my favorite way to eat salad.

When I lived in Frederick, my hands-down favorite place to go for lunch was Panera. I ate there at least two or three times a week, and almost always ordered the same thing - half Frontega chicken panini with either chicken noodle or broccoli cheese soup. Not quite healthy, at least the sandwich, but so, so good.

Panera was also the first time I ever saw anyone put fruit on a salad. It seemed a little weird, especially with chicken too, but after a while that became my favorite way to eat a salad.

This recipe is adapted from Southern Living's Baby Blue salad, though I've changed it a bit to suit my taste.

Summer Fruit Salad

1 bag spring mix salad greens
1/2 pint strawberries, quartered
1/2 pint blueberries
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Mix all ingredients together and serve with your favorite salad dressing.

There are lots of salad dressing options for this - most any vinaigrette tastes really good, and Panera serves theirs with a poppyseed dressing. I often leave off the dressing all together - I've found that the juice from the orange and strawberries is almost enough for me by itself.

Also, vary it by adding whatever fuits you like. I've added dried cranberries, and I've always thought bits of apples or maybe grapes would be good, too.

For more healthy fruit recipes, visit the Watchin' What We Eat Wednesday - Fruits Edition.


  1. not to completely gross you out, but remember the grasshopper? i remember that you vowed never to eat at panera again :)

  2. This sounds so good! Thanks for participating in WWWEW! I hope to see you next week!

  3. Sprinkle on a few sliced toasted almonds or crushed pecans for a little crunch. Yummo! I love a textured salad.

  4. Sounds so good!
    It looks like it would be a great summer salad.

  5. Sounds delicious to me :)

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  7. I think fruit adds something to salads!...this sounds delicious

  8. Oh yum!!! I'm trying to eat healthier... but why is it all the bad food is cheaper? :)

  9. While I have had a salad with fruit on it before, I never thought to make my own. Too skeerd, I guess ;) hehe

    It sounds awful yummy to me though!

  10. This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing.



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