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.
Fava Bean Salad with Watercress
FAVA BEAN SALAD with WATERCRESS
Panera Bread Recipe
2 1/2 cups shelled fava or soy beans
3/4 cup cucumber - finely chopped
1/3 cup very thinly sliced red onion
2 tbs chopped fresh dill
pinch red pepper flakes
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 ounces watercress leaves, no stems
3 ounces shaved pecorino cheese
1/2 loaf Panera Bread Country Bread
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add shelled beans and blanch 1 minute then remove to a bowl of ice water. When cool, pinch open pale green skins and pop out deep green inner fava beans (no peeling necessary if using edamame). Combine beans, cucumber, onion, dill, and pepper flakes in medium bowl.
Put lemon juice in another medium bowl and whisk in oil in a slow steady stream until incorporated. Whisk in salt and pepper. Pour half of dressing over bean mixture and half over watercress, tossing each to combine. Divide watercress among salad plates. Top with bean mixture and use a vegetable peeler to shave wide strips of pecorino over each salad. Serve with torn chunks of Country Bread.
Note: To save time peeling fresh fava beans, look for shelled and peeled frozen fava beans in Middle Eastern markets. They can be thawed and used as is in this salad.