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Panzanella Salad – Italian bread salad with crusty bread, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and a simple Italian dressing! A wonderful summer salad for bread fans!

panzanella salad with tomatoes and cucumber

Panzanella salad is a well-known and very delicious salad from Tuscany, Italy. That’s why it’s also called Italian bread salad. The main ingredient, as the name suggests, is bread. It’s cut into bite-sized pieces and then toasted with extra virgin olive oil and dried Italian seasoning in a skillet until golden brown. Resulting in crispy and irresistibly delicious bread pieces – almost like croutons, only bigger!

Toss the toasted bread with fresh ripe tomatoes, cucumber, shallot, fresh basil leaves, add a simple Panzanella salad dressing made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup – that’s it! Such a simple and quick recipe that is bursting with flavor. A must-try for bread lovers!

close up shot of panzanella salad

The crusty bread cubes soak up the dressing beautifully! Feel free to let the salad sit for a few minutes before serving; this way, the bread softens slightly!

I’m a big fan of this summery salad recipe! Just a wonderful way to use up stale bread!

This Italian bread salad can be adjusted to your taste. Add bell pepper, fresh berries, mozzarella, or any of your favorite summer salad ingredients.

Best Bread To Use

Panzanella Salad is delicious with Italian ciabatta or sourdough bread. However, it doesn’t matter that much which bread you are using. Go for the one you like! 

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can use stale bread – such a delicious way to use up any bread leftovers from the previous day!

Panzanella Salad Recipe – Step-by-Step

Read through this visual step-by-step guide with lots of extra tips! The exact quantities and everything else you need to know for the recipe can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Add dried herbs and bread pieces, toast for 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
panzanella salad recipe step 1
  • Mix all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Prepare the rest of the ingredients. You need:
    • Cherry Tomatoes or Tomatoes of Choice
    • Cucumber
    • Shallot, or Red Onion, Scallion
    • Fresh Basil
panzanella salad recipe step 2
  • Toss everything in a serving bowl & enjoy!
italian bread salad on a serving platter

Recipe FAQ & Tips

Can I prepare this salad in advance? Sure! Prepare all the ingredients and store them individually in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Toss right before serving!

Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free bread!

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panzanella salad with tomatoes and cucumber

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad – Italian bread salad with crusty bread, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and a simple Italian dressing!
Author : Aline Cueni
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Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 255kcal

Ingredients
 

Panzanella Salad

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried italian herbs
  • 2 slices (200 g) bread (approx. 7oz) in mouth-sized pieces
  • 1 ⅓ cup (200 g) cherry tomatoes halved OR 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cucumber diced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • ½ bunch fresh basil in strips or coarsely chopped

Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Add dried herbs and bread pieces, toast for 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  • Mix all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and seson to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Combine everything in a large serving bowl and toss until well combined.

Notes

  • Bread: This recipe is perfect to use leftover bread from the day before! 

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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