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Panzanella Salad

Well, I know where NOT to take this salad. Haha. I think some people are just really basic when it comes to food. That’s not a bad thing at all. It’s just that some prefer to stick to good ‘ol iceberg salad and are a little apprehensive about trying new things. It happens. I took this Panzanella Salad to a get together and no one tried it. But, guess what, it’s delicious. They missed out. Who doesn’t love panzanella? I did make one huge mistake in trying to hurry so the roasted tomatoes were really warm and kinda mushed things up a bit. Oh well. Ok, on to the recipe…

What Is Panzanella?

Panzanella is a Tuscan chopped salad of bread and tomatoes.

Panzanella may also contain onions and basil, and is dressed with olive oil and vinegar.

What Kind Of Bread Is Used In Panzanella?

Traditional panzanella is made with stale, dried bread.

Italian bread that is a couple of days old can be used to make panzanella.

Are Tomatoes Good For You?

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

Tomatoes are also a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

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Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread Italian, Large, a couple days old is best
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6-8 tomatoes large
  • 1 Cup Basil Fresh chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Vinegar Good Balsamic
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil Extra virgin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper ground
  • 1/2 Cup Cheese Pecorino Romano

Instructions

  • Slice the bread through the middle and cut into 1" cubes.
  • Drizzle with Olive oil and bake at 400 until crisp like croutons. Usually only takes about 10 min and I turn mine halfway through.
  • Chop tomatoes and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with more olive oil, salt, and fresh black pepper.
  • Roast until soft. Usually about 20 min, sometimes longer.
  • Let bread and tomatoes cool. Seriously. Do it.
  • Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic.
  • Taste. If it's too oily add a little more balsamic. Also taste for seasoning. I know it's annoying, but depending on your oil and vinegar your salt and pepper measurements could change. Sometimes I'll thrown in a little lemon juice just to brighten things up.
  • Toss bread, tomatoes, basil, dressing and cheese together.
  • Refrigerate 20 min and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Panzanella Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 636mg28%
Potassium 389mg11%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 997IU20%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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9 comments

  • Carrian:

    I know how you feel; but happily you had more to bring home. You can make this for me anytime. It looks like a lovely recipe and has all the things I love in it, especially, fresh basil and parmesan cheese. Joni

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  • These people do not know what they are missing! I would eat this over any other salad any day! Love panzanella. It looks delicious!

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  • Whaaaaa??? I would have eaten it all!!!

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  • I can't believe no one tried it! That looks so good to me. Tomato and basil, how can you lose?

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  • They for sure are missing out. What a bummer. This looks delicious!!!!!!!!

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  • I am sorry to hear no one tried your delicious salad. Don't let that discourage you! I have been writing cookbooks since 2000 and in those early days you would have a couple of people who wouldn't try anything new. Keep bringing new dishes to the events you attend. Tell people to try it and to give you feedback on the dish. After a couple of years of doing this, even the pickiest of eaters now try the new recipes I create so they can be part of testing recipes for my cookbooks.

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  • I am sorry to hear no one tried your delicious salad. Don't let that discourage you! I have been writing cookbooks since 2000 and in those early days you would have a couple of people who wouldn't try anything new. Keep bringing new dishes to the events you attend. Tell people to try it and to give you feedback on the dish. After a couple of years of doing this, even the pickiest of eaters now try the new recipes I create so they can be part of testing recipes for my cookbooks.

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  • So sorry to hear nobody tried this salad! I was just discussing a mothers day lunch with my sister and had all these great new ideas to try, but my extended family is so traditional when it comes to food that I will be forced to do the same old same old! Frustrating!

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