Summer Panzanella Salad

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Summer Panzanella Salad with golden chunks of bread, tomatoes, basil, and a simple vinaigrette. This Tuscan-style tomato bread salad is perfect for summer entertaining. Tomatoes, bread, basil, and cheese in an orange bowl

Why You’ll Love this Panzanella Salad

This beautiful Summer Panzanella Salad is filled to the brim with nutritious summer staples. A mix of tomatoes, basil, fruit, red onion, and a light vinaigrette dressing. This fresh, flavorful salad is the epitome of summer entertaining and the ultimate crowd pleaser!

It’s also super versatile–feel free to use any mix of produce you like! For example, I love adding either mango, peaches, or nectarines for a burst of sweetness. Additionally, mozzarella or burrata cheese are always easy ways to elevate it.

This tomato bread salad is best served alongside anything hot off the grill–fish, chicken, burgers, or shrimp kabobs. It’s also fantastic paired with a bowl of soup or a melty panini sandwich.

Recipe Ingredients:Tomatoes, bread, basil, mango, and red onion in separate bowls

  • Bread: I suggest using ciabatta or a baguette that is at least 1 to 2 days old. The more stale the bread, the crispier it will get in the oven. You need 8 ounces total, which amounts to roughly 6 cups cubed.
  • Tomatoes: Tis the season for a bounty of summer tomatoes! You can use heirlooms, cherry tomatoes, or a mix of whatever looks best at your farmers market or garden.
  • Basil: While basil is at peak freshness, this herb adds bright, fresh flavor. You can use a mix of green, purple, Thai, or whatever you have growing in abundance.
  • Fruit: I love adding a sweet summer fruit such as watermelon, mango, peaches or nectarines. If using the latter two, there’s no need to peel them.
  • Dressing: This simple dressing calls for olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Most of which you hopefully already have on hand! Alternatively, you can use lemon juice in place of the vinegar.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Toast the Bread

Preheat the oven to 425ºF and spread the cubes of bread on a baking sheet. Drizzle the bread with olive oil and sprinkle with salt; toss to combine. Place the bread in the oven and bake until the edges are brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.Cubed bread on a sheet pan tossed in olive oil

Step 2: Make the Panzanella Dressing

While the bread toasts, prepare the dressing. In a large serving bowl, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to stir the dressing until it’s smooth. Next, place the red onion in the salad dressing and let sit for 10 minutes.Panzanella dressing mixed together in an orange bowl

Step 3: Combine the Bread Salad Ingredients

Add the tomatoes, fruit, toasted bread, and basil to the bowl and toss with the dressing until everything is well-coated. Let the salad sit for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

Tomatoes, cubed bread, basil, and mango in a large orange bowl

Step 4: Garnish and Serve!

Lastly, stir in the mozzarella and burrata cheese, and add additional basil, if desired. If needed, feel free to toss with more olive oil, vinegar, and salt right before serving.Close up on panzanella salad topped with burrata cheese

FAQs and Expert Tips

What to Serve with Panzanella Salad

Panzanella salad is delicious served alongside anything hot off the grill–chicken, fish, burgers, or shrimp kebabs. Additionally, it makes a great side dish for soup or stews, or cheesy panini sandwiches.

How Long Does Panzanella Salad Last?

Unfortunately, tomato bread salad doesn’t keep longer than 1 day. It’s best to make it a couple hours before serving, which gives the bread long enough to soak up the dressing. After it’s refrigerated, the bread will quickly become soggy.

What is the Best Bread to Use in Panzanella Salad?

Either ciabatta, crusty sourdough, or a baguette works best in tomato bread salad. You just want to make sure it’s a little stale– ideally one, two, or even three days old. This will help the bread crisp up, as well as prevent it from turning soggy too quickly.Panzanella salad served on a yellow plate topped with basil

More Summer Salad Recipes

Crispy Potato and Peach Salad with Scallion Dressing

20 Minute Summer Squash and Corn Salad

Healthy Creamy Pasta Salad

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5 from 4 votes

Summer Panzanella Salad

Summer Panzanella Salad with golden chunks of bread, tomatoes, basil, and a simple vinaigrette. This Tuscan-style tomato bread salad is perfect for summer entertaining.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients  

  • 8 oz. ciabatta or baguette, preferably stale, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 lb. tomatoes (heirloom, cherry tomatoes, or a mix of both) halved or cubed
  • 1 cup cubed mango, peaches, or nectarines
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 6 oz. mozzarella or burrata cheese, torn or cubed

Panzanella Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (sub lemon juice)
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Spread bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. salt; toss to coat. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  • While bread toasts, prepare Panzanella Dressing by combining all ingredients (olive oil through black pepper) in a large serving bowl; stir with a whisk. Add red onion and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add toasted bread, tomatoes, fruit of choice, and basil to bowl with dressing; toss to coat. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with cheese and additional basil, if desired, right before serving. (If needed, toss with a little more olive oil, vinegar, and salt, too.)

Notes

*SERVE WITH: Panzanella salad is delicious served alongside anything hot off the grill--chicken, fish, burgers, or shrimp kebabs. Additionally, it makes a great side dish for soup or stews, or cheesy panini sandwiches.
*KEEP: Tomato bread salad doesn't keep longer than 1 day. It's best to make it a couple hours before serving, which gives the bread long enough to soak up the dressing. After it's refrigerated, the bread will quickly become soggy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.3cups | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 660mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g

I calculate these values by hand to ensure accuracy, however expect up to a 10% variable depending on food brands.

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11 Comments

  1. L says:

    5 stars
    So good. Made it with nectarines. Thank you!

  2. Suzanne Scheule says:

    It’s fabulous with
    Watermelon 🍉
    You dressing is delicious btw Ty LD

  3. Tamara says:

    5 stars
    I am very late to the party considering this recipe was posted years ago, but wowwwwwwwww! So good! I made it with white nectarine and subbed yuzu vinegar in the dressing and it was such a hit. Thank you!!!

    1. Jamie Vespa says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Tamara! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  4. Carole L. says:

    5 stars
    Bursting with amazing flavors, this recipe will be on repeat at my house!! I used one stale ciabatta roll for the bread and it turned out perfectly. Absolutely love the burrata in this recipe!!

  5. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

    I don’t know how in the world I missed this recipe when you posted it! I love panzanella salad and anything with watermelon and beets. So delicious and gorgeous! Can’t wait to make!

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      Thank you so much, Jessica! This has truly been my fav summer recipe so far – so light & refreshing, yet full of flavor! Xoxo

  6. Karen says:

    All that beautiful color! This would be great for a cook-out this weekend. Lovely!

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      YES so perfect for summer grilling! Enjoy!

  7. HockeyMom1977 says:

    Nice salad

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      Thank you!!