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Panzanella in a white bowl on a marble countertop with basil leaves on the side
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Panzanella

This panzanella salad is the perfect summer salad! It's super easy to make, vibrant, fresh, and light. I'm sure you will love it as much as we do around here. 
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 317kcal
Author Sina

Ingredients

  • 1 ciabbata or rustic bread (about 10 cups)
  • 5 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Usually panzanella calls for stale bread. If you don't have it, you can also bake it in the oven for 15 minutes like I did. Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Cut the ciabatta into cubes and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  • Roughly chop the tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and the red onion. Place everything in a large bowl. Rinse the capers and add them to the vegetables. 
  • Make the dressing. Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and stir well. 
  • Add the roasted ciabatta and the dressing and stir. Let it sit for about an hour before serving it. Tear the basil leaves and add them to the salad just before serving it. 

Notes

  • Don't place the salad in the fridge before serving it because this causes the tomatoes to lose a bit of their flavor. 
  • Make sure to let the salad sit for about an hour before serving it. You could also let it sit for up to 3 hours. 
  • I recommend eating the salad on the same day it's made. Leftovers will keep a few days in the fridge, but the bread will get too soggy and the tomatoes will lose their flavors. 
  • Concerning the bread, you have two options. You can either roast it in the oven like I did or you could leave it uncovered overnight to harden and stale. 
  • I used store-bought ciabatta bread, but if you want you could also make your own ciabatta

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1648IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg