Fresh Panzanella Salad

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Jun. 13, 2012

If you've never tried this bread salad, you're in for a wonderful surprise! Filled with lots of fresh veggies and toasted French bread, this recipe makes enough to feed a crowd.


Olive oil 10 Tablespoon , divided (2 tablespoon for bread cubes and remaining for dressing)
French loaf bread 1 Large , cut into 1
Salt 1 1/2 Teaspoon , divided (1 teaspoon for bread and 1/2 teaspoon for dressing)
Ripe firm tomatoes 3 Medium , cut into 1
Red bell pepper 1 Medium , cut into 1
Yellow bell pepper 1 Medium , cut into 1
Cucumber 1 Medium , sliced 1/2
Red onion 1/2 Large , thinly sliced
Fresh basil 1 Bunch (100 gm) , coarsely chopped
Capers 3 Tablespoon
For the vinaigrette
Garlic 1 Teaspoon , minced (For the Vinaigrette)
Dijon mustard 1/2 Teaspoon (For the Vinaigrette)
Raspberry vinegar 3 Tablespoon (For the Vinaigrette, or any othe flavoured vinegar of your choice)
Cracked black pepper 1/4 Teaspoon (For the Vinaigrette)



1. In a pan, heat olive oil until it just starts to smoke, add in the bread cubes and salt, and sauté for about 10 minutes or until bread cubes are golden brown in color.

2. In a large serving bowl, place the bread cubes, add in tomatoes, both the bell peppers, cucumber, red onions, basil and capers.

3. Using a spoon toss all the ingredients until well mixed, set aside.


4. In a bowl, put together, garlic, raspberry vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk until well blended.

5. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the vegetables and toss and stir well, to coat bread and vegetables with dressing.


6. Serve the salad as desired.


Champagne vinegar also goes well for the dressing, instead of raspberry vinegar, or you can use any other vinegar of your choice,

Add or remove any vegetable of your choice.

Serve immediately once the dressing is added, don’t let the salad rest for too long.

Add in more salt and pepper depending on taste.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 325Calories from Fat 131

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23.1%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 541 mg22.54%

Total Carbohydrates 44 g14.7%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 9 g18%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet