Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad…

I have never been a fan of fruit in salad.  In fact, even though I have an incredible sweet tooth, I have always subscribed to the thought that sweet things belonged together and should not be mixed up with savory things in salads, stuffing, meat dishes or anything else.  A cheddar cheese slice on apple pie gets a definite “no”, while ice cream on apple pie is “more please” (especially if the apple pie is warmed- yum!).  For this reason I had always turned up my nose at this social media favorite.

I finally took the leap this week, as I was intrigued by its low calorie count and wanted to satisfy my curiosity.  I chose to pair it with half a Bacon Turkey Bravo sandwich and a bag of chips, which I knew would tide me over if I brought it back to my office and decided I didn’t like it.  I unpacked it from the bag and opened it, sniffing it suspiciously, looking for any weird odors that would push me to discard it without even tasting it.  I opened the little cup of dressing, in the same fashion, and took a really tiny taste. I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but…I wasn’t repelled.  I dumped the dressing into the salad, mixed it up really well, and took my first bite…it really wasn’t bad!  I ended up eating the whole serving (of half a salad) and really enjoyed it! The fruit was cool and juicy and the seasoning on the chicken wasn’t overpowering.  I especially liked the burst of freshness that filled my mouth when I managed to capture a piece of pineapple in the bite.  It tasted like summer to me.

I was a little disappointed to learn the next day that it was missing the promised pecans  (the location by my work is not really reliable about these things). However, I see more of these in my future and next time I will definitely be searching my bag before I leave the store to make sure I am not cheated out of them again.  Definitely two thumbs up!!



One thought on “Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad…

  1. Nancy Ruegg says:

    My favorite Panera salad, too. You’re right: it does indeed taste like summer. What a perfect simile! P.S. Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog, From the Inside Out. I pray you’ll find the posts meaningful when you’re able to stop by!

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