This Grilled Panzanella Salad is one of my favorite summer salad recipes. Panzanella is an old Italian recipe for salad made leftover stale bread. If you’ve never had it, it sounds strange but it’s incredibly good! Trust me.
Panzanella is a Tuscan summer bread salad. It’s made with leftover bread that is stale and vegetables. Italians also refer to this dish as “leftover salad”. And, I can see why, it’s a great way to use up vegetables and bread from previous meals.
I think what really drew me to this salad was the variety of colors and textures. Crunchy peppers, tender tomatoes, crisp cucumbers. It sounded perfect for a summer salad.
Now, I’m a bread lover through and through but, I have to admit, I’m not sure I would like bread in my salad. I was concerned about it getting soggy when the vinaigrette was added.
But, this salad is so incredibly delicious! I’m already thinking about making it again.
Grilling the bread, peppers and onions really enhanced the flavor.
Honestly, I wasn’t crazy about the dressing when I tasted it before adding it to the salad. It seemed like it was missing something that I couldn’t put my finger on. But, once I added it to the salad, it was perfect!
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This is a great picnic recipe too! You don’t have to refrigerate it and it’s delicious served at room temperature.
Alright…now I have to go dig the leftovers out of the fridge and have a snack…I talked myself right into it!
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