Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

Do you love Panera’s Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad too? This Panera copycat salad recipe is fresh, flavorful and tastes just like the Panera catering menu favorite!

Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

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This tomato basil cucumber salad is so easy and delicious! The inspiration comes right out of the Panera Catering menu where this salad reigns as one of the most popular sides. You can now make it at home! It’s filled with tomatoes, basil, and cucumber, and tossed in a Greek dressing with sea salt. It’s the perfect side dish or salad for every occasion!

Copycat Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

This simple salad is loaded with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavor for the perfect spring or summer salad! I love to grow tomatoes each summer and this is my favorite way to use them! And when I can’t get over to Panera? I make it myself!

Serve this salad before dinner, as a quick side dish, as an appetizer (chop it up finer and serve with crostini), or as a quick lunch!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • QUICK & EASY – Need a last minute side or salad? This tomato basil cucumber salad is as simple as it gets! Plus, you can make it ahead.
  • HEALTHY – Fresh tomatoes and cucumbers with lots of delicious seasonings and a Greek vinaigrette dressing that is full of health benefits.
  • DELICIOUS – What’s better than Panera’s Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad? It has a cult following for a reason, it’s TASTY! Now you can make it yourself.

How to Make Panera’s Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

Be sure to check the printable recipe card at the end of the post for the full recipe.

  1. Chop up your tomatoes and cucumbers.
  2. Chiffonade or chop your basil.
  3. Combine chopped veggies and basil in a bowl. Add sea salt and pepper.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together Greek dressing and pour over tomatoes and cucumber.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Just chop everything and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re reader to serve your salad. My only suggestion, however, is that you drizzle on the dressing when ready to serve so you don’t end up with any soggy tomatoes or cucumbers.

I suggest grape tomatoes, just like Panera uses in their tomato basil cucumber salad, but you could use cherry tomatoes or even a ripe Roma tomato.

No need to peel your cucumber for this salad. I do recommend cutting your cucumber lengthwise and using a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this naturally flavorful salad alongside grilled chicken, fish or steak or add the protein right on top for a heartier salad.

Package this salad up to go for picnics, potlucks or a quick on-the-go meal!

If you give this copycat Panera salad recipe a try, I hope you’ll leave a comment and rating below! I’d love to know what you think!

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Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

Author: Courtney
Fresh and healthy, this Copycat Panera Tomato Basil and Cucumber Salad is tasty and easy to make as both a salad or quick side dish!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 119 kcal


  • 3 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 English Cucumbers chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil chopped or chiffonade
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Copycat Panera Greek Dressing

  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rosemary diced (or 1/3 tsp dried rosemary)
  • 2 tsp Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, add in chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, chopped basil, sea salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients; apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, EVOO, minced garlic, lemon juice, rosemary, greek seasoning and salt.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss gently to coat salad evenly in dressing.
  • Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 395mgPotassium: 361mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 860IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
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