Panzanella is an Italian bread salad from their Tuscany region. It is basically a great dish that Italian’s invented to use the old bread and the outcome was simply delicious.
I find this rare salad combination truly fascinating & am sure you will love it too as it almost works as a whole some meal which is quick and easy to make any time. What more can we ask, bread and veggies together with a wonderful Italian taste.
Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Yields
15 mins 0 mins 15 mins 1-2 Serving
Old bread – 8 slices (cut into bite size pieces) any variety like cibiatta, focaccia, French loaf, sour bread or even brown bread or whole wheat etc.
Tomato – 2 chopped
Cucumber – 1 chopped
Onion – 1 small – finely chopped
Basil leaves – ¼ cup chopped
Fresh green coriander or cilantro – ¼ cup finely chopped
Salt per taste
Ground black pepper
Toasted pine nuts – 2 tablespoons
Extra virgin olive oil – ¼ cup
Red wine vinegar – 3 tablespoon
- In a mixing bowl mix tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, basil & cilantro leaves. Add the olive oil & vinegar. Season with salt & ground black pepper.
- Add the bread pieces and toss together.
Note: These are the majorly the ingredients for a traditional Panzanella & many Italians don’t appreciate adding anything else to it but I sometimes add some other vegetables like boiled & sautéed broccoli or boiled fried crispy potatoes or bell peppers etc. Incase you don’t have red wine vinegar available immidiately, pls try using 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Enjoy the great salad.
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