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Panzanella Salad

May 11, 2015 (Last Updated: November 4, 2019)

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Panzanella Salad is a fresh salad filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and small pieces of bread.

Panzanella Salad on a white plate with a fork.

I had the best Mother’s Day! The day was finished with the perfect dinner…I didn’t have to do a thing!!!   My daughter made this fabulous salad for Mother’s Day!  Rod was in charge of making dinner; pork chops, baked potatoes, and salad.  Taylor decided she wanted to make something.

Many of her ideas were vetoed simply due to a lack of ingredients on hand.  When she suggested this Panzanella Salad it sounded great and we just happened to have everything needed on hand! This  salad was a huge hit.

It was so delicious…and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother!

What is panzanella salad?

Panzanella salad is a fresh veggie salad with a light vinaigrette and crusty bread. 

Cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions in a white bowl.

Taylor used some day old French bread that she sliced, brushed with olive oil and threw on the grill just before the pork chops went on.  When she got just a hint of brown on the bread she took it off the grill and the bread had the perfectly light smoky taste achieved from a grill.

Taylor loves to cook.  You can tell she is of the “Cooking Show” generation.  I do love to watch cooking shows and often when she cooks, it’s like she’s being filmed.  There’s just a bit of extra flair that I can only assume she has gleaned from watching the great chefs on t.v!

I love that my kids cook. There’s only one thing I wish I could have them improve upon…yep…clean up!  For some reason they all believe clean-up means pilling everything in the sink!  Really???  Who is going to take care of all those dishes in the sink anyway?  Well, at least I can enjoy the food they cook and I will keep working on that clean-up part!

What fresh vegetables are used in this salad?

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Bells Peppers
  • Red Onion
  • Fresh Basil – Not really a vegetable, but a delicious fresh ingredient!

Fresh salad with veggies in a white bowl.


If you need to make this salad ahead of time,  prep all the veggies and store them all together in a large bowl.  Mix the vinaigrette and store in a separate container.  The bread can be pre-grilled but shouldn’t be added to everything ahead of time.

You will want to mix everything together about 10 minutes before serving.  You want the vinaigrette to soak into the bread, but not to become too soggy.

Other Great Salads to Try:

Panzanella salad filled with fresh veggies.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions all mixed together in a big salad.

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5 from 5 votes
Panzanella Salad on a white plate with a fork.
Panzanella Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Fresh summer salad with fresh veggies.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: bread salad, panzanella, Salad
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 160 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1/2 loaf French Bread
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 large sliced red onion
  • 2 cups chopped bell peppers red, yellow, or orange
  • 1 cucumber chopped unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil leaves thinly sliced.
  • salt and pepper
  1. Slice bread and lightly brush with olive oil. Place slices on hot grill just until lightly browned.
  2. Let bread cool and rough chop into 1 inch pieces.

  3. Mix all veggies in large bowl.
  4. In separate bowl, mix vinegar, garlic, olive oil together and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour dressing over veggies and mix together.

  6. Stir in bread and mix.
  7. Sprinkle in fresh basil.
  8. Let sit 10 minutes before serving so bread can absorb the vinaigrette.
Recipe Notes

1/2 loaf French bread cubed is approximately 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts
Panzanella Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1389IU28%
Vitamin C 58mg70%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Adapted From:  Cooking Light, Big Book of Salads


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  • Reply
    Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss
    May 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve only ever marveled at the beautiful panzanella salads Mario Batali has made on the food network or the chew – but now I’m pretty sure I need to make this stuff ASAP. It looks INCREDIBLE!!

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      I’m sure there are several versions of this salad out there….this one is my favorite! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    May 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    5 stars
    Sounds like a wonderful Mother’s Day! And a great meal. This salad sounds delicious!

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      It was absolutely perfect!

  • Reply
    Jovita @ Yummy Addiction
    May 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    5 stars
    One of my most favorite salads ever! Recommend to everyone!

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      I totally agree!

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    Derek | Dad With A Pan
    May 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

    5 stars
    This is a great summer salad! Adding to my list of salads to try this summer!

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      It’s one of our favorites!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    May 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

    5 stars
    What an amazing tasty and colourful looking salad. Perfect for the summer

    • Reply
      May 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      It is a wonderful summer salad!

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    May 17, 2017 at 4:26 am

    This salad recipe is so colorful and finger-licking, Kathy! I could eat it every day!

    • Reply
      May 18, 2017 at 4:55 am

      I’m with you on that! I could eat it everyday too!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout
    May 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Bread salad is the best salad! I love panzanella and this looks great šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      May 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks, Medha!

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ KimRidge Farm
    May 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

    This salad just hit my limbic system (It’s the part of the brain that brings up childhood memories and other memories associated with smell and taste).

    I used to make this very salad when I was a teen and a little beyond the teen’s age. My only exception was that I used sour cream instead of oil and vinegar.

    Try it some time my way, but don’t blame me for those extra pounds šŸ™‚ I was just a kid back then.

    My kids just cleaned my dishes on my Mother’s day. And you know what? It felt like a swim in an ocean or a breeze of cool, fresh air.


    • Reply
      May 15, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I will have to try it with a sour cream version… sounds like a great idea! Glad you were pampered on your special day!

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    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    May 15, 2015 at 2:01 am

    So sweet that Taylor made you this salad for Mother’s Day! It looks absolutely delicious!

    • Reply
      May 15, 2015 at 4:42 am

      It was very sweet of her and quite the yummy salad!

  • Reply
    May 14, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Love the idea of adding bread in salad!! Filling and so delicious!

    • Reply
      May 14, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      It was delicious!

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    Danielle @So Munch Love
    May 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I’m glad you had a good Mother’s Day! It’s also awesome that your kids love to cook. I hear you about the cleanup. I was the same way when I was younger. Loved to cook, but lacked in the cleaning area. šŸ™‚ I’m sure they’ll catch up. This salad looks so tasty, I wish I had some right now for breakfast! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I never loved to clean up as a kid either…in fact, it’s still not my favorite thing! But it’s a job that must get done!

  • Reply
    May 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I love how this salad uses up old bread, or crusty bread! What a great idea and an innovative way to waste less =) And I can really appreciate how Taylor likes to cook, that’s awesome! I really hope my 2 girls love cooking because unfortunately, I don’t like to cook, isn’t that awful? Maybe I can get them to take over and make delicious salads like this for me one day =)

    • Reply
      May 12, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      You must teach your girls to cook, simply so they can cook all your wonderful harvests from the garden!

  • Reply
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    May 12, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Yum! That’s definitely a little out of the ordinary, but it looks delicious.

    • Reply
      May 12, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      It was delicious!

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    May 12, 2015 at 4:04 am

    This salad looks extraordinary! I just bought a big cucumber and am wanting to use it. This is the perfect solution!

    • Reply
      May 12, 2015 at 4:32 am

      This is the perfect salad for that cucumber!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    May 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    That’s so sweet that Taylor helped make your Mother’s Day special! I’m totally with you on the clean up though. Help me Rhonda…

    • Reply
      May 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      The cooking is the fun part…clean up…not so fun. Somehow I need to turn that around!

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