This salad is flavorful, yet healthy tried and true recipe we made with the Panera version as an inspiration. As always, we start from scratch and use the healthiest ingredients we can think of. You can, of course, make any modifications you want to meet any needs you have. You can make this with a grill or an oven or you can buy premade ingredients if you need to.
For the Peanut Sauce
We used a pre-made peanut sauce to save time on this recipe. It was also really easy to pour, right out of the bottle the way they did it too that way. You can also use one of our homemade peanut sauce recipes and pour from something with a pouring lip to achieve the same goal. Here are two of our peanut sauce recipes that we made to be a little healthier than the highly processed, store-bought, option.
The Thai Chili Vinaigrette Dressing
There are several ways we figured you could go about creating a similar Thai vinaigrette dressing. First we thought you could just buy a vinaigrette as they advertise on the menu item, and add a Thai chili sauce like Sambal. This way actually turned out really delicious, using a lite balsamic vinaigrette. After we tried that way, Mod decided she could reproduce from scratch and came out with a pretty close approximate. To me, it tasted a bit more of the sesame flavor than Panera’s but you can always adjust that back to taste as you make it. Here is her recipe for that dressing, should you decide to go the homemade route. 🙂
Copycat Panera Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken
- Cookie sheet
- Large Salad Bowl
- 2 Cups Chicken breast Roasted or grilled and sliced
- 2 Heads Romaine Lettuce 2 Heads Lettuce
- 1 Cup Carrots Cubed
- 1/2 Cup Edamame Roasted
- 3/4 Cup Bell pepper Roasted and cut into cubes
- 2 Tbsp Cilantro Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Almonds Sliced
- 1/4 Cup Wonton
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Sauce Homemade if possible
- 1 Cup Vinaigrette Thai pepper vinaigrette if possible, see sub recipe
- Roast the edamame and cubed bell peppers for 10 minutes if using the oven at 350 degrees on a grill or via broil in an oven for approximately 10 minutes until starting to look charred. Set aside.
- Roast or grill the 2-3 chicken breast if you don't buy it already roasted and sliced and slice into slivers. If oven roasting, we roasted ours on a cookie sheet for approximately 45 minutes, at 350 degrees, checking to make sure it doesn't burn. It is done when it is cooked through and slightly browned but not overly charred on the outside. Set aside.
- Chop the Romaine lettuce into half dollar sized squares and place in the large salad bowl.
- Chop the carrot into small cubes the same size as the red peppers.
- Chop the cilantro into small pieces and set aside.
- Toss together everything except the; peanut sauce, wontons, chicken and dressing which will be toppings.
- Serve with whole with the chicken breast, peanut sauce, Thai chili vinaigrette and wontons on top.
- If you want to copy Panera even more, add a whole grain French baguette if you can find one or just whole grain bread or bagel, as we did.
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We like the whole foods, avoid processed ingredients approach. What is healthy for us may not be healthy for you though as your situation is fact dependent.
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