Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

Do you have an abundance of tomatoes coming in from the garden?  Here's a great way to use a few of them up.

If you love Italian Bread Soup like I do, this recipe is for you.

This substantial salad fills in beautifully as side dish or a main course.

Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)
((Printable Version))

For the croutons:
1 pound (about 8 cups) sour dough or crust country bread, torn into chunks
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:
2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, chopped
about 2 cups cannellini or white beans, cooked
1 can artichokes packed in water, drained and chopped
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/3 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup greek olives
3 tablespoons capers
parmesan cheese for topping, optional

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 clove garlic, minced

Toss the bread chunks with the 2 tablespoons of oil.  Place them on a sheet pan and bake at 450 degrees F. for about 10- 15 minutes.  Turn off the oven and allow them to dry out and crisp up.  After about 20 minutes, remove from the oven and cool.  (This can be done a day ahead.)

When ready to serve toss everything together in a large bowl.  Let the salad sit for at least 20 minutes to allow the croutons to soften up and begin absorbing the dressing.




(Source: Taste of Home)
Linked to: Confessions of a Stay At Home Mom,  33 Shades of Green, This Chick Cooks, Fave Diets


  1. I'm all over this salad! Love it! Beautiful photography.

  2. O, man...this DOES look fabulous. You did an awesome job on the photos.

    I am having a tasty giveaway that would go great with any salads and other things you might make.
    Come on over...you just might win.:))

  3. i friggin love panzanella salad. it's my favorite. I also like to put a fresh piece of halibut on top for a little luxury. This is gorgeous.

  4. YUM! I love bread salads! Cast Party Wednesday starts tonight at 12:00 midnight. I would love it if you came over tomorrow and shared some recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  5. Wow, this looks absolutely amazing!! LOVE! Bookmarking!

  6. My mouth is watering on this salad. Looks and sounds so fresh. I'm going to end up with a book of favorites if I keep reading on your site!

  7. Lol! Thank you again for all your kind comments, Judith. Yes, this salad is definitely one of my personal "favorites"! :)