Copycat Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad

Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad is a salad that so many people love. This salad is perfect for low carb and keto diets (just eliminate the pickled onions). Best of all the Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad doesn’t taste like you are on a diet.

Copycat Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad in a white bowl
Fans of salads love Panera Bread. All of their ingredients are fresh like crisp greens and vine-ripened tomatoes. Panera creates flavorful salad combinations that are not only unique but also delicious. And, all of Panera’s salad ingredients have no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners.

Panera’s Green Goddess Salad

At Panera, the Green Goddess Salad has seen many variations as each chef has added his or her own special touch to the original. If you go to Panera, your Green Goddess Cobb Salad will have a base of fresh mixed greens and tomato wedges. Some thin slices of pickled red onions add some sweet tanginess.

Then everything is tossed together with chopped bacon, avocado, and a hard-boiled egg. And then, of course, the famous Green Goddess dressing, which is made fresh every day. You can choose to add chicken raised without antibiotics.

Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad in a white bowl with a fork next to it.

About Panera Bread

Panera began life as a cookie store thirty-five years ago. Today it’s a well-known chain with over 2,000 bakery-cafes. Panera realized that many people wanted something more than just processed fast food. When going out to eat, they were not only hungry they were hungry for real food served in an engaging environment.

Panera is not in the business of serving you and then getting you out the door as quickly as possible – they want you to linger and enjoy the Panera experience. Read more about the history and evolution of Panera Bread.

How to make this recipe low carb?

There is one step in making this recipe low carb, remove the pickled onions. If you simply omit the pickled onions you remove all but 5 carbs in this recipe.

The Goddess of Dressings

You may not know that a salad dressing could have a history, but the Green Goddess salad dressing draws on a rich tradition that goes back four hundred years. The basics of the Green Goddess dressing reach back to the 17th Century when the personal chef to the French king Louis XIII created the first Green Goddess dressing.

Green Goddess the Movie

In 1923 Philip Roemer, the chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco wished to pay homage to actor George Arliss, the star of the silent movie Green Goddess. Roemer made a Green Goddess dressing, achieving its colorful hue with a tasty combination of parsley, chives, tarragon, and scallions. To read more about the history of the Green Goddess dressing, click here.

Make Panera Green Goddess Salad at Home

You don’t have to go to Panera to enjoy this beautiful salad. You can make it at home from the same fresh ingredients that Panera uses. So sit down and enjoy your Green Goddess salad and share its long and storied history with your family. Your taste buds will tell you that it’s worth it.

Check out this recipe for parmesan chicken wings for a tasty appetizer to enjoy before the salad.

A copycat version of the Panera Bread Green Goddess Salad

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Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad is perfect for those who are following a low carb or keto diet.

Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad

Make your own copycat Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad. This recipe is perfect for low carb and keto friendly diets. 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low Carb, Panera Bread Green Goddess Cobb Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 1175kcal


Pickled Onions

  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Salad Assembly

  • 6` ounces salad blend use arugula, romaine, kale, and raicchio blend
  • 6 ounces grilled chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons crisply cooked bacon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped avocado
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 hard boiled egg cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pickled onions

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup packed watercress cleaned and tough stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Pickled Onions

  • Slice onions as thin as possible, I like to use the 1/8 inch setting on my mandolin. Place the onions in a glass far. In a small bowl combine white vinegar, sugar, salt, and warm water. Stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. These should rest about 30 minutes for using.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

  • Place all of the dressing ingredients in the bowl of a blender or food processor and blend for about 30-45 seconds, or until the salad dressing is mostly smooth and creamy. 

Salad Assembly

  • Place the salad in the bottom of a large salad bowl.   Thinly slice the chicken breast, and place onto the lettuce.  Add bacon, chopped avocado, chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, hard-boiled egg halves, and pickled onions.  Drizzle over as much salad dressing as desired.  Remaining salad dressing can be stored in an air-tight container for 1 week. 



This recipe is only low carb if you eliminate the pickled onions from this recipe.


Calories: 1175kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 102g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 3603mg | Potassium: 1320mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 4930IU | Vitamin C: 94.5mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 6.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Sharon

    I have ordered this salad twice from Panera and it did not have bacon or feta. Maybe if those two were left out it would more lower calories

  2. Kim

    I see that the green goddess dressing calls for tarragon leaves, flat leaf parsley and water cress. I’m assuming all of these are fresh? I couldn’t find these at Walmart. I live in a rural area. Do you think they would carry them at Publix? If so, would they be on the lettuce aisle? Thanks in advance!

    • Stephanie

      Please use fresh herbs. You should find them near the lettuce. Most stores carry the flat-leaf parsley, the watercress and tarragon can be harder to find, Publix should have them.

  3. mimi

    I read all the nutrition information. I have had a heart attack and am diabetic. I never use sugar – only stevia. 1500 mg of sodium a day. I take prescription potassium, heart meds, blood pressure pills, metformin. I am 73 years old.

  4. Mr Fish

    5 stars
    Good effort, good result, good job!

    One suggestion, When your computer nerds format recipes for print, It should be done with the idea of printing on one page only. In other words, the print version doesn’t need to have Course, cuisine, keywords or Nutrition facts information. If I was going to create a handwritten version of your recipe I certainly would not include any of that nonsense, now would I?

    • Stephanie

      Thank you, I will be sure to work with the developer on this. You bring up a great point. We are working on this, most recipes print on one page, but there is variability in the length of each recipe. I appreciate your feedback.


    • S Smith

      5 stars
      Mr Fish, You may find it all nonsense, but not everyone does. I actually include the nutritional values when I write down a recipe and am sure others do if they have family members with health conditions. If you have family with different conditions and different needs that you cook for, then you would likely not find it ‘nonsense”. For example one member of my family has had a heart attack so has salt and cholesterol restrictions, one has carb issues because they are trying to lose weight and another, has severe kidney disease and the whole lot is important to try and prevent the degeneration of her kidneys any further. Not everyone sees the world the way you do as some of us actually have health issues where this ‘nonsense’ is actually important. As I collect recipes to try for various family members, having this info is vital. It would be easier if everyone could eat the same things, but life isn’t like that. For Stephanie: So Stephanie, when you speak with your team to sort this, please don’t remove the nutritional facts from the recipe print out. It is important to many of us and with an aging population and a young population interested in staying healthy, this information is only ever going to remain important, even if some don’t find it so right now. Thank you for your recipes!

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