greek salad

by ann

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When we lived in Sugar Land, Saturdays were for Panera Bread. My mom would peek into my room, waking me up for coffee. It was one of the very few things I would drag myself out of bed for: hazelnut coffee and a toasted everything bagel. Yum.

In high school, my world had a three mile radius from my home. Panera was a staple, a key place for juicy, very important conversations with my bestie. It was also where I obnoxiously took up a table for hours when I was studying for the DAT after college. I’ve got fond memories of that place.

Anyway, whenever I went during lunch, I would hem and haw but would always get the Greek salad. It was fresh and tangy and I felt fairly virtuous ordering it, even if I paired it with a sandwich.

Center City just got a Panera recently (!!!) but it’s a walk from where I live. After gorging myself on pastries during my recent trip abroad, I’ve been dying for more greens. Here’s the byproduct of my Panera + greens cravings:

greek salad.
for one serving
1/2 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 plum tomato, diced
2 red onion slices, diced
7 peperoncini slices
5 kalamata olives, pitted
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

greek salad dressing.
for 4-5 servings
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored! It’s just me expressing my Panera Bread love.