COPYCAT PANERA GREEK SALAD — If you love Panera’s Greek salad, then you’re going to love this copycat version. So delicious, and so easy to make at home!
I love so many of the salads at Panera Bread, but their Greek salad is probably my favorite. And with this easy recipe, you can whip up a Copycat Panera Greek Salad at home!
With crispy Romaine, and plenty of tomatoes, olives, red onion and feta cheese, this is my idea of the perfect salad. The tangy vinegar and oil dressing is the perfect accompaniment to all of the delicious veggies.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Panera Greek salad without some crunchy pepperoncini peppers for garnish.
If you’ve never had a Panera Greek salad, it’s pretty similar to the Olive Garden salad. So if you love that one, you’re going to love this one!
If you haven’t had either salad, what are you waiting for? This really is one of my favorite salads. It’s a must try!
I love to have a big bowl of this salad for lunch, but it’s also the perfect side for almost any meal. So don’t just serve it with Greek food, because it pairs well with pretty much everything.
If you’re not a fan of kalamata olives, you can definitely substitute regular black olives. And cherry tomatoes are fine in place of grape tomatoes.
I like to mix up extra dressing and keep it in the refrigerator so I can toss this salad together at a moment’s notice. And if you want to turn this into a more complete meal, feel free to add grilled chicken, or even sliced pepperoni.
If you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to eat more veggies, this salad is a great place to start. It doesn’t require tons of chopping (my least favorite thing about making salads) but it’s still loaded with tons of tasty ingredients.
This Copycat Panera Greek Salad is one you’ll be making again and again. You’ll definitely want to add this one to your recipe collection.
Be sure to save this Copycat Panera Greek Salad recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
Tips for Choosing and Storing Lettuce
Which kind of lettuce should I buy? There are so many kinds of lettuce to choose from! If you’re wondering which type of lettuce will work best in the dish you are making, check out this fantastic buying guide.
Appearance: Look for lettuce that seems fresh, with firm leaves. Check out the stem end too. If it’s brown and dried out, the lettuce is probably not as fresh. Lettuce is mostly water, so it’s going to wilt quickly. Use most lettuce within 2-5 days, depending on the variety.
Storing: The best way to store lettuce is to separate the leaves and then wash and dry them well before storing. A salad spinner works great for this process. Wrap the lettuce in paper towels and place it in a plastic bag with air to breathe. Keep it in the vegetable drawer or another cool part of your fridge.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Copycat Panera Greek Salad
- Red wine vinegar
- Olive oil
- Spices: oregano, basil, ground mustard, salt and pepper
- Produce: lettuce, garlic, grape tomatoes, red onion
- Kalamata olives
- Pepperoncini peppers
For the dressing
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the salad
- 1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 6-8 whole pepperoncini peppers
- In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for dressing. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together ingredients for salad, except pepperoncini peppers. Toss salad with desired amount of dressing.
- Garnish with pepperoncini peppers before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 2080mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 7g
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