Panera Bread Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Have you been to Panera bread? They have this This Medirrannean Quinoa salad with almonds that is so delicous I had to tell you about it. Filled with kale, romaine, cucumbers, tomato sofrito, kalamata olives, quinoa and toasted almonds tossed with Greek dressing, its’ certainly worth trying. I have had a few people say that eating out is bad but I always say its all in the choices we make.
Panera Bread salad

What makes this salad a healthy option is that it is a balanced meal with a perfect blend of vitamins, dietary fibre, carbs, healthy fats and lots more nutritional value. A serving contains less than 500 calories which is sufficient to keep you mentally alert and energized for the rest of day. You do not want to order a heavy lunch that leaves you feeling lethargic.

Panera bread quinoa salad

Benefits of eating salads

  1. They are filled with fruits and vegetables which are rich in nutrients – Some research has found that eating fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of many diseases including cancer, heart disease and obesity.
  2. The fibre content is very high which helps with lowering cholesterol and preventing constipation.
  3. Eating more salads helps with weight control – This is because when you eat a salad you feel full quickly with less food therefore reducing your calorie intake.

My only advice when you eat a lot of salads is watch the ingredient list as some salads may appear healthy when they are not. For example a chicken caesar salad may sound great but the cheese, croutons and dressing are high in calories you might as well be eating a burger. Try to make your dressings or opt for the vinaigrettes instead of the creamy dressings which are high is sugar, sodium and unhealthy fats.

What is your favorite restaurant salad and how do you try to make your salads healthier? Please share your thoughts below, I would love to hear from you.

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  1. I love the salads at the Cheesecake Factory….use dressing on the side. Also, any Greek salad I can get my hands on.
    I love this recipe. I’m a huge fan of Quinoa!

  2. I’ve been to Panera but I haven’t yet had this. I’ll have to check it out the next time I go. You’re so right about picking the right salad though. I read an article once where it found that this salad at a fast food place (won’t name names!) had double the calories of their burgers. What what. It’s all the extras they put on there. So we just make our own dressing and do fresh fruit & veggies (and the occasional cheese). We don’t count calories but I’m pretty sure they’re less than burgers 🙂

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