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Garlicky Panzanella Salad Recipe (aka Better-than-Bruschetta)

Garlicky Panzanella Salad (aka Better-than-Bruschetta)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Garlicky Panzanella Salad (aka Better-than-Bruschetta)

Wondering what panzanella is? Think “delicious deconstructed bruschetta”! Panzanella is a traditional dish made in Tuscany to use up day-old bread and ripe tomatoes. No need to wait for stale bread! Our version takes things up a notch with garlicky toasted French bread and a mix of colorful summer veggies dressed in a yummy vinaigrette. Sometimes traditions are made to be broken!



1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons champagne vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Salad:

3 Tablespoons olive oil

6 cups diced French bread

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3 large ripe tomatoes, diced

1 large cucumber, quartered lengthwise, seeded, diced

1 orange bell pepper, seeded, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, diced

1 medium red onion, quartered, thinly sliced

3/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large non-stick sauté pan. Add bread cubes and cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring often, until well toasted. Remove from heat and stir in garlic. Reserve cubes at room temperature until ready to serve (may be made up to 1 day ahead).
  2. When ready to serve combine tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion, and basil in a large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss well. Fold in bread cubes and serve immediately. Adorable served in small cups for a party!
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