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Jul 16 2018
3 months ago
3:40 PM MDT

Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Copycat Recipe)

Jul 16, 2018 @ 3:40 PM MDT
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Napa Almond Chicken Salad Panera Copycat Recipe – Combine ingredients in a bowl

Love chicken salad sandwiches?

One of my favorites is Panera Bread’s tangy and sweet Napa chicken salad featuring red grapes, almonds, and crunchy celery, all mixed together with a creamy lemony dressing. It’s a completely delicious and fresh tasting meal worth swooning over.

The good news is, it’s easy and affordable to make a similar salad at home for your entire family, and today I’m sharing my DIY version!

Napa Almond Chicken Salad Panera Copycat Recipe – the ingredients laid out on the counter

Have leftover cooked chicken?! This is a perfect way to use it!

I boiled a couple chicken breasts and then chopped them into small cubes for this batch, but you can use rotisserie chicken or any shredded chicken you may have on hand.

Please feel free to omit or adapt any of these ingredients or amounts to taste. I love mayo, but your family may prefer plain Greek yogurt instead. I personally love the sweetness of grapes and the crunchiness of almonds, but, again, all that can be adapted!

Napa Almond Chicken Salad Panera Copycat Recipe – stirring the ingredients

Napa Almond Chicken Salad (Panera Copycat Recipe)

Serves: 6


For the Salad:

  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grapes, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon agave sweetener (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  • Step 1:

    In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for salad.

  • Step 2:

    In a separate small dish, whisk together all ingredients for dressing.

  • Step 3:

    Pour dressing over salad and combine well. Refrigerate.

  • Step 4:

    Serve with sandwich bread or as desired.

  • Step 5:

    Note: This salad should be used within 3-5 days and kept properly refrigerated.

Additional Notes

Recipe idea adapted from

Napa Almond Chicken Salad Panera Copycat Recipe – on bread as a sandwich

What a perfect make-ahead lunch!

Chicken salad, in general, is one of my favorite make-ahead lunches. The leftovers remain delicious, and you can take it with you on the road or in a cooler to the beach to make sandwiches. My family loves this yummy Napa Almond Chicken Salad, and I think yours will, too!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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