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Panera Bread – Updated Gluten-Free Menu

It dawned on me the other day that it had been a while since I got an updated menu from Panera Bread. I went to their site to view the newest menu & compared to the list I had and it was outdated. I immediately sent out an email and just got this back from Pat.

Dear Kim,
Thank you for contacting Panera Bread.

I have included below a list of our menu items that do not contain gluten-containing ingredients. However, because we bake fresh bread daily in our bakery-cafes and bread is core to our menu, we simply cannot ensure that there has been no contact between these items, or any other menu items, and gluten.

Not all of the items listed are currently on our menu and some new menu items have not yet been evaluated for the purposes of inclusion on this list. However, you can find complete ingredients listings for current menu items on our website. (When you choose a menu item in our online Nutrition Calculator, click on the “ingredients” link for ingredients information for that item.)

Please note that nutritional information on our website is updated periodically. New products may be available in our bakery-cafes before a periodic update of this site. In addition, some menu items may be available only on a regional, test or seasonal basis. Nutritional information about these menu items is available at the participating bakery-cafes. Tests of new recipes of existing products may be conducted from time to time in certain markets. These new recipes may contain different/additional ingredients, including allergens, as compared to the original version. Nutritional information about these menu items is available at the participating bakery-cafes. For the most update-to-date information, please call or visit your nearest bakery-cafe to speak with a manager.

Thank you again for contacting us. We appreciate your business and value your comments.

Sincerely,
Pat
Customer Comment Coordinator

GLUTEN FREE LIST – Panera Bread **

**Although we try to meet your special requirements, we cannot ensure that these items have not come into contact with gluten in our bakery-café.

** Gorgonzola and bleu cheeses are commonly made with mold incubated on wheat. Some may choose to avoid these cheeses for this reason and you may substitute another cheese if you prefer. Items containing these ingredients are indicated below with (G) or (BC).

Salads: (including the salad dressing)
(source of modified food starch is corn)

Greek Salad Fandango Salad (G)

Caesar Salad (without croutons)

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (without croutons)

Mediterranean Salmon Salad

Salmon Caesar Salad (without croutons)

Asian Sesame Chicken Salad (without Won Ton noodles)

Classic Cafe Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (G)

California Mission Chicken Salad

Orchard Harvest Chicken Salad (G)

Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad (G)

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad

Soups:
Low Fat Vegetarian Black Bean
Cuban Black Bean and Lentil
Vegetarian Roasted Red Pepper & Lentil
Vegetarian Butternut Squash
Creamy Tomato (without croutons)
Low-Fat Vegetarian Southwest

Tomato & Roasted Corn

Turkey Chickpea Chili

Summer Corn Chowder

Low-Fat Chicken Tortilla Soup

Salad Dressings:
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Caesar
Greek
Poppyseed
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Asian Sesame Vinaigrette
White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Roasted Garlic &

Meyer’s Lemon Vinaigrette

BBQ Ranch

Beverages:
Coffee
Juice, both apple and orange
Lemonade
Milk
Soda, fountain and bottled
Tea, regular and Chai Tea
All lattes & Frozen beverages
Strawberry Smoothie
Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Gingerbread Latte
Panera Bread Potato Chips

I am especially excited about the Mediterranean Salmon Salad! I can’t wait to hit Panera & give this a try!

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46 comments to Panera Bread – Updated Gluten-Free Menu

  • Thrilled that you posted this, and very ironic as we were just talking Panera last night. (sick at home and needing soup!) I have been meaning to get an updated list.

    Great minds think alike.

    Thanks Kim!

  • ashley

    Panera has a large binder behind the registers for those that make the hurried choice to eat there. They list wheat and gluten as two separate ingredients. They are always accommodating when I request the list/binder. I'm thrilled they have updated their soups to more than just corn chowder!!!! Had creamy tomato and it was bliss!

  • Thanks for the updated list! We love Panera, particularly their soups.

  • Oooh – I need to try the creamy tomato.

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  • This pretty much just saved me! I love Panera but was so worried I wouldn't be able to eat there with this condition. Thank you so much. =)

  • Kim

    Alexa – So glad that it helped you!

  • Erin

    I just visited Panera this evening after looking at this post and they pulled out their binder and almost every single thing in the restaurant had gluten in it…I'm so confused. I spoke to the manager and he said that they marinate their chicken in a marinade that contains gluten, so any salad with chicken is out (if you want the chicken). Also, every single soup had gluten but the vegetarian veggie soup and black bean soup. He showed me the date of his list as well, to make sure it wasn't out of date. So, I am NOT saying your list is wrong in ANY way…I just want to make sure people check at their individual locations to be 100% sure. I was super disappointed because I LOVE Panera. Hoping all of y'alls locations are still okay!

    • I wonder if they changed the recipes? Perhaps I need to send another email to get an updated list. Thank you for letting me know.

    • Janet

      You are correct. I work there and almost everything has gluten in it, including the chicken. I was told that the only items that are gluten-free are the power bowls on the hidden menu. If you ask for them they are "off menu".

