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Panera Signature Sauce Recipe

Craving a Turkey Bacon Bravo but don’t have time to run to Panera?

Well, now you don’t have to.

With this Panera Signature Sauce recipe, you can make your own at home.

This creamy sauce is full of flavor and packs the perfect balance of acid and spice to transform your ordinary turkey sandwich into a Turkey Bravo!

And it’s so easy to make you can have it ready in just minutes.

But the best thing is that this versatile sauce goes with so much more than just turkey.

You’ll enjoy adding its creamy goodness to all your favorite dishes.

So if you’re tired of plain-old turkey, read on for the best Panera Signature Sauce recipe that will make your next sandwich a masterpiece!

What Do You Need To Make Panera Signature Sauce


Fresh Garlic

Adds a spicy, nutty flavor to your signature sauce.

You can substitute two teaspoons of garlic powder for the minced garlic.

Fresh Onion

Onion gives the sauce savory flavor.

You can use red onion for a more intense taste, or for a milder taste, use a sweet onion.

You can substitute two teaspoons of onion powder if you don’t have fresh onion.


When it comes to sauce, homemade mayonnaise is best – nothing compares to its creaminess and rich flavor.

However, you can use your favorite brand. I wouldn’t recommend Miracle Whip, as it will significantly change the taste of your sauce.

Tomato Sauce

Other recipes call for ketchup, but I find that it makes the sauce too sweet.

Tomato sauce adds the perfect amount of rich tomato flavor.

Fresh Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice is always best, but you can substitute bottled lemon juice if you don’t have any fresh lemons available.

Red Wine Vinegar

Adds the perfect amount of acid and tang to balance out the other flavors.

Feel free to substitute different kinds of vinegar to change the tang.

Fresh Parsley

Parsley enhances the other flavors and adds earthy and bitter notes to your signature sauce.


For just a touch of sweetness.

Worcestershire Sauce

Adds a delicious savory and umami flavor.


Deepens the color and gives your sauce some spicy, exotic flavor.

Dried Mustard

Adds a delicious tart flavor that enhances the taste of the sauce.


Has a peppery, citrus flavor that brings out the other spices.

Cayenne Pepper

Adds the perfect touch of heat. Like it hot?

Feel free to add more or a teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce.


Warms up the sauce with its savory, peppery flavor.

Salt and Pepper

The final touch, but be careful you don’t over season it.


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Non-reactive mixing bowl
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Blender or food processor (optional)

How To Make Panera Signature Sauce

Step One: First, peel and mince the fresh garlic and finely chop the onion and parsley.

Step One: In a non-reactive mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well.

Step One: Taste your sauce and adjust the ingredients to suit your taste.

Note: if you like a super smooth sauce, pour it into a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches your desired consistency, no more than one or two minutes.

Step Three: Season with salt and pepper.

Step Four: Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Step Five: Serve chilled or warmed.


Other Things To Consider When Making Panera Signature Sauce

You Can Customize Your Sauce

Yes, this Panera Signature Sauce recipe tastes great!

Yes, it tastes just like the original.

But why settle for the original when you can have something even better?

You can create new and delicious variations with just a few easy changes.

For example, the original doesn’t have enough heat for me. So I like to add another ½ teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper.

Or, if I’m feeling insane, a teaspoon or two of Tabasco sauce.

Fresh herbs make a great addition. Try using fresh thyme, oregano, or rosemary.

Substitute smoked paprika for a great smokey flavor.

Adding lemon zest will give your sauce some citrus zing.

While tomato paste will give it a deeper tomato flavor.

Or go completely crazy and substitute your favorite barbecue sauce for the tomato sauce for an incredible-tasting grilled chicken.

Have fun as you try out new variations.

Who knows?

You may discover a Panera Signature Sauce recipe that tastes even better than the original.

What Can I Eat with Panera Signature Sauce?

This delicious sauce is the piece de resistance for the perfect turkey sandwich!

But with its creamy blend of spice and heat, this Panera Signature Sauce recipe will make all your favorite foods taste even better.

  • Serve with roasted potatoes or fries as a delicious side.
  • Drizzle warmed over mac and cheese.
  • Grill or bake a salmon fillet covered with this creamy sauce. Delicious!
  • Move over turkey – this sauce goes great with any sandwich.
  • Makes a delicious veggie dip.
  • And a personal favorite – omit the red wine vinegar, add some lemon zest and another tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, and serve with grilled fish. Wow! Your guests will be begging for seconds.

Make More Than You Need!

This Panera Signature Sauce recipe is so versatile that you want to make sure you always have some on hand.

And since it gets better the longer it sits, go ahead and double the recipe.

Extra sauce will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container, though it never lasts that long at my house.

However, like most mayonnaise-based sauces, it doesn’t freeze well.

I always have some on hand for those midnight sandwich cravings!

Yield: Yield: 1 ¾ cups of sauce (approx. 14 servings)

Panera Signature Sauce Recipe

Panera Signature Sauce

This Panera Signature Sauce recipe provides a creamy sauce that is packed full of flavor and will transform your ordinary turkey sandwich into a Turkey Bravo!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • ½ medium yellow or white onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⁄2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh honey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, peel and mince the fresh garlic and finely chop the onion and parsley.
  2. In a non-reactive mixing bowl, add the minced garlic, chopped onion, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, chopped parsley, honey, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, dried mustard, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and allspice.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Taste your sauce and adjust any of the ingredients.
  5. If you like a smooth signature sauce, pour it into a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. (optional)
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors develop.
  8. Enjoy!


  • For a smokey signature sauce, substitute smoked paprika or add a few drops of liquid smoke.
  • Like it hot? Add another pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper or a teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce.
  • Substitute red onion for a more intense onion flavor.
  • Don't have fresh? Substitute garlic and onion powder for the fresh.
  • Add fresh herbs, like thyme, oregano, or rosemary.
  • Add more lemon juice and lemon zest for a citrus zing.
  • Change the tang by changing the vinegar.
  • For more tomato flavor, add ½ a tablespoon of tomato paste.
  • Or substitute your favorite barbeque sauce for the tomato sauce for a delicious BBQ chicken.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1g

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