So I have a bit of a foodie confession... I LOVE Panera Bread. I know, I know, in a land of gourmet and gastropubs I admire what some consider to be "fast food". I just want to clear that up... it's NOT fast food. Panera is fresh food, fast. Do they use that in their marketing already? If not, they should!

I recently got word that there are new items on the menu for summer. Some old favorites and some soon to be staples are back on the boards at Panera Bread. Their ever-popular Strawberry Poppyseed and Chicken Salad is back after much demand. The fresh strawberries and blueberries compliment the yummy Mandarin oranges and pineapple, oh, and those good old pecans for a bit of crunch, topped with all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken and a drizzle of their fat-free poppyseed dressing. I mean that's pretty much summer in a bowl!

This summer they are also introducing a new salad offering, the Chilled Shrimp and Soba Noodle Salad. Combine soba noodles tossed with Napa cabbage and peanut sauce alongside fresh baby spinach tossed with orange miso dressing and top it off with tender cooked shrimp and sesame seeds for a new favorite! Panera’s farm raised white shrimp is natural and free of additives. It is cooked with the shell on for best flavor, before being peeled and cut.

Cool off with two new sweet sippers too! Try the new Frozen Cherry Limeade or the Tropical Hibiscus Iced Tea. 

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