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Panera’s Thai Salad

April 25, 2011

St. Louis weather is so gloomy lately! First we had terrible tornadoes and now we have days and days of rain causing flooding. One day I will run outside again…that I promise you. Instead I brought my workout indoors this morning and completed a made up “3-2-1” workout. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill (threw in some speed intervals), then 20 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the stair stepper. I didn’t wear a sweat-wicking shirt and boy could you tell! I finished with some abs.


Brightened my day a bit with a springy outfit.

Shirt: Polo, Skirt: Old Navy, Belt: Mom's, Shoes: Bakers


After having plain oatmeal with Barney Butter at Mary Cecilia’s this weekend I remembered how much I love the taste of plain oats (and even the sticky texture of microwave oats!) So today instead of whipping banana into my oats I just sliced half on top along with my TJ’s Valencia Peanut Butter. The chia seeds still changed the texture of the oats though…I might do a purist bowl sometime soon.

The rainy weather meant I was craving soup for lunch. I walked up to the market next door and out of the 10 soup options not a single one was vegetarian. I decided to try the cafe down the street and they had run out of their vegetarian soup. So I gave up and drove to Whole Foods. I wanted to try two of their soups so I got a small bowl of each: veggie bean chili and a whole grain rice and veggie soup.

I loved the heartiness of the rice soup, but the flavor of the chili won me over. I had an apple in the car on the way back to work.

*work work work*

I had to go grocery shoppingΒ  so I actually went back to Whole Foods on the way home. Twice in one day! I picked up my staples but avoided the hot bar because I had another dinner option in mind: Panera’s new Thai Salad. I had wanted to get it last week but the Panera I tried was closed! Tonight’s post-vacation laziness made grabbing a take-out dinner too good to pass up.

I ordered the salad without chicken or wonton strips, and despite the picture I took it was actually full of carrots, peppers, and edamame. The dressing was a combination of a peanut sauce and a Thai chili sauce and I loved it! I would definitely get this salad again and love that I can get vegetarian protein from the edamame.

After dinner I ate the rest of my mom’s steamed sugar snap peas, and I’m contemplating trying the carob chips I picked up today. I lost my voice in Hilton Head likely due to some mild allergies and I’m still hoarse and sniffly. Early bed time tonight hoping to be ready for 6am spin tomorrow!

  • What’s your go-to order from Panera? (or St. Louis Bread Company as it’s called here).

I’ve gone through phases. When I was younger I loved the chicken wild rice soup, then the broccoli cheddar, then the French onion. I also used to live for the Bacon Turkey Bravo! Now I switch it up depending on my mood – I love the black bean soup and the vegetable soup, but also a bunch of the salads and the mediterannean veggie sandwich. All so good!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2011 7:59 pm

    I have never had Panera, I don’t have one where I live– but all the food from what I see on people’s blogs looks amazing!

  2. April 25, 2011 7:59 pm

    I’ve tried that salad and really enjoyed it. I can’t decide if I really love the sauce or if there is just something off about it. LoL. My usual order from Panera is 1/2 a veggie sandwich and black bean soup.

  3. April 25, 2011 7:59 pm

    I LOVE PANERA! They have THE BEST SALADS! Right now, my go-to would actually have to be the Thai Chicken Salad! I love the spicy kick and the edamame! I am also a huge fan of their black bean soup. Overall, I heart Panera.

  4. Abby permalink
    April 25, 2011 8:02 pm

    I love their Orchard Harvest salad that they have in the Fall/Winter. It has chicken, spring mix, pecans, blue cheese, dried cherries, pears, and a cherry balsamic dressing. The Cinnamon Crunch bagels are also deadly! lol.

    • April 25, 2011 9:20 pm

      Oh my….I love the Cinnamon Crunch bagels too, and now, I’m craving one! Haha

  5. April 25, 2011 8:16 pm

    Greek salad! With chicken! And no pesky red onions! Haha πŸ™‚
    I hope the rain ends soon…flooding is scary!
    Carob is delightful! Thats what I grew up on; we had carob brownies and carob zuchinni bread and this xmas I got carob-covered almonds in my stocking! Mmm

  6. April 25, 2011 8:26 pm

    I love the broccoli cheddar soup! I love to dip my bread in it!

  7. April 25, 2011 8:29 pm

    I LOVE your outfit!

  8. April 25, 2011 8:39 pm

    I usually do the “You Pick Two” and do a 1/2 cafe salad and 1/2 black bean soup. I love their black bean soup! The whole grain bagels there are also my very favorite.

  9. April 25, 2011 8:45 pm

    BAKERS!!! Since NC does not have a Steve Madden store, (blasphemy if you ask me,) Bakers has become my new favorite. Love love love that store!

    I have never been to Panera but I keep seeing it on the blogs and think I have to try it soon..

  10. pbprincess11 permalink
    April 25, 2011 9:05 pm

    Panera is my favorite place to eat ever!! I have tried that salad and its really good but my favorite is the strawberry poppy seed salad they have in the summer. Every time I had it, it had the freshest fruit ever! I also love Panera’s whole wheat baguette!

  11. April 25, 2011 9:28 pm

    Love Panera! The strawberry salad is my FAVE!!

  12. Paige permalink
    April 25, 2011 9:29 pm

    I don’t think a day goes by where I seriously consider getting Panera for dinner. I also go in phases; my current obsessions are the black bean soup, thai salad (no chicken), or the pesto vegetable soup. When I ate meat I would love the Turkey Bacon Bravo and the Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. I also love love love love their pumpkin muffies and cinnamon crunch bagels w/ hazelnut cream cheese. YUM!

  13. April 25, 2011 9:31 pm

    Believe it or not – I have never had Panera, no such thing in Canada! Next trip to the US it is on my list though!

  14. April 25, 2011 9:34 pm

    I love plain-jane oats! Like seriously, sometimes I will cook 1/2 cup of oats and just eat them like that (of course with a little milk to cool them down!). But I also love adding berries to them. I don’t have a Panera near me so I don’t really know what my favorites would be. I do know that I love their vegetable soup from the times I have been there and I love the bread it comes with!

  15. April 25, 2011 9:42 pm

    first, that skirt is toooo cute! is it from this season??

    i’ve been eating the thai salad a lot lately. i always get the pick 2 with a half salad and cup of soup. tomorrow’s order for our work meal is the thai salad and french onion soup. πŸ™‚

  16. April 25, 2011 10:01 pm

    Cute outfit girl! πŸ™‚ I love the skirt. I’ve never been to Panera before but I would have loved that Thai Salad. Anything that includes peanut sauce is a win to me πŸ˜‰

  17. April 25, 2011 10:52 pm

    Carob chips are AMAZING. I love em so much.
    And I’ve never actually been to panera… I really want to though.

  18. April 26, 2011 5:20 am

    Saw on the news the tornado action down that way… Excellent outfit! Skirts hot


  19. April 26, 2011 7:44 am

    I reallllly like your 3 2 1 workout. I definitely wouldn’t get bored! πŸ™‚

  20. April 26, 2011 7:57 am

    ahh I am so sick of the rain here—I ran 14 miles in the pouring rain on Saturday, looked like a drowned rat by the end of it πŸ™‚

    Love your skirt!!

  21. April 26, 2011 8:28 am

    I like the Thai salad at Panera. The kick is suprising!

  22. April 26, 2011 9:06 am

    LOVE your skirt girl! And that salad looks delish!

  23. April 26, 2011 10:19 am

    Love, love, love that you bought three different kinds of soups!!!

  24. April 26, 2011 2:44 pm

    I probably shouldn’t comment, but I’m going to anyway;-) Bread Co. used to be one of my favorites…that is, until chemo. If you are familiar with the Downtown Siteman location, at WashU and Barnes-Jewish, there is a Bread Co. just across the street. During every chemo, which was about 5 hrs. long, the hubby would go load up on a huge assortment of foods from there and would have them waiting for me when I woke up from my Benadryl-imposed sleep. It was great! But while I never got sick on the food, just the thought of it now makes me want to gag! I guess it’s just the association between the two: chemo and Bread Co. Blech. Can’t do it. And it makes me sad because I used to really like it!

    Maybe someday I will be able to handle it again:-)

  25. lauren permalink
    April 26, 2011 11:10 pm

    I just had that same salad the other night w/o wantons but with chicken πŸ™‚ I was waiting all day to go there to have the strawberry poppyseed salad but the panera i went to doesn’t have it yet so i went with the thai salad. I looooove cilantro and that salad has a copious amount of it πŸ™‚ made my belly happy

  26. April 27, 2011 1:00 pm

    any place selling ten meaty soups and zero veggie soups does not deserve to stay in business. you should boycott them and tell everyone else to do the same!


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