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Refreshing Panzanella Salad

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Salads | 0 comments

Refreshing Panzanella Salad

Panzanella salad is THE perfect summer salad!!!  When you can get beautiful tomatoes from a local source make this salad, and eat it everyday! It is refreshing, crisp, and super easy to make. Panzanella salad comes from Italy in the Tuscany region, and as the old tale goes, started when Italians didn’t want to wasted their day old bread.  For me this salad immediately takes me to my parents cottage in Northern Michigan(no rolling hills of Tuscany for this girl).  This salad has a few different versions but this is the one my mom made for me while I was growing up.  I made a smaller batch than usual, just enough for two serving, but double the recipe as needed!

Panzanella Salad, Serves 2


  • 4 Campari Tomatoes(or whatever looks good at the market)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Handful of basil leaves(about 4-6 leaves) chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil(get a good quailty olive oil, it really makes the difference in taste)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 baby cucumbers(or one large)
  • Parmesan cheese(optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • day old bread, chopped into bite sized pieces

Preparation: Mix all ingredients(except Parmesan cheese) into a bowl, if you desire to make this ahead of time and let the flavors marinade wait to add the bread, cover the salad and set aside for an hour(not in fridge)once your ready to serve add bread and shave some Parmesan on top and give it a good toss. If you are in a hurry mix all the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

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