ABP Revamps Salad Menu to Feature Premium Salads with Two-Thirds More Protein

Cafe Introduces Permanent Change with More Fresh Vegetables and No. Antibiotics. Ever. Turkey and Chicken

May 27, 2015, 16:07 ET from Au Bon Pain

BOSTON, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Au Bon Pain, the leader in fast casual dining, is debuting a completely revamped salad line. Starting today, the cafe will serve larger salads made with even more fresh vegetables and protein. Additionally, No. Antibiotics. Ever. chicken and turkey will now be used in all Au Bon Pain sandwiches, wraps and salads. Au Bon Pain continues to prioritize providing balanced menu options using the freshest ingredients to guests seeking healthy choices.

"Our new salad options bring a higher quality of healthful choices to our cafes," said Katherine See, Au Bon Pain executive chef. "We listened to our guests---they were asking for more variety and bigger flavors, so we decided it was time to create an overhaul of every salad. We made them bigger, with tasty flavors like ginger teriyaki and new dressings like avocado Greek yogurt dressing, really paying attention to specialty ingredients."

Multiple specialty salads will fill the menu and will include a Harvest Turkey salad made with antibiotic-free turkey, cranberries, grapes, goat cheese and maple walnut vinaigrette, and an Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad with ginger teriyaki chicken, udon noodles and edamame, among others. Today's new salad menu is one of many long-term menu changes that Au Bon Pain will be introducing over the next few months under Executive Chef Katherine See.

"Our new salads are filled with the freshest vegetables, delicious flavor combinations and high-quality proteins," said Maria Feicht, Au Bon Pain's chief brand officer. "Which is why we're excited to make the switch to no antibiotics ever turkey and chicken moving forward. We continue to partner with those who will allow us to meet our guests' requests for on-the-go healthy and delicious choices."

New salads available include:

Harvest Turkey—Roast turkey with romaine and spinach, cranberries, grapes, Granny Smith apples, goat cheese, walnuts and maple walnut vinaigrette

Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad—Ginger teriyaki chicken with romaine and field greens, udon noodles, edamame, carrots, cucumbers, scallions, sesame seeds, sliced almonds and sesame ginger dressing

Chicken Cobb Avocado—Sliced chicken with romaine and field greens, Applewood-smoked bacon, gorgonzola, egg, tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado Greek yogurt dressing

Farm Stand Steak Salad—Sirloin steak drizzled with balsamic glaze, romaine and field greens, grilled asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, caramelized onions, gorgonzola and red wine peppercorn vinaigrette

Vegetarian Deluxe—Romaine and field greens, fire-roasted peppers, Kalamata olives, feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, chickpeas, red onions and balsamic vinaigrette

Southwest Chicken—Marinated chicken, romaine, black beans, roasted corn, fresh avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes, crispy wontons and Southwest vinaigrette

Chicken Caesar—Sliced chicken with romaine, house-made croutons, Asiago cheese and Caesar dressing

Steak Caesar—Chicken Caesar Asiago salad with steak substituted for chicken

Side Garden Salad—Fresh vegetables atop a bed of Au Bon Pain lettuce blend

For more information on the new menu or to find an Au Bon Pain location near you, visit www.aubonpain.com.

About Au Bon Pain

Founded in 1978, Au Bon Pain ("the place of good bread") has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category. The chain's signature items—sandwiches, breads, pastries, salads, soups and coffee—are served in welcoming café environments emphasizing quick service and hospitality. Au Bon Pain offers consumers a wide array of delicious, nutritional foods, and over the past three years has earned Health magazine's designation as one of America's Top 5 Healthiest Restaurant Chains and was recently voted the #1 healthiest restaurant chain by Grellin.

Au Bon Pain operates in six key trade channels including urban office buildings, hospitals, universities, transportation centers, malls and museums, with locations ranging from 300-square-foot satellites to 6,500-square-foot cafés with 100-plus seats. Au Bon Pain currently operates in more than 310 locations in the U.S. and internationally. Additional information about Au Bon Pain, which is headquartered in Boston, may be found at www.aubonpain.com.

Melissa Dorman
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