Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
May 2, 2012 11:54 AM

Inexpensive Salads -- Need Panera Alternatives

I've been eating Panera salads every day for lunch and sometimes dinner. They're decent and inexpensive ($7-8), but I'm growing tired of them and I don't think the dressings are very healthy.

What are some good alternatives in the Boston area? I have a car and don't mind driving to the suburbs.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. For under $10, Panera really is your best option in the Boston area.

    Have you tried the salads at McDonald's or Wendy's?

    1 Reply
    1. re: ProperBostonian

      The salads are D'Angelos are usually passable, and they give you a nice pita with them. If health concerns are primary, here is the link to their salads. You can click on any one of them and get a popup with the nutritional info. They aren't limited to these though....they'll throw a scoop of anything you want on top. I usually splurge and get the Lobster on a garden salad.

      You can also get the calorie info for all their dressings on this link:

    2. I like the salads from both Pinky's Pizza and Deli-icious.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Boston_Otter

        Temptations in Brookline (I only know the one on Beacon above Harvard at Coolidge Corner) makes acceptable and inexpensive salads. Lamberts out on Morrisey Boulevard in Dorchester has an excellent salad bar. If you like Asian salads, you can do very well with shrimp or chicken salad from Vietnamese restaurants, which I find generally very good and inexpensive. Many Greek restaurants and Turkish restaurants (Espera in Brighton and Family in Brookline) make excellent greek or shephards or horataki salads which are usually some combination of feta, olive, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and greens.

      2. Sebastian's (the cafe in the Broad Institute building in Cambridge, but with a separate entrance) has a nice salad station, as does Cosi nearby in Kendall Square. I also like Quizno's salads, and Whole Foods have excellent salad bars. Finally, California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is one of my absolute favorites. Maybe a touch more expensive, but obviously not very expensive and just wonderful.

        1. Red Lentil in Watertown and Life Alive in Central Square, Cambridge.

          1. Whole Foods has a great salad bar.