Meal Mondays: Panera Bread Greek Salad with Shrimp Review


Panera Bread Greek Salad with Shrimp

Since I’m participating in my own Cinch an Inch challenge I have been working very hard to rethink my food choices especially when I eat out.  Now let me explain – this past week was my birthday so I ate out almost every day.  If it wasn’t lunch then it was for dinner and more lunch and dinner.  I mean I did go a bit overboard but I was happy the Lord let me see another year.

With that said I figured I would use this weekend to get right back on track.  My blogging sister in crime Sheila Simmons of The Frugal Exerciser gave me a Panera Bread gift card as a birthday present and Saturday was the day I figured I would use it.  I had been running around visiting open houses for summer camps, driving here and driving there and I was starving.  I have always heard of Panera Bread’s delicious lunch food items such as their salads so I decided to stop in with my gift card and give it a try.

I normally go in there for breakfast food so I had to get acclimated to the lunch menu.  Since there was a long line at the store in Pikesville, MD I had more than enough time to review the menu to figure out what I wanted to order.  My eyes spotted Greek salad and I then saw shrimp and my decision was made.  I love Greek salad especially with nice plump shrimp.

Cost:  approx. $9.99 for a full (whole) salad

Ingredients:  Romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, feta, pepperoncini, red onions, kalamata olives and pepper tossed in our Greek dressing then topped with shrimp.

Serving size:  16 oz – contains milk, shellfish and soy

Nutritional value:  Calories:  460 calories (220 from dressing), calories from fat:  300, total fat:  33 grams, saturated fat:  8 grams, cholesterol:  215 mg, sodium:  1,380 mg, carbohydrates:  13 grams, dietary fiber:  4 grams, sugar:  4 grams, protein:  30 grams, Vitamin A: 60% DV, Vitamin C:  50% DV, Calcium:  20% DV, Iron:  15% DV

Review:   It was packaged in a recyclable paper container and was easy to open.  The lettuce was covered with Greek dressing but 2 more 1 ounce dressing containers were also included.  The lettuce was crunchy, fresh and not wilted.  It definitely taste as if it was already pre-packaged because the shrimp was cold and sliced in half lengthwise.  Not sure why I was hoping the shrimp would be hot off the grill but it wasn’t.

There were about 8 or so medium sized shrimp in the entire salad and the taste was pretty bland.  The dressing made the salad in my opinion.  The red onions were bomb but I love read onions.  There wasn’t too much or too little.  It looked as if they quartered some roma tomatoes as well but I skipped those.  I wasn’t in a tomato mood.

For the price, I think the salad could have been bigger and included more shrimp.  Also about one hour later I was hungry again.  I know it was “just” a salad but it had protein in it and it cost $10 bucks (once you include tax).  

I would rate this a 5 out of 10 stars.  Only because the shrimp was pre-cooked or at least tasted that way, they were only medium, there was only about 8 and it did not fill me up.

What have you eaten at Panera Bread lately?  What is your favorite dish?

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7 Replies to "Meal Mondays: Panera Bread Greek Salad with Shrimp Review"

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    The Frugal Exerciser
    April 7, 2014 (4:49 pm)

    I’m on the South Beach diet and I have been doing it since Thursday. I’m weening myself off of sweets. I will check out their salads but not that one.

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      DSTPRL April 7, 2014 (5:31 pm)

      Let me know what you think of their other salads. They have one with apples that looks delicious.

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    YumYum April 9, 2014 (6:13 am)

    I would just like to say cheers to you, I could never go into panera without getting a panini. Sorry you had a disappointing experience with their salad though. With that being said, the only way I can feel satisfied from a salad is by adding a boiled egg, nuts or beans to it.

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    Deborah Davis
    April 9, 2014 (8:13 pm)

    Hi Diatta,
    I just hopped by from Workout Wednesday (#wowlinkup) and I am delighted to discover and explore your fitness blog. I am so inspired by your story and your passion for fitness. I blog about living healthy, fit, green and natural so your blog is right up my alley. It’s Springtime, finally, so the warm weather really motivates me to push my fitness game up a notch so I look forward to lots of working out! I am a big salad lover and I eat them all of the time but I have not eaten at Panera Bread yet. I have subscribed and followed you on social media to stay in touch. Sharing too! All the best, Deborah

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      DSTPRL April 9, 2014 (8:32 pm)

      Thank you for joining us Deborah and if you haven’t definitely share a post or 2 from your blog, Facebook fan page or Google+!

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    April 15, 2014 (6:12 am)

    I have never eaten at Panera but their food looks so good. Will have to try this one.

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