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RIP Panera BBQ Chicken Salad

I received some sad news yesterday sitting in the drive-thru at Panera Bread.  I ordered the same thing I’ve been eating for a while, the BBQ Chicken Salad.  Instead of hearing, please drive around, I heard some chilling news.  The salad is going off the menu.  This made my heart sink.

Lunch from @panerabread. I didn't enjoy it too much though. #lunch #healthyeats #latergram #healthy #salad #chickennoodlesoup
This is my go-to order. I don’t have to wait forever in line and it’s always there when I forgot my lunch or waited too late to eat. Now it’s gone.

Panera BBQ chicken salad

I’m a creature of habit. I find one thing and I stick with it. I’m loyal to the cause. I enjoy the routine. Now I’m going to need to find something new. But THIS SALAD WAS EVERYTHING! It took me a while to settle on to it, but it was my biggest pregnancy craving. Like, I’ve already said…it was the meal I always went to feel satisfied. It was my comfort food. It was my main reason for going to Panera.


After hearing the news, I had to settle for a new salad yesterday. I was put on the spot and I had to pick something quick. I picked the Thai Chicken Salad. It was good, but it wasn’t my salad. Now I’m going to be in search for a new salad at Panera. This might take awhile, but I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have a favorite Panera salad?

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  • Desiree Penton Marshall

    I’m all over the Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad at Panera but they only have it during the summer months.

  • schengineer

    BBQ chicken salad was my favorite, go-to Panera meal too, and now I’m taking my business elsewhere with this regrettable change!

  • Mary Reynolds

    I was so sad also when it was taken off the menu. The one it is “replaced” with is Chili Lime Ranch. I did try it and really didn’t care for it. I’m off to look for some copycat recipes.

  • Shane Frost

    I tried ordering this yesterday, i cancelled my order and left… Was only reason i went there at all… RIP