Grilled Panzanella Salad (Tomato Salad with Bread)

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5 from 3 votes
Grilled Panzanella Salad reminds me of warm Summer breezes and dining Al Fresco with good friends and family. This Tuscan staple made with your abundant garden staples and stale bread is a must have summer meal.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Grilled Panzanella Salad

Grilled Panzanella Salad is a delicious Tuscan salad made with stale bread and fresh garden vegetables.  It reminds me of warm summer breezes and dining al fresco with good friends and family. It’s a must-have light dish.

Grilled Panzanella Salad in a white bowl.

When the warm days and the vegetables are plentiful, and all the produce is super ripe, this salad mixes all my favorite summer flavors. I love grilled vegetables, fresh juicy tomatoes, and all the magnificent flavors of Tuscany.

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What We Love About This Bread Salads Recipe

This is one of those recipes that takes advantage of some of the things that we would have just throw away. For that reason, the over-ripe tomatoes, just past their peak, and that stale bread that you would just throw to the birds are the things that make this Grilled Panzanella Salad perfect. The dressing and all the tomato juice will make the toast bread.

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  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…
  • Makes Great Leftovers: So many things you can do like…
Top shot of the salad.

Ingredient Notes for Classic Panzanella

  • Crusty Bread: Toasted bread cubes, italian bread, sourdough bread, ciabatta.
  • Peppers: Red Bell Peppers and Yellow Bell Peppers.
  • Red Onion
  • Tomatoes: Ripe tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes are wonderful.
  • English Cucumber
  • Fresh Herbs: Fresh Basil leaves and Fresh parsley, chopped.

Vinaigrette

  • White wine vinegar: Red wine vinegar can also be used.
  • Dijon mustard: makes a tang.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: the extra virgin oil is truly need for this recipe.
  • Garlic, finely minced
  • All Purpose Seasoning: A blend of salt, black pepper and other seasonings.

Equipment Needed for Italian Salad with Bread

How to Make Grilled Panzanella Salad

These are the basic steps for making salad with bread cubes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Cutting the ingredients, adding them to a bowl and then making the dressing.

STEP 1: SLICE

First, slice loaf of bread in half, lengthwise. Then seed and chop peppers into large pieces and then slice onion into quarters.

STEP 2: GRILL

Next, grill bread, bell peppers and red onion over medium-high heat until bread is brown and toasted on both sides and peppers and onions are slightly charred. Remove bread, peppers and onion from grill and cut into 1 inch pieces; Put in large bowl..

STEP 3: CHOP

Meanwhile, chop tomatoes into 1 inch pieces and the cucumber into 1/2 inch pieces, Roughly chop basil and parsley and then add to bowl with bread, peppers and onions.

STEP 4: DRESSING

Finally, prepare vinaigrette In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, oil, mustard and House Seasoning blend with garlic and drizzle over salad. Lastly, serve immediately or allow to sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to combine.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Italian Bread Salad

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Prep all your vegetables ahead of time and keep in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

This is not a salad that will last, it will keep for about a day at room temperature but ideally consume after making this salad.

Frequently Asked Questions about Italian Bread Salad

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

This recipe is super healthy, therefore you can fee comfortable using it, however, try using a gluten free bread if necessary.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERNT SEASONING?

Of course, try oregano, plenty of kosher salt or your other favorite seasoning.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, it is easy to adjust this recipe. Make more or less as you need it.

WHAT ELSE CAN BE ADDED TO THIS SALAD?

Really, whatever you like, kalamata olives, protein of your choice, chickpeas, or even artichokes.

Top shot of the salad.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Cheese: Try a sprinkle of Feta or big curls of Parmesan cheese, even fresh mozzarella cheese.
  • Garnish: Add some grilled Lemon Slices and Grilled Rosemary. Finally, top with bacon, anchovies, or olives even capers.
  • Mix up the Bread: Add a mixture of bread, a crusty Italian accompanied with some cornbread or pumpernickel.
  • Meat: Steak, shrimp, or chicken cam be added.
  • Oven: Put on a baking sheet and bake in the oven.

What to Serve with Grilled Panzanella Salad

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Grilled Panzanella Salad
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Panzanella Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Grilled Panzanella Salad reminds me of warm Summer breezes and dining Al Fresco with good friends and family. This Tuscan staple made with your abundant garden staples and stale bread is a must have summer meal.
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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf crusty bread, I use Italian bakery bread
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend

Instructions

  • Slice loaf of bread in half, lengthwise.
  • Seed and chop peppers into large pieces.
  • Slice onion into quarters.
  • Grill bread, bell peppers and red onion over medium-high heat until bread is brown and toasted on both sides and peppers and onions are slightly charred.
  • Remove bread, peppers and onion from grill and cut into 1 inch pieces; Put in large bowl.
  • Chop tomatoes into 1 inch pieces; Chop cucumber into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Add to bowl with bread, peppers and onions.
  • Roughly chop basil and parsley and add to bowl with bread and vegetables.
  • Prepare vinaigrette (see below) and pour over the salad.
  • Serve immediately or allow to sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to combine.

Vinaigrette

  • In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, oil, mustard and House Seasoning Blend.
  • Add garlic.

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Expert Tips

  • Add Cheese: Try a sprinkle of Feta or big curls of Parmesan cheese, even fresh mozzarella cheese.
  • Garnish: Add some grilled Lemon Slices and Grilled Rosemary. Finally, top with bacon, anchovies, or olives even capers.
  • Mix up the Bread: Add a mixture of bread, a crusty Italian accompanied with some cornbread or pumpernickel.
  • Meat: Steak, shrimp, or chicken cam be added.
  • Oven: Put on a baking sheet and bake in the oven.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1276IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: grilled, Salad

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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2 thoughts on “Grilled Panzanella Salad (Tomato Salad with Bread)”

  1. 5 stars
    This is delicious, very fresh and summery tasting. I can’t to be able to make it with fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers.

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