Panera Green Goddess Salad Copycat Recipe with Chicken

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The Panera Green Goddess Salad is easy to make at home for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy one of the most popular Panera Bread salads for dinner or a week’s worth of lunches! You’ll love this copycat recipe for the taste and easy meal prep! 

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When it comes to salad components, this green goddess salad recipe has it all. I love a hearty salad like this because it creates the perfect salad blend.

I also love making Panera Bread’s Green Goddess Salad recipe because it fits inside my salad bowl perfectly! The printable recipe card gives the exact amounts needed to create this easy chicken salad, and it’s so simple to make! 

I’ll also add some fresh herbs and fresh basil leaves to my salad for a kick of taste. That way, I can still eat this on the keto diet, without worrying about getting off-track!

A low carb salad like this is too good to pass up! 

If you’re looking for new recipes, I promise this one is the best! You can even prep a bit of it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container so it’s easy to grab and go.

All that leaves is adding the delicious dressing – and you’re set! 

ingredients to make green goddess salad

Panera Green Goddess Salad

The Green Goddess Salad from Panera is topped with chicken, fresh tomatoes, avocado, hard-boiled eggs, and crispy bacon. 

Tying it all together is a creamy, herbaceous dressing that can be homemade as well!

No matter what you are craving, I’ve got plenty of salad recipes made with greens, veggies, potatoes, and pasta.

And if you love making your favorite restaurant dishes at home, check out this roundup of my best-ever copycat recipes.

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How To Recreate Panera Bread Salads

No matter the recipe, all you need to do is gather the ingredients and toss them all together!

To make a homemade Panera Green Goddess Salad, add a handful or two of spring mix to your plates and pile on the toppings.

You will need to prep a few things first unless you are an expert at multitasking! The bacon can go in the oven while you hard boil the eggs on the stove or in an air fryer.

Then, fire up the grill and cook your chicken breasts to perfection. 

Let them rest for a few minutes so they stay nice and juicy, then slice and place them on top of everything else.

Drizzle with some of my homemade Panera Bread Green Goddess Salad dressing and dig right in!

If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the chicken on the stove in a large skillet instead. 

Heat a little bit of oil over medium-high heat, then place the meat in the pan leaving space between each breast.

Cook for 5 to 7 minutes without moving, then flip each piece and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

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Serving Suggestions

Enjoy Panera Bread Green Goddess Salad as a full meal or add a piece of crusty bread to soak up the extra dressing.

You could also create a homemade You Pick Two combo by pairing a smaller portion of Panera salads with soup or a sandwich. 

I have an easy recipe for Panera’s famous broccoli cheddar soup, or try a gourmet grilled cheese that’s loaded with all kinds of fillings!

You can also top with pickled onions, olive oil, bacon bits, and even high protein diced chicken. If you want to make a smaller portion, you can serve it as a side dish.

You can’t go wrong with this Green Goddes Salad! 

Green Goddess Salad Panera FAQ

What’s the difference between this recipe and the Green Goddess Salad Panera recipe?

There are just a few minor adjustments based on what was more readily available, but they are close enough that you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Instead of grape tomatoes and pickled red onions, my homemade Panera Green Goddess salad has cherry tomatoes and sliced shallots. 

Plus, I added some feta cheese crumbles which aren’t in the original Panera salad recipe, but you can leave those out if you prefer.

Is there another lettuce I can use if I don’t like spring mix?

Yes, many Panera salads taste just as delicious with some chopped romaine instead.

Can I make Panera Green Goddess salad ahead of time? 

Absolutely! I suggest mixing together only the greens and toppings, then add the chicken and dressing just before serving.

That said, you can prepare everything a day or two in advance and keep covered in separate containers in the refrigerator.

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panera green goddess salad

Panera Green Goddess Salad Copycat Recipe with Chicken

Donna Elick
The Panera Green Goddess Salad is easy to make at home for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy it for dinner or a week’s worth of lunches!
5 stars from 4 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Method Grill
Servings 3


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, about 3 breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 9 ounces spring salad mix
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 hardboiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup green goddess salad dressing


  • Preheat your grill to 400°F.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Grill the chicken for 5-7 minutes, per side until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove the chicken from the grill and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Place the salad mix on three dinner plates.
  • Top each salad with tomatoes, bacon, eggs, avocado, cheese, and shallot.
  • Slice your chicken breast and place one breast on each salad.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the top of each salad.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 558cal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 355mg | Sodium: 1033mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published May 2021, updated and republished May 2024

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  1. Slow roasted Italian:
    I really wish you would add the nutrition info as I'm on a very strict low sodium diet. Thanks

  2. Thank you for the recipe. Please just put the dressing recipe with the salad ingredients. It's a pain to click back and forth between two recipes while all the advertisements load each time. Thanks.

  3. Was not as good as I thought it would be, however, I think the lemon I used was extremely large and juicy, which of course made the taste of lemon a little over-powering. Can you advise an actual quantity please Donna?! Thanks so much.

  4. 5 stars
    I love panera, but hate their prices. This is such an awesome copy cat recipe, even better than the original.

  5. 5 stars
    omg this Panera Green Goddess Salad by Donna and Chad from The Slow Roasted Italian is the bomb! So easy and super delish. 5 stars!

  6. 5 stars
    donna’s Panera Green Goddess Salad is a game-changer! So easy to make, and I added some grilled shrimp for extra protein. Tastes just like the restaurant version. 5 stars!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve never been this excited about a salad before, but Donna and Chad’s Panera Green Goddess Salad is out of this world. Restaurant-level deliciousness!

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