Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

 

I’m sure many of you are faced with the same harrowing dilemma that plagues my family week after week. You go to the market and buy one of those four-foot long French baguettes for dinner, everybody has a piece, and now you’re left with three and a half feet of bread and no clue what to do with it.

My solution to this age-old problem is the Panzanella Salad.  Traditionally a Panzanella Salad is a rustic Italian salad made from tomatoes, onion, and stale bread. I personally like  to add crisp Romaine lettuce and cucumbers to mine. But the best part of the salad is the seasoned and toasted cubes of bread that soak of the dressing, and make this dish taste more like a fresh tomato sandwich, than a tomato salad.

Summer is really the time when tomatoes are at their peak, so I urge you to give this salad a try for your 4th of July barbecue, or for a quick summer’s night supper.

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad 

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Brush bread with olive oil and toss with herbs

Brush bread with olive oil and toss with herbs

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Mama’s Tips: 

When toasting the bread cubes, don’t toast them too much so that they’re brown and more like croutons. You still want them to have a little bread-like softness to them.

To de-seed the cucumber: slice the cucumber in half length-wise and with the tip of a spoon run it down the length of the cucumber removing all the seeds.

Here’s a nice little tutorial for cutting a “chiffonade” of basil.

Mini Panzanella Salad

Mini Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

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19 thoughts on “Panzanella Salad

  1. I’m so happy to see here a typical dish of hometown! Panzanella comes from Florence, is a very common main dish during summer. The original recipe wants the bread soggy in water and a little bit of white vinaigrette, but… don’t tell my grandmother, I prefer the bread in crunch version as you did!

  2. Left over baguettes are rarely a problem at my house! :) We eat it with dinner, after dinner, and as a late night snack! However, I am willing to put aside (hide) a baguette in order to enjoy this crunchy panzanella salad!

  3. The baguettes that come into our house these days tend to be gluten-free, which just aren’t the same. Having said that, I’m thinking this would work really well with the left-overs we do find ourselves with. There’s always a bright side! Lovely salad, Sheryl!

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