Classic Panzanella Salad
Panzanella is a classic Italian salad, traditionally made with stale bread and lots of tomatoes. This salad is really easy to make, as you only need to chop everything up and toss together in a salad bowl.
I’ve warmed my ciabatta up before adding to the salad, which is completely optional. You can just tear up your bread and add it as is.
This is a great salad option for vegans or vegetarians as you can choose whether or not to add any mozzarella (I’ve left it out in my version).
- 3 cups of stale, Italian bread (I’ve used ciabatta)
- 3 cups of chopped tomatoes
- ¾ red onion
- ½ large cucumber
- 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp of dried mixed herbs
- ½ tsp of garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Handful of basil leaves
- Start by pre-heating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Tear or cut the bread into bite-sized pieces, and bake in the oven for around 10 – 15 minutes or until warm
- While the bread is warming up, chop up the tomatoes and add to a large salad bowl
- Slice the red onion and chop the cucumber into pieces, and add to the tomatoes
- Add the bread once warmed
- In a small bowl, mix together the red wine vinegar, olive oil, herbs and garlic (taste and add more if required)
- Pour over the dressing, and add salt and pepper
- Tear the basil leaves and add before serving
- Another option is to add some mozzarella pieces to the salad, or some roasted red peppers or olives