Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken is a Panera favorite you can make at home now! This delicious Thai Chili Vinaigrette peanut sauce is the star of this salad and it will become your new favorite dressing!
I have been eating this Thai Chili Vinaigrette every way I can think of since making my first batch at home. It is amazing on today’s salad, makes a great chicken marinade and this Keto Chopped Chicken Salad has got to go next on your list of things to make!
I haven’t found many things on Panera’s menu I don’t like but one thing I truly can not get enough of is their Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken. This salad is all about the Thai Chili Vinaigrette! I am a wimp when it comes to spice but this vinaigrette is perfect!
If you are someone who really likes a kick with their food you might enjoy adding more chili garlic sauce or a bit of siracha to your dressing.
Ingredients to make Panera Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken
The peanut sauce is the star of this show! This dressing really pulls the salad together with a sweet and spicy combo. To make the sauce you’ll stir together peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime (or lemon) juice, chili garlic sauce, minced garlic, fresh ginger, and water to thin it out. Stir it all together until well combined.
For the rest of the salad, I like nice and crunchy romaine lettuce as my base, you’ll top that with some shredded purple cabbage, carrots, chopped red pepper, cilantro, and roasted edamame. This flavor combo is unbeatable!
Panera also adds wonton strips and almonds on their salad but I left both of those out and topped mine with chopped peanuts.
How to Store a Salad for Meal Prep
Upgrade your normal boring lunch with this incredibly delicious spicy Thai chicken salad! It is filling, flavorful and cheaper than running to Panera for lunch. I like to store this salad in a 32oz mason jar.
The key to storing salads in mason jars is the layers. At the bottom of the mason jar, you’ll pour some dressing, then add your chicken and peanuts on top of that. Next, you’ll drop in your vegetable toppings (cabbage, carrots, edamame, and bell pepper).
Then at the top of the jar will be your romaine lettuce. Your chicken will soak up some dressing for extra flavor and when you dump your salad into a bowl, everything will be in the perfect order and nothing will be soggy! My favorite size mason jar to use are these 32oz ones.
Other Easy Chicken Recipes
If you are like me you are likely always on the hunt for easy and delicious chicken recipes. This Keto Chicken and Vegetable Soup is one of my favorites. It is the perfect low carb comfort food! Some of my other family favorites include:
- One-Pan Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta
- White Bean Chicken Chili Verde
- Greek Chicken Skewers
- Keto Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap
More Easy Recipes to try
- 1 Thai Grilled Chicken breast, sliced (recipe linked below)
- 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- ¼ cup purple cabbage, shredded
- ¼ cup carrot, shredded
- ¼ cup red pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup cooked edamame
- 1-2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Top with: peanuts and Thai Chili Vinaigrette (recipe link below)
1. Assemble salad with lettuce, cabbage, carrots, red pepper, edamame, and cilantro
2. Top with sliced Grilled Thai Chicken, peanuts and Thai Chili Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 746mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 64g