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
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?