I ended up ordering the new Panera Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Citrus Salad because I saw the display poster and it sounded healthy. It has been snowing a lot lately, so we decided on the nearby Panera Bread so I wouldn’t have to drive far. Some women were standing in front of the poster so I only saw a part of the name, so I had no idea what to expect. I just told the cashier I wanted the “new beet salad on that sign,” and sat down with my table tracker and waited.
I was hesitant at first when I saw the quinoa. Whenever I see quinoa, I expect the meal to be bland. But with the help of the roasted beets, pecans and oranges, this salad was enjoyable. When I took a few bites, I was impressed. I made it about three-quarters of the way through until I started to get sick of it. I blame the crunchy texture of the kale.
Their site says the salad has “Arugula, romaine, kale and radicchio blend and pickled red onions tossed in apple cider vinaigrette and topped with quinoa, Gorgonzola, roasted beets, mandarin oranges and toasted pecan pieces.” I usually dislike raw onions, but these pickled red onions weren’t bad!
It is 490 calories for a whole salad, 240 for half. I had the You Pick Two, so mine was half a salad and was still too much for me. For a half with the You Pick Two, it costs $5.39 at my location. You can see more details about the Panera Roasted Beet, Quinoa and Citrus Salad on their site here.
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