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Imitation as flattery: Copycat Fuji apple chicken salad

Which came first? The Fuji apple salad or the Panera Fuji apple salad?

I guess it doesn’t matter, because even if you think you “invented” a recipe, most likely someone has done the same thing — unless you attempted to use grape Kool-Aid in your frosting recipe rather than powdered sugar as my brother, Robert, has done. Now that was an interesting cake.

I fell in love with the Fuji apple chicken salad at Panera Bread. I found it fairly simple to re-create; and when I compared my version to those online, they were pretty similar. Nailed it!


*Note: Salad is in the eye of the beholder. You know how “much” of an item you like, so we’ll let you choose how many onions, tomatoes and apple chips.

  • A bag of mixed greens. Don’t forget to prewash.
  • Apple chips. Some like the crunchy; I prefer slightly soft.
  • 2 large, baked chicken breasts, sliced, diced or shredded.
  • Candied pecans or walnuts.
  • I love the tasty little flavor-bomb tomatoes available at my local grocery store. Just slice them in half.
  • 1 cup of Gorgonzola cheese in crumbles. You can substitute blue cheese if you’re not a Gorgonzola fan.
  • Red onion sliced very thin.
  • You can go with a white balsamic vinaigrette, a traditional balsamic vinegar or buy the Panera Fuji apple salad dressing.


Simply mix your salad and drizzle dressing to taste. A dash of black pepper is always welcome on my salad. Enjoy.

What restaurant favorite would you like to make at home? Let me know by sending an email to mary@m3group.biz.