Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad


I really don’t like wasting any food. I feel terribly guilty when I have to toss anything. When I see a quarter loaf of bread leftover from dinner sitting on the counter, I automatically start thinking what I make. As luck would have it I have lots of tomatoes also sitting on the counter.

It’s like they are just begging to be together!

Panzanella Salad

I’ve been wanting a Panzanella salad for a long time, so this is a perfect opportunity.


A panzanella salad is an Italian salad that is made to use up crusty bread. It is a very light and flavorful salad, perfect for hot summer days.


Panzanella Salad

I love tomatoes and summer tomatoes are just amazing! They are so sweet you can eat them just by themselves. This salad really highlights their beauty and freshness.


To make this salad extra delicious I add cucumbers and mozzarella cheese to my Panzanella Salad. Those additional ingredients add great flavor and texture.


Panzanella Salad

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Start off by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F. Then cut the bread into ½ inch cubes. Place them on a baking sheet. I toss them with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then generously sprinkle with Italian herb seasoning. I use McCormick’s spice grinder. I really love the flavor of this spice blend.

Place in the oven for about 15 minutes to toast. I flip them over halfway through the baking time. You wanted them toasted, but not totally dried out like croutons.

Toss the tomatoes, cucumber, and mozzarella with the toasted bread and a little vinaigrette.

Panzanella Salad


I use light vinaigrette on this salad. The bread absorbs a little of the vinaigrette and the vegetables all get a nice coating. It is really so good.

Sprinkle some fresh basil and you have yourself one beautiful and tasty salad.



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Panzanella Salad
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Serves: 4
  • 3 cups french bread cubes (1/2 inch)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup english cucumber, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup mozzarella, cubed
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, thinly slicedF
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut the bread into ½ inch cubes. Place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then generously sprinkle with Italian herb seasoning. (I use McCormick spice grinder.)
  4. Toss bread cubes for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Place toasted bread, tomatoes, cucumber, and mozzarella in a salad bowl.
  6. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle with fresh basil.
  1. In a bowl combine garlic, mustard, and vinegar. Using an emulsion blender slowly add in olive oil. Blend until emulsion is created. Add salt and pepper to season.





  1. What a beautiful salad Cindy! I absolutely adore summer tomatoes, and I’m so very sad that I didn’t get a chance to plant a garden this year. Because this salad would be perfect for my (usual) over-abundance of cherry tomatoes!

  2. This looks like such a light and flavorful summer meal! I love how you’ve added mozzarella, and those toasted bread cubes look amazing!

  3. That looks delicious! So fresh and colorful. :)

  4. Hi Cindy, love your take on this wonderful summer salad, tomatoes are the best right now for sure.

  5. I don’t like wasting any food either. Panzanella salad is one of my favorites and your photos look so bright and appetizing :)

  6. This dish look so delicious and beautiful! I love the addition of mozzarella, I could eat it all day long.

  7. Ooh I’d be purposefully leaving out extra bread and tomatoes if it meant I could make this salad! I love all the flavors, Cindy!

  8. Despite loving everything Italian I’ve never had this salad before. I also hate waste :)

  9. Oh la la ! I love this salad Cindy! It’s simple and delicious and I won’t even have to make a trip to the grocery store as I have all of these ingredients sitting in my home! <3 Totally eating this for dinner tonight! Oh btw, those spoons are just SOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!! <3 <3 <3

  10. What a gorgeous salad, Cindy! Love all the pretty bright colors from the summer tomatoes and this is such a great way to use up the rest of the bread :) Love it!

  11. Oh I hear you!! I feel soooo guilty whenever I waste any sort of food! I’ll do anything to avoid it!

    This panzanella looks amazing. I loveeee any kind of panzanella!

  12. Panzanellas are my favorites! Love all the fresh summer flavor in this.

  13. Hi Cindy! This salad looks delicious and fresh (I think it’s the cucumbers that really add!) I hate wasting food too, I’m so guilty of throwing out breads and pastas and I love how you recycled the bread and made a new dish with it.

  14. I’d never heard of this salad! It looks delicious, I am all about fresh salads in the summertime :)

  15. What a beautiful salad, Cindy! I always order panzanella salads if they’re offered at restaurants. I love that you created your own version.The vinaigrette sounds delicious too, especially with the white wine vinegar!

  16. whiskandshout says:

    This is gorgeous and looks delicious! I’ve never had a panzanella salad but it looks amazing :)

  17. Love pazanella! So summery and delicious!

  18. This is just lovely! I know what you mean! I hate throwing food out too, luckily my husband is pretty much a human garbage disposal, so unless I make something really terrible it gets eaten!

  19. I also hate hate hate wasting food. It drives me insane. Panzanella is the perfect way to use up the “old” bread. And nothing’s better than tomatoes right now -NOTHING! Love this recipe and the dressing would be scrumptious with it.

  20. marcie@flavorthemoments says:

    I’m almost happy when I have leftover bread so I can make panzanella! I love this fresh, delicious salad, Cindy — it doesn’t get much better than this! Pinning. :)

  21. What a great way to use up leftover bread. We hate waste in our house too, so I will be using this recipe. Thanks!

  22. I hate throwing bread out too! Makes cry especially if it’s homemade. Love the looks and colors of this salad.
    Pinning Cindy!

  23. Yum!!! Panzanella is having it’s moment and I am so bummed to still be on the sidelines! I had some baguette set aside to toast for it but it molded before I could get to it :-( The waste! It kills me too! Next time I will not let that happen and I will make this salad!!!

  24. This is one gorgeous salad, Cindy! Panzanella is one of my all-time favorites so I cannot WAIT to try this. Totally stunning photos, girl! Love how bright and colorful all the veggies are! Pinned.

  25. Panzanella is one of my favorite salads ever!! I’ve made it so many times this summer and really can’t get enough of it! I hate wasting food too and panzanella is the perfect way to use produce up. This salad is so pretty and I think it is about time I make another panzanella salad :)

  26. I feel the same way for food, I really don’t like anything going to waste either so high 5s here! This salad looks delicious and super fresh! Beautiful pics too!

  27. I haven’t had panzanella salad in so long but just seeing this is making me crave it. Love all the summer veggies that this beautiful salad highlights!

  28. Cindy love that first pic!! I love these kinds of salads, so fresh and summery!

  29. loves a good panzanella salad! this looks so wonderfully cherry and fun :)

  30. Panzanella salad is one of my favorite summertime salads! It is perfect for using up plenty of fresh garden veggies!

  31. Beautiful and tasty is right – I can’t get over how gorgeous your pics are! This post looks like it fell out of a magazine. And I bet this salad tastes even better than it looks. YUM!

  32. This is so pretty! i have never made a panzanella salad – would love to try this soon.

  33. Same here! I hate throwing food away. Love this colorful salad!

    • Thank you! I really hate having to throw any thing away. I’m getting really good at just making enough without leftovers. Of course, it is those meals that everyone wants more.

  34. I really hate wasting food as well, Cindy, but I find that leaves me with a problem … I end up going to the supermarket far too often!
    Absolutely love the simplicity of this panzanella salad. It’s got that typical amazing simplicity of classic Italian food, which I love. Panzanella is one of those things I’ve never got around to making, but at least this post is a little reminder to try very soon … :-)

  35. Two Healthy Kitchens says:

    This looks so fresh and summery! And yes – what a great way to use up the bread and tomatoes that were sitting around (just dreaming of each other 😀 )! I hate wasting food, too, and some of my best recipe creations happen when I’m trying to figure out how to make a meal out of whatever happens to be lazing around in my fridge! Perfect! ~Shelley

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