Panzanella Salad aka Italian Bread Salad

Indulge in the delightful medley of flavors that is Panzanella Salad. This Italian classic offers a refreshing twist on traditional greens. But it’s not just about the veggies—two elements truly steal the show. First, the crispy croutons, golden and slightly salty, provide the perfect contrast to the fresh ingredients. Each bite is a delightful interplay of textures, offering that satisfying crunch that elevates the whole experience.

panzanella salad recipe

And let’s not forget about the homemade dressing that ties it all together. Bursting with flavor, it adds a tangy and savory note that complements the vibrant veggies. The dressing is a true reflection of the artistry that goes into crafting this salad, ensuring that every mouthful is an explosion of taste.

Panzanella Salad is a harmonious blend of ingredients and a testament to the beauty of simplicity. With every forkful, you’re invited to savor the contrast between the crispy croutons and the tender vegetables, all brought together by the rich, homemade dressing. It’s a dish that’s as visually appealing as it is delicious, making it an ideal addition to any meal, whether as a side or a light main course.

A very generous thank you to CPMA for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you. We love the Half Your Plate program because it aims to educate Canadians of all ages about the importance of fresh produce consumption and encourages them to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables to improve their health.  As always, all recipes and opinions remain our own.  Visit the Half Your Plate website for more information!

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panzanella salad recipe

Panzanella Salad

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


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  • 1 clove of garlic diced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp coarse Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
Salad ingredients
  • 1 French baguette
  • 34 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 12 cherry tomato cut in half
  • 3/4 English cucumber cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 8 mini sweet peppers in bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red onion cut in bite-size pieces
  • 20 leaves of fresh basil cut in strips
  • 3 tbsp capers


  1. Place the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Slice your bread in 1 inch thick pieces then cut in four.
  3. Heat the olive oil and salt in a sauté pan, add the bread, toss and cook until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Place all remaining ingredients into a bowl, add the bread and and toss with the dressing.
  • Category: sides, salads, recipes