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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.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Check out all my salad recipes here! 

Panzanella Salad on a white plate with a fork.

Panzanella Salad

Fresh summer salad with fresh veggies.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 8 people
Calories 160 kcal


  • 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


  • Slice bread and lightly brush with olive oil. Place slices on hot grill just until lightly browned.
  • Let bread cool and rough chop into 1 inch pieces.
  • Mix all veggies in large bowl.
  • In separate bowl, mix vinegar, garlic, olive oil together and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing over veggies and mix together.
  • Stir in bread and mix.
  • Sprinkle in fresh basil.
  • Let sit 10 minutes before serving so bread can absorb the vinaigrette.


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


Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 143mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1389IUVitamin C: 58mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bread salad, panzanella, Salad
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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! 🙂

  • 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!

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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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