Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

The Fuji apple salad with chicken is a copycat of the popular Panera Bread  dinner salad recipe with a  zippy Green Apple vinaigrette.
Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors Envy Apples, Bob’s Red Mill, Republic of Tea, Flahavan’s Irish Oats, Nairn’s, Taylor & Colledge, Zyliss, Chocoley, and Torani  have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

For my  third recipe to include in #AppleWeek, I have put together a tasty and healthy dinner salad which is actually a clone  of the popular Fuji apple  salad with chicken served at the Panera Bread Company (St. Louis Bread Company) and utilizes Torani’s green apple puremade syrup  to get the exact flavor it needs.

Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

It might  be just a sheer stroke of luck to receive Torani’s product in the mail to use for #AppleWeek right at the very time it needed to be there. You see,  I love Torani and use their stuff all the time. I actually have a coffee bar with tons of bottles of those syrups  lined up for any  occasion. Then for Apple Week, something  with the sign-ups was mangled and I somehow had missed the signups as I thought I was in   for that. But Camilla Mann came to my rescue and arranged with them to have the product sent anyway.

But here’s the thing. On the very  day my product  arrived (Green Apple Puremade syrup   and Caramel  syrups)  I had tasted it-  you know.  Who can resist? But then had gone out to eat lunch  the next day  at Panera.  I  still  had  that yum  apple flavor on  my  mind when  I ordered,  and chose their apple salad because Torani had me craving apple.

Torani Puremade

And at  the  first bite, I loved their salad dressing  (not to mention those nice crisp apple chips) and I thought- “Danged if  it  doesn’t taste like  their vinaigrette has that Torani syrup in it?” and laughed out loud. So good and  so sure was I, that when I left  the restaurant I went straight to  the grocer  and got my rotisserie chicken and  accoutrements for the salad, including apple chips. And  then had the salad again for dinner- with a couple  of  very small exceptions.

Personalizing My  Plate

I switched out the  Gorgonzola they  used for gouda cheese instead, because you  know.  Apple and gouda is very good-a!  And I  felt  that sliced red grapes would be superior to  their choice  of cherry  tomatoes. And it was.

But trust me on the dressing. The Torani syrup has that kick  of  green  apple and sweetness that you won’t be getting without.  Well you “could” if you mucked  about with  apple juice and sweetener, but the point  is that you don’t have to.

Just Sheer Luck

And  this might not be posted today  if  there hadn’t been that mix-up and the taste of this syrup fresh on my mind. Who knows? The  universe might  unravel  with Doc Brown from Back to the Future screaming about some  paradox. And Marty McFly  might not ever be  born.

So enjoy and know all  is right in the  world. I do  love my dinner salads, especially with  a  rotisserie chicky- they make life easy after a hard day of…what was I doing  to  wear me out? *laughs* Shopping usually does it. Being hit in the shin with a  shopping cart and dodging unruly  children horsing around–all the usual  stuff. I love kids but dang. They make grocery shopping  rough- whether they  are someone else’s kids or  if you are unfortunate enough  to  have them in tow.

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Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

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Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Salad dressings
Cuisine American
Servings 1


Salad Ingredients:

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • organic baby lettuces
  • Babybel mini baby gouda cheese sliced
  • sliced red onion
  • halved red seedless grapes
  • toasted candied pecans
  • crisp apple chips Bare Fuji and Reds
  • green apple vinaigrette below

Vinaigrette ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Torani Puremade Green Apple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Bragg's apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Whisk together vinaigrette and serve over salad.
  • Store remaining vinaigrette in refrigerator until needed (makes about 1-3/4 cups)


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword apples, Green Apple Vinaigrette
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Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken

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10 responses

  1. Adding the syrup to the dressing is genius! I am going to have to try this before the kiddos use all my green apple syrup. Little Dude and the neighbor kid have been enjoying mixing drinks with it.

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