Panera's Strawberry Poppyseed Salad Is Back And Customers Are Thrilled

Panera Bread has announced the arrival of summer by bringing back this warm weather favorite. Listed as the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken on the Panera menu, the meal has just 360 calories and costs $11.49 and comes with a side — it's available in most markets. Fans on Facebook are absolutely thrilled for its return, with one who shared, "The strawberry poppy seed salad is my absolute favorite! Love it!!" And another happy fan shouted out, "This is my favorite salad anywhere, I just wish the fruits could be year-round so they could sell it all the time."

In fact, waiting for this salad is almost the mark of the new season for another fan who said, "I have been waiting all winter for this. I have had quite a few so far this year!!! Many more to come!!! YUM!!!"

There are, of course, some diners who aren't quite as interested. Some fans don't feel the product quite lives up to last year's hype, while others say it's good but they have different Panera Bread favorites. Either way, simply looking at this colorful meal harkens to the coming warmer weather. Here is what you need to know about the ingredients. 

Panera's summer salad is packed with fruit

Beyond the base of Romaine lettuce, Panera Bread lists the ingredients of their Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken as including strawberries (obviously), pecans, chicken, fresh pineapple, fresh blueberries, and mandarin oranges — all covered in the brand's signature Poppyseed dressing. Panera at Home goes a step further in describing the delicious summer salad so you can make it yourself if you don't have a location nearby. 

Using the chain's signature dressing, you'll also need 2 full cups of fresh fruit plus an 11-ounce can of mandarin oranges. Perhaps we should suggest a name change to "Packed Full of Fruits Salad"?

Like all Panera meals, customers can choose how they wish to enjoy this dish. Whether dining inside or grabbing takeout, patrons can add a side of French baguette, an apple (for more fruit), or a bag of chips. Soups are also available at an upgraded price.

Summer is going to be here for a limited time only, and this salad likely will be too, so enjoy it while you can.