Authentic Panzanella Recipe

Panzanella Tuscan Bread Salad Recipe

Hello everyone, hope the weather it is getting milder where you live. In fact, I am finally starting to feel Spring it is just around the corner (you can tell which is my favourite season 🙂 ). In fact, this Tuscan bread salad recipe full of colours and simple ingredients, reminds me of the nature blooming everywhere. Basically, I tried to reproduce the Authentic Panzanella recipe which is one of the easiest, cheapest salad you could ever make and I can assure you the results are marvelous. The flavour of the ingredients blend amazingly well with each other and whenever I have some left bread, this is definitely my go to salad. I tried this salad for the first time when me and husband went for our honey moon in Tuscany and since then, it has always been very special to me. You will need basic ingredients like, bread, tomato, celery, onions, olives, olive oil, oregano and yet the final result is simply delicious. Plus, you can leave out the cheese (for the vegetarian version) add other ingredients to personalise it and I will tell you a little trick on how to make the onion easier to digest.

Authentic Panzanella Recipe raw Ingredients

Serves: 2 People

Cooking time: 30 min

 

For this special salad you will need:

200 gr of stale or left over bread

250 gr of fresh tomatoes ( I used the sweet cherry tomatoes)

1/2 of a small red onion

30 gr of olives

1 stalk of celery

30 gr of cheddar cheese ( but you can leave it out or use other type of cheese)

Oregano (the one I used comes from south of Italy)

Fresh Mint

Fresh Parsley

Olive oil

1/2 glass of White wine vinegar

The preparation:

First of all, cut very thinly the onion lengthwise and place them in a small deep container (I used a wine glass) and pour over the vinegar to almost cover the onion. Leave to rest for about 15 minutes (this process will help the onion be more gentle and easy to digest as the vinegar will cook it).

Panzanella Recipe Ingredients
Meanwhile on a bowl, cut into small pieces the tomatoes, olives, the celery then add the mint, parsley, oregano, olive oil, salt and taste. It is very important at this stage to gently squeeze with a fork the ingredients to release some of their juice for the bread to absorb it so that it doesn’t result dry. After 15 minutes drain the onion from the vinegar and add the onion to the bowl (you won’t need to add any more vinegar to the salad as the onions have absorbed it and will release it in the salad). Mix everything together and finally add the chopped pieces of bread. Taste and if you are happy leave to rest for about 10-20 minutes before eating it.

Tuscan bread salad

I really hope you will like this simple salad recipe which is very close to my heart and thus wanted to share it with you like I would with a friend because you know how much I like simple, everyday recipes. This is what I cook everyday and definitely the food I love.

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22 comments

  1. susandrexel · · Reply

    That looks amazing! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words! I am so happy you like it! 🙂

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  2. Looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much Bernice for the nice words, please do give it a go! I am sure you will like it!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  3. Wonderful fresh ingredients- looks delish!

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  4. A great looking salad. Not the usual garden green, but uniquely colorful and as good.

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely words you are right it is not the usual garden green one but I love the final flavour!
      Have a nice week ahead,
      Alice

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words, I really do appreciate!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  5. Love your recipes .

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    1. Aww thank you so much potterwillam3 for the very nice words, I am happy you like my recipes! Thank you again,
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  6. Looks so yummy! I love bread and in a salad just makes my heart sing!

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    1. Aww I love bread in the salad, too and thank you for the very special words. So happy you like it!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  7. I lived in Rome for 18 months some years ago and this was my absolute favourite lunch on my little balcony in the Ghetto watching the world go by … it just oozes sunshine and I will certainly have a go at your recipe which is a welcome reminder that summer will reoccur sometime in the not TOO distant future 🙂

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    1. Awww this comment was so sweet Osyth and you can tell you really miss Rome. I hope the flavour of this recipe will bring you back to that little balcony! I have so many important memories of Rome, (apart from the amazing food in the little traditional restorants) so it will always have a special place in my heart.
      We are getting both too emotional,now! 🙂
      Best wishes and hope you will visit Rome again,
      Alice

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      1. Alice – there is no place like Rome … keep it safe in your heart as I do in mine 🙂

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      2. I will! 🙂 xxc

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  8. This recipe brings me right back to a vacation I took to the south of France. I had a similar salad there served with sardines on the side. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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    1. Thank you so much Renee Lalane for stopping by, hope the taste of this salad will remind you the taste of the french one. 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  9. Looks mouth watering!

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    1. Thank you very much loralinengel for the very nice words. Please do give it a go, I would love to hear from you the results.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  10. This seems super easy to make. I’ll give it a try for sure.

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