayonnaise
2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
1 clove garlic
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 lbs chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pint tomatoes
1/2 lb bacon, cooked crisp and then crumbled
4 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil leaves to garnish
To make the croutons: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread cubes on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat well. Season with salt to taste. Toast for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.
To make the basil mayonnaise: Combine mayonnaise, basil, garlic, lemon juice and salt in a blender. Process until well blended. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until serving.
To make the salad: Combine the chicken, tomatoes, bacon, green onions and croutons in a large salad bowl. Add 1/2 cup Basil Mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Mix well. Garnish top of salad with a few fresh basil leaves.