Panzanella Salad

Jun 26, 2023 | Salad | 0 comments

Panzanella Salad (Bread Salad)

This is my take on a traditional Italian bread salad called Panzanella. (It can be served with GF croutons or even without croutons all together!) The Italians would typically use stale bread to soak up all of the delicious juices of the salad ingredients. I love to serve it with my home made croutons (oil free, of course!) This is yet another wonderful summer salad that can be used as a meal!
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner, Entrees, Lunch, Main Course, Salads
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: artichokes, basil, bread salad, dairy free, iol free, italian salad, nut free, panzanella, roasted red peppers, zucchini
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Denise Balistrieri

Equipment

  • 1 Large Salad Bowl
  • 1 Small Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 -14 oz can Artichoke Hearts, quartered, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium Zucchini, diced
  • ½ medium Red Onion, sliced
  • 1 -8 oz Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 6-8 slices Roasted Red Peppers, diced (preserved in WATER, not oil)
  • ½ cup Olives, sliced (Green or black, I like the green garlic stuffed olives!)
  • ½ cup Basil, fresh, chopped

Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 cloves Garlic, fresh minced
  • tsp Black Pepper

Topping Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups Bread Croutons (see recipe) (can use GF or omit)

Instructions

Bread Crouton Prep

  • Prep and make the bread croutons ahead of time.

Salad Prep

  • To a large salad bowl, add the prepped salad ingredients.
  • Mix to combine. Set aside.

Salad Dressing Prep

  • Add all of the salad dressing ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  • Whisk to combine.
  • Taste and adjust flavors accordingly.

Salad Assembly

  • Pour the salad dressing over the salad and mix well. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.
  • Serve with the croutons on top of the salad, mixed in the salad or on the side.
  • This salad can be made ahead as the flavors will continue to develop after allowing to rest for several hours.

This is my take on a traditional Italian bread salad called Panzanella. (It can be served with GF croutons or even without croutons all together!) The Italians would typically use stale bread to soak up all of the delicious juices of the salad ingredients. I love to serve it with my home made croutons (oil free, of course!) This is yet another wonderful summer salad that can be used as a meal!