  • Mary

    We ate at Panera today. The order taker was very helpful pulling out the allergy information list for us to help us make a good decision. Based on what she had, my husband ordered the Fuji Apple Salad and Creamy Tomato Soup (w/o Croutons); He had a reaction later in the day. Since he has eaten there before and just had the berry salad, we first suspected the soup -it was very creamy! Well a search on line shows the Panera Cookbook ocntains a recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup that has 4 TBS of flour — so pretty sure it was the soup.
    Next time it will just be the salad for him!

  • Vivian

    Hey thanks for posting this great list! One question/concern: I ate at panera today and had the BBQ chopped chicken salad. I’m well aware that many BBQ sauces have gluten but since I saw it listed as GF on this list and another I figured I’d give it a go. Had a bit of a reaction and am wondering if the BBQ sauce they put on is different from what they use in heir BBQ ranch dressing?? I noticed that on the list the BBQ ranch dressing is noted as GF but the extra BBQ sauce (which I didn’t know to expect!) is not! Could it be that it’s not GF?? If you request a new list I’d really appreciate you asking about this! Thank you!!
    -Vivian

    Ps reading the above reviews, looks like it could have been the chicken, perhaps? Darn.

  • Shelley

    11/02/11: I really enjoyed Panera before I became gluten intolerant, but will not be returning there after my most recent experience. I sent an email message to Panera inquiring why they do not offer many gluten free options. The email that I received in response was a little rude. The lady from Panera sent the follow list to me:

    List of menu items that do not contain any gluten containing ingredients **

    **Although we try to meet your special requirements, we cannot ensure that these items have not come into contact with gluten in our bakery-café.

    ** Gorgonzola and bleu cheeses are commonly made with mold incubated on wheat. Some may choose to avoid these cheeses for this reason and you may substitute another cheese if you prefer. Items containing these ingredients are indicated below with (G) or (BC).

    Salads: (including the salad dressing)
    (source of modified food starch is corn)
    Greek Salad Caesar Salad (without croutons)
    Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (without croutons)
    Asian Sesame Chicken Salad (without Won Ton noodles)
    Classic Cafe Salad
    Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (G)
    Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad (G)
    BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad
    Seasonal Fruit Cups
    Chopped Steak & Blue Cheese (without crispy onions)
    Roasted Turkey Harvest Salad

    Salad Dressings:
    Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Caesar
    Greek/Herb Vinaigrette
    Asian Sesame Vinaigrette
    White Balsamic Vinaigrette
    BBQ Ranch
    BBQ Sauce
    Cherry Balsamic Dressing
    Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
    Light Buttermilk Ranch

    Soups:
    Low Fat Vegetarian Black Bean
    Creamy Tomato (without croutons)

    Beverages:
    Coffee
    Juice, both apple and orange
    Lemonade
    Milk
    Soda, fountain and bottled
    Tea, regular and Chai Tea

    All lattes & Frozen beverages
    Low-fat Strawberry Smoothie
    Low-Fat Mango Smoothie
    Low-fat Wild Berry Smoothie
    Hot Chocolate

    Panera Bread Potato Chips

    Cream Cheese Spreads

    Thanks,
    Shelley

    ps…..I ate the Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad and it made me sick.

  • Erin

    So glad to find this list…was worried I couldn't have my favorite Latte! :)

  • Erin

    uuughh, well maybe Im glad i found this list….just seeing that they aren't too sure and that you got sick…

  • vjw

    I eat at Panera's very often off the gluten free list and have never gotten sick. I guess we always risk cross-contamination though.

  • Roxy

    Having celiac you have to avoid gluten in all food all of the time, Its simple, don't put your health in the hands of restaurants, they are not REQUIRED to be gluten free since as far as I know there are NONE that market themselves that way. The only way to be gluten free is to cook and prepare your meals at home until one of us Celiac cooks open a gluten free cafe etc, this is the only way. It simply isnt worth it. You are allowed to bring in your own food and eat with your family/friends with this disease. Prepare something lovely and simply carry IN. Stick with unprocessed whole foods and you won't feel denied. cross contamination is inevatible, why risk it? People with bee allergies don't become bee keepers. C'mon people have some common sense.

    • Roxy,

      While I appreciate your point of view and advice, some people choose to eat out to socialize with friends or when they aren't able to get a meal at home/work/school for whatever reason. Some choices are better than others, and yes, if the establishment is entirely GF, the risk is the lowest. We do the best with what we can.

      Kim

  • Carolyn

    Thanks to everyone for the good info. After eating the Strawberry Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing both my mother & I got sick .
    Sounds like it was the darn chicken…very disappointing.

