Panzanella Bread Salad

The bread in this salad soaks up the juices of the tomatoes and the flavors of the olives and vinegar.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 slices (½" thick) French bread
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper, divided
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • 3½ cups ripe diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped basil leaves
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

Directions

  • Brush sliced bread with ¼ cup olive oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and a few pinches of black pepper. Brown both sides of the bread on a grill over medium heat. Once bread is toasted, rub the garlic clove on both sides of bread. Tear bread into pieces and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. For the dressing, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup olive oil, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar in a small bowl.
  • Toss the pieces of bread with the tomato mixture. Add the dressing and mix well. Allow salad to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Information

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 slices (½" thick) French bread
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper, divided
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • 3½ cups ripe diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped basil leaves
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

Directions

  • Brush sliced bread with ¼ cup olive oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and a few pinches of black pepper. Brown both sides of the bread on a grill over medium heat. Once bread is toasted, rub the garlic clove on both sides of bread. Tear bread into pieces and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. For the dressing, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup olive oil, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar in a small bowl.
  • Toss the pieces of bread with the tomato mixture. Add the dressing and mix well. Allow salad to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories250
Total Fat19g
Saturated Fat3g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium500mg
Total Carbohydrate17g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars4g
Protein4g