Celebrate summer with this fresh Italian bread salad full of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. The other morning I woke up and came downstairs, then turned to look out my stair window that faces my front courtyard gate and noticed a little grocery bag tied to the gate. I carefully opened and peered into the bag (I’ve had negative experiences before and wanted to be oh so careful). And what did I find but a bunch of fresh bread from my sweet neighbor, Nancy. One of the loaves was a Parmesan focaccia loaf that I immediately thought to turn into this delicious salad. I found some great yellow tomatoes and ripe red tomatoes at our local grocery store for this salad. I also added some olives and balsamic vinegar for more of a bite. Keep in mind, this recipe does make the bread a little moist, so if you don’t like wet bread (like my husband) you’ll hate it. Be sure to use at least day old bread, so the bread is already dry, and will be perfect for this recipe. Most Panzanella recipes contain cucumbers, sweet onions, tomatoes and basil. Beyond those ingredients, you can just use your imagination to add whatever you like.

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2 yellow tomatoes, diced
2 red tomatoes, diced
2 cucumbers, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 can green olives, drained
a small bunch of basil, torn
day old bread, diced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
kosher salt


Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, basil and bread in a large bowl. Ad balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Toss to combine Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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  17 Responses to “Panzanella”

  1. Angie's Recipes — September 7, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    Your panzanella looks so colourful and delectable!

  2. Jason's BBQ Adventures — September 7, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Love the recipe. Very colorful and fresh.

  3. Marly — September 7, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    I have never heard of using bread in a salad before, but what a great way to use day-old bread. Love this recipe!

  4. Monet — September 7, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    What a sweet gift to find hanging in your front yard! The photo of this bread salad is just stunning. Such vibrant colors. I love panzanella (such a wonderful way to use up some older bread) and I’m tempted to make a batch this weekend!

  5. Harriet — September 7, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    Wow that looks amazing! It looks really fresh and summery, I’ll have to try it out before the summer ends!

  6. Sara Ost — September 7, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    Is it just me or does this ruin the point of salad-as-weight-loss-tool?

  7. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 7, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

    I truly love panzanella. It’s so good with fresh, ripe summer tomatoes and a good substantial bread. I like your addition of olives, too. Outstanding!

  8. Michelle — September 8, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    It looks so pretty, but I love your disclaimer – “If you don’t like wet bread, you’ll hate it.” : )

  9. RavieNomNoms — September 8, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous picture! This just looks so colorful and fresh! I feel like I could just take a spoonful right out of my computer screen, looks yummy!

  10. Foodierama — September 8, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Panzanella #foodie

  11. Sprinkled with Flour — September 8, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

    This salad looks so colorful and delicious! A perfect light summer lunch:)

  12. grace — September 8, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

    this would make an awesome farewell to summer. golly…that’s sad.

  13. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 9, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    How are you so lucky to have such amazing neighbors! This bread salad looks delicious. Great way to eat our veggies!

  14. Cherine — September 10, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    This salad looks mouthwatering!!

  15. Tweetaly — May 28, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    An easy recipe: Panzanella

  16. Dina Natasha — May 28, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    An easy recipe: Panzanella

  17. Deanna Laughinghouse — May 28, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    An easy recipe: Panzanella

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