  • Kyla

    Yep, the chopped chicken cobb salad is a no go. The marinade must have quite a bit of gluten in it because I am not as sensitive as some other people. Also, I would avoid any soup. Stick with the salads without chicken and ask for no cheese. Watch them make it because the lady who made a salad for me accidentally put the gorgonzola cheese on it and then just picked it out! She didn't understand a lot of english so I just ate it. :-(

  • Jennilynn Parks

    I make delicious baked goods at home. There is practically nothing out there that you cannot substitute to make the recipe gluten free. There are wonderful gluten free flours to put in soups or baked goods. The last time I was at Panera was yesterday and I found out that we couldn't have the creamy tomato soup so I chose black bean. I had a greek salad and potato chips with iced tea. It was lovely, but it would be nice to have more of a selection. Panera Bread would make a killing if you folks would just add something like gluten free zucchini bread, a GF blueberry muffin or an apple something. There are so many of us out there and it would be so refreshing to be able to have a coffee and a fresh baked good for lunch or after shopping. You could be our savior. I know this is simple to do as I make it at home and serve it to people that are not GF and they do not know the difference.

    • Maria Larrain

      I agree. I can not understand why a place like Panera has no gluten free bread for sandwiches or muffins. You can go to your corner café or deli and get this. I guess the few gluten free people out there are a fly in the ointment to Panera

  • Jen Bryant

    Wow. I was at an event on Saturday where I
    was given a ‘gluten-free lunch’. I’m so, so sick!
    Cross contamination. *ugh*. Have I not carried
    my lunch in years past? Yes, with no issues.
    Never, ever again. Panera, your ‘wheat-rich’
    environment makes you too much of a health
    risk, even though there was no added gluten.
    Diner beware!!

  • Lynn

    My daughter works at Panera and says they try very hard to accommodate the Gluten impaired (my words not hers). Some people are soooo sensitive that just the flour dust in the air can make them sick. I get a rash on my thumb if I come in contact with gluten. They have always been very open to being educated on cross contamination and really seem to care. I find that (since I am newly diagnosed) my stomach is in such a damaged and sensitive condition even (GF) dairy causes my stomach to ache terribly. I hope it heals soon. This is difficult since we travel a lot. Good luck all.

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  • no gluten no glory

    I recently went gluten free, I do not have celiac but hypothyroidism. I was reading these posts and starting to feel a little disappointed that really, Panera doesn't look to be a good choice for gluten free. But then again, if you are gluten free you shouldn't go to a BREAD store for food! It may as well be called Panera Gluten. Ha ha

  • Amy

    Read this and was so excited to get a salad. Asked the manager at Dublin, ohio store. They “don’t know of anything on their menu that’s gluten free.” :(

  • If you have a Potbelly restaurant I have had much better luck with no reaction with their chicken salad avoiding the dressing and Jimmy John’s unwiches. The heck with Panera if they cannot accommodate!

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  • Heather

    What about the tuna salad or the almond chicken salad

  • Michelle

    I love Panera and eat gluten free. I can eat the greek salad with no problem. I don't use the dressing as there is so much wonderful feta that I don't' need it. I am wondering if anyone has found gluten free panera bread?

  • Cookie Greenwald Nusinov

    Attention All Panera Bread stores in the US in 2013 who & why are u fooling the public by saying ur stores have Gluten Free when u really don’t?? There are people all over the US who have some form of health problem such as Celiac Disease/Diabetes/High Cholesterol etc.etc.so being the wife of a husband who was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease ur company would definitely be alot better off if u started selling ur products for people with these major health issues!!!!

  • Barbara

    From reading these negative comments about you having gluten free items is SCARY!
    I'm gluten intolerant and have stomach reactions to some spices and seasonings, and sauces.
    I think its good to get a very professional dietitian in to help you with certain items. One reader wrote about the tomato soup.and having flour. Foods can be made now for us gluten free customers.
    Times are changing fast and a lot of eating places are getting items in to help us so we have more options. It's a nightmare for us. See what you can do. I sure miss eating you bread, desserts etc. I understand about the cross contamination thing. Maybe they can send in frozen rolls or something and just have a separate toaster oven for us. I don't know at this point. Someone out there will help us at corporate. Thanks for listening
    Hungry for desserts Barb

  • Anne

    I ate at Panera yesterday and asked for gluten-free options. The cashier said Black Bean Soup, but when I asked about the Turkey Chili, she looked in the binder and it didn't list wheat as an allergen. I ate it. It was yummy, but had slight stomach cramps all afternoon and was awake all night with nausea and other intestinal issues. Grr.

  • Regina

    Sorry- but i think that Panera Bread needs to do a better job to accommodate people with gluten sensitivity. Eventually, they will need too. Is it too much to ask for them to also offer a gluten free bread option? If restaurants can do, so can Panera Bread.

  • terry

    Are any of your breads gluten free?

  • ada

    i just went to panera today and had the turkey chile soup and i got really sick this evening…lady said was gluten free….i even removed the corn….i will not eat that again and scared to go back now….it gets some irritating at times to go anywhere to eat…..

  • ada

    i went to panera bread this week with a friend and i had the turkey chile…i got really sick that evening….don't think a place where they make bread is not the place to go is you are really sensitive…wish restarants would teach their help also about gluten free and the contamination that goes along with celiac disease….guess ..there is no mercy on people with allergies…..

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