Donna's Copycat Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

So I went to Panera Bread the other day and enjoyed their Fuji Apple Chicken salad. I have to say it was yummy. But after I went to the website and read the nutritional content I was less than pleased. A 500+ Calorie salad and a ton of ingredient names in the dressing I can't even pronounce. Although one that I can pronounce is Propelyn Glycol, which is found in lighter fluid. Uh, yeah... I don't think so.

So I took it upon myself to make a similar salad.

Salad Fixin's
Romain Lettuce (they used mixed Spring Greens)
Red Onion
Pecans (just a few per salad)
Dried Apple Chips
Gorgonzola Cheese (just enough)
Rotisserie Chicken (Breast only No Skin)

Donna's Fake Fuji Apple Dressing (6 servings)
    2 T. Olive Oil
    1 T. White Balsamic Vinegar
    1 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
    1 T. Garlic Powder
    1 T. Onion Powder
    1 1/2 t. Dijon Mustard
    3 T. Organic Frozen Applejuice Concentrate

Theirs: 80 Calories 6 g. Fat and full of processed crud.
Calories 55.5
  Total Fat 4.5 g
      Saturated Fat 0.6 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 3.3 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 32.6 mg
  Potassium 36.9 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 3.3 g
      Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
      Sugars 2.1 g
  Protein 0.3 g


  1. Sounds delicious - I love tv cooking shows and they always empasise that you should buy good quality oils as they have much more flavour.....Not sure if I have managed to do it yet but I avoid the home brand ones....Fitsy series of Australian Masterchef is on here at the moment and cooking is my new will have to try your salad...

  2. Sounds yummy. Just a few questions... The T of garlic and onion powder seems really quite a bit. I'm confirming you meant T and not tsp - right?

    Also, is the calorie count for 1T or 2?


  3. smplocher, I meant Tablespoon -- that's we roll in our house; lots of garlic and onion. :)

    Don't fear the garlic powder... we still have friends. :)

    There's a bit of vinegar, and the apple cider stuff is pretty tangy, so tough to flavor I think.

    Work with what's good to you! :)

  4. Anonymous11:02 AM

    So did the dressing you made (honestly) taste like Panera's? I'm in LOVE with that Salad and if I could make it at home then I could save myself the trip. See, I live (and work) closer to an Atlanta Bread Company...but it's just not the same! And no Fuji Apple Chicken Salad!

  5. Kristal, it does to me. I get more hits on this blog because of this recipe!!! :)

  6. Thanks, will try your recipe!I LOVE this salad, and added a few craisins to it last time I bought it. That dressing is so awesome....thank you again!

  7. I made this and found it very bitter. If any one else has the same problem, I adjusted mine a bit and added an extra T olive oil, and then a T of honey and a T of sugar. I also only used 1/4tsp of garlic and 1/4tsp of onion powder, and it's still very garlic-y! Guess it's back to playing with numbers for me!. :)

  8. I haven't made your dressing but I found another recipe that's really good...mix 1/2 cup low fat sour cream, 1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate and two tablespoons honey.

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  10. Anonymous4:47 PM

    You go Donna! looking forward to trying your recipe.

  11. I tried it. Pretty close to Panera. But the garlic and onion was extremely overwhelming for me. I think maybe cutting those down to a teaspoon or less would be better. But thanks for the recipe! I wouldn't have known where to begin!


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